The Dictionary Definition of the reader is: “A person who reads a book.” Predictably so, a reader is accompanied by books and these days may be a Kindle. But does this mean they expect books as the only gifts? Probably not. Also, let’s not forget that buying a book for a book lover can sometimes be a tricky business. Maybe they’ve read it before, maybe they’re not a fan of the author. There is a world of gifting waiting to be explored for our beloved reader friends.
No one likes to make a mistake when giving a gift. So we took this fact into consideration (as we always do) and did the research, sparing you all the hard work. From Bookmarks to Reading lights to Drinks Coasters to Bookshelves we have you covered for inspirational gift ideas for readers.
We have broken this list of 25 great gift ideas for readers down into categories to make it a trouble-free task for you to choose the perfect gift for your lover of literary leanings.
Here we are! Settle back and we’ll begin. Once upon a time…
1. Custom bookmark
One of the most infuriating things for readers is how to mark the page you are on when you take a break. People use the strangest items. I have seen train tickets, leaves, a dollar bill, and even a tissue used in the past. That’s craziness but what is even crazier is the unforgivable ‘bending of the corner of the page’! Eradicate the need for random items by thinking about a custom bookmark with the reader’s name emblazoned upon it. They’ll keep their place in the book and never forget to admire their name while they are at it.
2. Bookmarks based on HARRY POTTER
Here is a cool gift idea for fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ Series of books. Bookmarks with illustrations of some of the most well-loved Harry Potter stories characters. This suggestion is such a great idea as the readers of these books are of all ages and personalities. With these hand-drawn renderings of Harry, Hermione, and Hagrid (to name just a few) you can’t go wrong. They can bookmark the page with the exclamation, “Bookmarkius Expeliannus!”
3. Satin ribbon bookmarks
These handmade satin ribbon bookmarks are a very classy and individualized gift for the reader. They come in an array of vivid colors and each comes with a ‘charm’ attached to the ribbon. Each reader is a one-off personality and you can represent them with the choice of charm attached. They could even use their own charm to style it themselves. Now, there’s an idea. Keyring bookmarks. Genius!
4. Celestial Bookmarks Set
Our choice of reading material obviously shows a lot about our personality and character. These Celestial bookmarks with original designs including ‘Mystical Geometry’ and ‘Witchy Stationery’ are perfect for everyone but especially so for readers with a spiritual, new age leaning. It doesn’t have to be a book of spells but it could be a book about the zodiac or a good old horror story. Spooky but satisfying when they find the page they were reading immediately.
5. LED Neck Reading Light
Who doesn’t like snuggling up in bed or on the sofa with a good book? I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t and I never want to. This LED Neck reading light is the perfect way to be comfortable and have a directional reading light that isn’t going to disturb anyone else whilst they’re using it. With its bendable arms, it means that the light goes exactly where the light is needed. Small, light, and easily transportable, it’s a great gift for readers who also may go camping or traveling. They’ll never complain that they don’t have enough light to finish their latest great read.
6. Energizer Clip-on Book Light
Another wonderful gift idea for “bed-readers” is this Clip-on Book Light. It simply slides onto the book cover and clips into place, securing it, while the reader is lost in the story. It provides the right amount of light without being ‘glary’ and any book lover receiving this is going to get years of illumination (both from the light and also from learning) that they’ll always thank you for every time they use it. It is practical and a little piece of genius.
7. Book Light LED Reading Light Night
This inspirational gift idea was specially created for those nighttime reading sessions. It lights the text gently so that the reader can follow the words and any illustrations or pictures. This is fantastic for anyone that experiences tired eyes from marathon reading sessions, people who wear spectacles, and even students that may have to study late at night. The fact that the transparent panel covers the page means that if anyone else is in bed or in the room, they won’t be disturbed in the slightest by any light leakage. An invaluable reading tool.
8. USB Reading Light Clip Laptop Lamp for Book
Here’s an idea for readers that like to read not just in bed but anywhere. This positionable light with a clip-on design, is good for reading at a desk, in bed, and just about anywhere that you can attach the clip holder design. It’s also going to keep the reader ‘enlightened’ as it can be plugged into a laptop or power bank so it’s definitely a great travel companion.
9. Modern LED Adjustable Floor Lamp for Reading
For our stylish and minimalist readers, we present this height-adjusting reading lamp that shines in its modern glory and comes with remote control for light strength and different color effects. The book lover can be happily lost in their latest book whilst the gentle yet effective lighting does its job ensuring that the right amount of illumination is shining down. The floor-standing design is minimalist and won’t clash with any other decor in the room. A classic gift idea.
10. Kindle Essentials Bundle
Okay, it’s time to recognize the ‘elephant in the room’. Modern book lovers come with different tastes and habits. The revolution in technology has changed the way in which we can consume books. With Kindles and e-readers, we can have an entire library waiting for us on one device. This perfect gift idea for the reader who is ready to make the leap from printed press to Kindle makes the journey easier with a Kindle Bundle. We aren’t saying they can never go back to ‘books’, but this gift just gives them the options they deserve. They’ll be thrilled with this starter bundle.
11. Tablet Soft Pillow – Lap Pad
Imagine a world where not only the humans use a pillow but a Kindle device has its own pillow and that pillow has six different adjustable positions for your viewing pleasure. Well, strap yourself in and welcome the future with open arms. This gift idea is built for comfort and is multi-positionable to accommodate the reading position of the reader. They can have it on their knees, on their desk, or in their bed. It’s all about personal choice. Never again will an author or reader be left uncomfortable.
12. Charger for Kindle Paperwhite
A reader going on a long journey, camping, or just needing the occasional top-up of ‘battery juice’, needs this in their book-loving life. With this gem of a gift recommendation, they will always be ready to finish that intriguing chapter of their book. The Power Bank Charger will be their best friend when they don’t have a ‘regular’ charging point at hand. The constant reader is going to love this accompaniment to their reading journey.
13. Amazon Basics Adjustable Tablet Holder Stand
When you’ve been reading for a long time and your arms get weary, what do you do? You try to balance your book (or in this case, your Kindle) against something but it just won’t stay put. We have the answer. If you’re at your desk or on a train, plane, or on a coach, we have you covered. This adjustable tablet holder stand is the perfect gift for putting the Kindle down and still being able to continue reading. Simple yet efficient in its design and usage.
14. “Bookmarks are for Quitters” – Ceramic Mug
Never ever let anyone say that readers don’t have a good sense of humor. This idea is a guaranteed way to put a smile on your book-worm friend’s face whilst providing them with the means to fuel their reading habit with their next cup of coffee. Big enough to dose them up with just enough caffeine to get to the end of the chapter but small enough to be dishwasher and microwave safe. A great addition to an avid reader’s kitchen cupboard or bookshelf.
15. “Drink Wine, Read Books, Be Happy” Stemless Wine Glass
It isn’t for us to judge what readers ‘weapon of choice’ is when it comes to their reading companion so whether it be coffee or something a little stronger we have the gift ideas for them. This Stemless wine glass will ensure they have the best receptacle for their vino and the best time finishing their book. It is stemless with a flat bottom so there is less chance of it being knocked over as they reach for it with their eyes glued on the text. Nothing worse than a wine-soaked soggy book.
16. Funny Nerd Socks
The perfect gift for book lovers that get cold feet or if you just want to put a smile on your bibliophile’s face. These funny socks will keep the tootsies warm whilst entertaining all around. Marathon reading sessions can get cold in the winter months so make that reader in your life cozy toasty in the feet department and make their heart go mush with this foot-warming gift suggestion.
17. Books Lovers Reusable Mouth Guard
Reading is the moveable feast that keeps on giving. In these times of face-masking, the loyal reader needs certain equipment to be ‘out and about’ with their books. This face mask with a bookshelf printed proudly in the center is a perfect gift to say, “I came here to read, now back off buddy!” Safe, practical, and stylish, this is the best face mask a reader could want or need.
18. Between The Pages Of A Book Is A Lovely Place To Be – Canvas Tote Bag
A humorous and practical book bag makes a wonderful gift for a book lover. Not only can they carry their latest purchases from the bookshop home but they can also carry their groceries home whilst their hands are holding their kindle or paperback book, eagerly thumbing their way through the pages. The printed words on the bag say it all, “Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.” We couldn’t have phrased it any better ourselves. A great gift.
19. Toilet Timer – Funny Gift for Readers
A funny and humorous gift for that reader in your life that likes nothing better than disappearing for a long time to the “smallest room in the house” with a good book only to return complaining. “ I can’t feel my legs!”. Eradicate this problem with this ‘Toilet Timer’ that will alert them when the time is up and it’s time to flush away their problems and return to the real world. This helpful and hilarious gift idea maybe a little silly but we’re betting that it will be used more often than you actually think. *Please excuse the ‘toilet humor’.
20. Head Statue Planters/Bookends
Your average reader owns quite a few books and these books deserve to be stored correctly. These stylish and utterly useful bookends will ensure that the reader’s books are ordered and held securely in place whilst bringing an unusual decoration to any room. The bookends also double as planters, which means with the changing seasons and change in reading material, the flowers that adorn their bookcase also alters. This gift idea will amaze and astound any recipient of this thoughtful gift and be on show on their bookshelf for many years to come. This gift is a ‘grower’!
21. 4-tier Tree Bookshelf
An original and inspiring gift for the reader that always has a number of books ‘on the go’. They will not only keep a track of the books they are currently consuming but also have them at an arms’ length from their favorite reading spot. No more trips to the bookshelf for them, simply reach out and their current reading is only a fingertip away. Keep them organized and keep them happy. A gift for life.
22. Wood/Bamboo Luxury Bath Caddy for Your Book
Oh boy! This practical gift idea blew the team’s socks off here at perfectgift4.com! So now the reader community can escape from the humdrum of normal life and go take a long soak in the tub with their favorite book, a glass of wine (or whatever beverage they choose), and other belongings. All are kept safe and dry with this ingenious Bamboo Luxury Bath Caddy. This gift idea takes away the worry of wet pages and replaces them with sophisticated and relaxing bathtimes. This is the gift that readers didn’t know they needed but will wonder how they did without.
23. Amazon.com eGift Card
What to get a Kindle worshipper? Neither you know exactly which books they have read nor do you have a clue about books they want to read from their expansive Kindle library. So Amazon.com eGift Card classifies as the most logical and perfect gifting choice. With this card, they will have a sea of books to pick from and will love the dash of freedom you offered them with this gift.
24. Foam Pillow Perfect for Back Support
Reading is a fantastic pastime that fills the imagination of the reader with wonderment and knowledge. While reading, it is crucial to maintain a good posture. So this comfortable and priceless reading companion (especially if reading whilst reclining on the sofa or in bed) is a must-have and a gift that both the giftee and their back will thank you for. Let them while away the hours enjoying their latest book and they will be safe in the knowledge that you ‘have their back’. Literally!
25. Book Design Soft Fluffy Throw Blanket
A snuggly and comforting fleece blanket is an indispensable tool for book lovers to help them continue reading to their hearts’ content. This amazing-looking plush throw blanket could make reading more than a kill-your-time activity. Every time they lose themselves in this superb gift they will think of you and thank their lucky stars for having such a great friend.
Summing it up...
So there you go! This was our hand-picked list of the best gift ideas for a hardcore reader in your life. Whether you chose something practical like a personalized bookmark to keep their place, or maybe one of the reading lights that could illuminate their way through the next adventure story, we have something for every kind of book lover. Even the wine glass can help them refuel after a harrowing breakup in the book.
The Kindle readers are not skipped either. Remember with the Amazon gift card it’s up to you how much you put on it.
We hope you found our well-researched list helpful and interesting to help you with gifting choices for your favorite bookworms.
Whichever item you chose, we know that your reader friend or family member will love it.
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