What to Give a Reader for Christmas

by Heather Caliendo
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Christmas trees are up and houses are all decked out with holiday lights. And now it’s time to shop for your favorite bookworms! But you might be wondering—what to give a reader for Christmas??

While books are always a great gift, it sometimes can be hard to know which books to give a fellow reader. After all, they might have already read the book you’re thinking of giving them. Or maybe the book isn’t something they would ever read.

So instead of listing a bunch of books, I decided to make a list of fun bookish gifts that go beyond books (although if you’re looking for book lists, I do have some suggestions here). From coffee mugs to actual coffee to totes, clothing and even some literary-themed cookbooks—there’s so many options for your favorite book lovers (or for yourself!). Click on the photos and links to purchase from Amazon.

For the Tea/Coffee/Wine Lover

Some people are huge tea lovers, while others are all about coffee. And wine is typically a universally loved beverage. Whether it’s tea, coffee or wine, books go together with all three! I found some super cute coffee mugs, plus a wine glass and tumbler. And some tasty tea and coffee options.

Coffee mug

This glass “just one more chapter” mug is so precious! Plus, who hasn’t said, “just one more chapter” when it’s 1 AM on a Tuesday and you have to be up at 6 AM? This mug is dishwasher and microwave safe, plus it’s made in the U.S. I might have to buy this one for myself…

Libraries are actually pretty high-tech now with the check out process. But for anyone who remember the days of the due date card, check out this precious Library Due Date Card Coffee Mug. These coffee mugs are made in Idaho and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Teas

To go perfectly with one of the mugs, check out these “novel teas” feature literary quotes from around the world. This set includes Black English Breakfast caffeinated tea.

If you’re looking to give your tea lover friend more options, check out the Tea Drops Herbal Sampler Assortment Box. The standard tea sampler includes a total of eight tea drops. Two of each: Energizing Matcha Green Tea (Caffeinated), Calming Rose Earl Grey (Caffeinated), Refreshing Citrus Ginger (Caffeine-Free), Cooling Sweet Peppermint (Caffeine-Free).

Coffee

For those still hanging out with their Keurig, I highly recommend the SF Bay Coffee pack! This is my go-to coffee and have actually been buying these for about five years now. It tastes super fresh and makes a really good cup of coffee, Plus, the coffee pods are compostable.

For the whole bean coffee lover, definitely check out Kauai Coffee Whole Bean Coffee, Koloa Estate Medium Roast. I actually have been to this coffee plantation in Kauai. It’s so beautiful there and the coffee is incredible too. Kauai Coffee Company is Hawaii’s one of the largest coffee grower, which means this is one of the largest coffee grower in the U.S. Who doesn’t like to get a gift from Hawaii?

Wine glass

Haha, this I love this “kindly go away, I’m reading” wine glass! I think pretty much all book lovers can relate to that message. This wine glass is made by a family-owned company in Indiana and is also dishwasher safe.

Ooo check out this “If I Can’t Take My Book, I’m Not Going” wine tumbler! I feel like this is a must have for book clubs! This stainless steel number is at 12 oz capacity and can be used for wine, coffee, tea, cocktails, etc. This also comes with a clear BPA-free lid, reusable straw and cleaning brush (hand wash is recommended).

Totes, clothing and other accessories

I received a couple book-themed totes and I figured it was more decoration than anything but I actually use them all the time to carry books. Plus, you can also use them for groceries. And this Kate Spade New York Book Tote is super precious. The canvas tote bag is printed with a multicolored stack of books with classic titles. It also has interior pocket for loose items. 

Pouch

I love the company Out of Print! They have so many fun bookish items. And I think this Pride & Prejudice pouch is absolutely adorable. They also have a ton of other designs too!

Socks

Something I’m learning in life is that you can never have too many socks. These Library Cat Reading Book Crew Socks are super cute. I might have to get these for one of my favorite bookworms!

Haha, oh man, these “F*** off, I’m reading” socks are so great. This is probably the unofficial motto for all bookworms, right? These are definitely for the book lover with a sense of humor!

Shirts

I love the logo on these book nerd shirts! This is such a fun way to help promote reading and the book community. It also comes in a bunch of different colors so lots of options.

Here’s another great one from Out of Print that is especially suited for the Harry Potter lover in your life: Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards t-shirt. This shirt definitely makes a statement!

Cookbooks for book lovers

One of my favorite gifts to give lately are cookbooks! There’s something special about having a printed cookbook. And guess what, there’s some fun ones targeted to book lovers!

The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages That Feature Them by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen is full of all kinds of recipes plus sprinkled throughout with anecdotes about writers and writing. From the publisher: Wake up to a perfect breakfast with Mrs. Dalby’s Buttermilk Scones, courtesy of James Herriot’s All Things Bright and Beautiful and Ichabod’s Slapjacks, as featured in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There’s homey comfort food like Connie May’s Tomato Pie, created with and inspired by Connie May Fowler(Remembering Blue); Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole (Elizabeth Berg’s Open House); and Amish Chicken and Dumplings (Jodi Picoult’s Plain Truth) . . . Sample salads, breads, and such soul-warming soups as Nearly-a-Meal Potato Soup (Terry Kay’s Shadow Song); Mr. Casaubon’s Chicken Noodle Soup (George Eliot’s Middlemarch); and Mrs. Leibowitz’s Lentil-Vegetable Soup (Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes) . . . After relishing appetizers and entrees, there’s a dazzling array of desserts, including Carrot Pudding (Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol); Effie Belle’s Coconut Cake (Olive Ann Burns’s Cold Sassy Tree); and the kids will love C.S. Lewis’s Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

I think I found the new must have for your book clubs! Check out Tequila Mockingbird, a cocktail book for the literary obsessed. From the publisher: featuring 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels, Tequila Mockingbird also includes bar bites, drinking games and illustrations throughout. Drinks include:
The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose; Romeo and Julep; Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita and much more!

You already have some gift ideas for the tea lover so here’s one more tea gift idea: A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere. From the publisher: Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. 

Alright, there you have it—plenty of gift ideas for the book lover in you life!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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