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101+ Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Are you looking for gifts for book lovers that aren’t books? These are some of The Uncorked Librarian’s favorite literary gifts paired with iconic authors and titles from childhood to adulthood.

Gifts for Book Lovers That Aren't Books
Your literary gifts and book lover gift guide from a rogue librarian.

This post has been updated from the fall of 2018 to reflect upcoming 2019 gifts for bibliophiles.

Warning! Warning! This is not just another BLAH literary gift list. 

Yes; yes; of course, you will discover butterbeer tea, Shakespearean enamel pins, and funny bookish Fifty Shades spoofs. There are coffee mugs, book-themed watercolor prints, home decor, tote bags, and scented candles. I know that you will find the perfect book-related gift for you…r best friend.

But, you will also learn about some of my writing heroes and daily sources for inspiration. Maybe you will even find a new book to add to your personal library. 

Read on for infamous authors and books that leave imprints on your soul like wine stains on your lips. Plus, you don’t want to shop without this book lovers’ gift guide, either.

100 fun and inspirational gifts for book lovers
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The Best Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Dear Momma Claus, Daddy Tooth Fairy, Grandma Easter Bunny, Uncle Birthday Wish Fulfiller, Best Friend Any Time Of The Year You Wish To Shower Me With Gifts Giver:

This year, The Uncorked Librarian and her book nerd friends would like the following gifts for book lovers that aren’t books.

HOWEVER, these literary gifts paired with the actual book and a glass of wine are also perfectly acceptable. Oh, and a horse. I would love a horse. Or a huge Bernese Mountain Dog since I live in North Carolina now.

Roald Dahl Book-Themed Literary Gifts

Who doesn’t love the zany and somewhat inappropriate but sarcastically funny Dahl?

Roald Dahl T-Shirt
Roald Dahl Tote Bag
Roald Dahl Wooden Quote Sign
Roald Dahl Recipes Book
Roald Dahl Willy Wonka Mug
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka Necklace
Roald Dahl Earrings
Roald Dahl BFG Candle
Roald Dahl T-Shirt
Roald Dahl Tote Bag
Roald Dahl Wooden Quote Sign
Roald Dahl Recipes Book
Roald Dahl Willy Wonka Mug
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka Necklace
Roald Dahl Earrings
Roald Dahl BFG Candle

Looking back at my innocent childhood and days of Roald Dahl, my naïve and virgin eyes had no idea that Willy Wonka had casually murdered off greedy little children in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The cute and always dumbfounded Big Friendly Giant wasn’t a stereotype of no schooling but instead a misguided and large whimsical friend. The racial stereotypes in The BFG are not quite so…friendly.

Yet, who didn’t love James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches?

While I will always struggle with the subtle, not always PC messaging throughout Roald Dahl’s writing, his sometimes crude and classic stories offer a magical escape for those in less fortunate worlds. The message of perseverance and kindness always breaks through. Those with large hearts come out on top.

I, for one, would love Dahl literary gifts like book earrings and a tote for my library stash.

2. Anthony Bourdain Travel-Themed Gifts For His Book And TV Fans

Not only did I watch EVERY show, but I also read all of Bourdain’s books.

Anthony Bourdain Vinyl Sticker
Anthony Bourdain Popular T-Shirt
No Reservations Shirt
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Socks
Anthony Bourdain Vinyl Sticker
Anthony Bourdain Popular T-Shirt
No Reservations Shirt
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Socks

Speaking of heart, mine was cracked into a thousand pieces with the untimely death of this well-traveled and heartfelt soul.

Anthony Bourdain shaped the course of my life and many others. He traveled with a unique eye that went right into the soul and core of what makes us human. This is a heavy weight for anyone’s heart. As he traveled the world, Bourdain shared with viewers the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not to mention the yummy.

Before moving to Indonesia as a United States Fulbright, I watched all of his shows and devoured his books. Bourdain and Bryson inspired me to think critically, write sarcastically, and never forget the history of a place. People, relationships, and community are boss.

From learning that one should not order fish on a Monday in Kitchen Confidential to seeing how food transcends language in A Cook’s Tour, I understood then as I do now that no one will ever compare to the greatness of Bourdain.

If you are in need of more unique gift ideas for book lovers and travelers that don’t land on every literary gift guide list, Bourdain is for you. I love mixing books and travel.


Bourdain is one of my favorite travel writers of all time

Before I started traveling, I read inspiring travel memoirs from Bourdain, Gilbert, Mayes, and Bryson. Discover the travelers who have most influenced my life through their stories.


3. The Little Prince Book Lover Gifts

Let’s not forget to speak to the child in us all.

The Little Prince Temporary Tattoo
The Little Prince Tote Bag
The Little Prince Statement Piece Scarf
The Little Prince Watercolor Prints
The Little Prince Socks
The Little Prince Notecards
The Little Prince Celestial Chain Necklace
The Little Prince Watercolor Print
The Little Prince Fox Plush Toy
The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Inspired Ring

Looking for gifts for book nerds? The classic geek is usually pretty The Little Prince obsessed. Who doesn’t love or at least know about this timeless picturebook?

Connection to people and the world is everything to this uncorked traveler. When I travel around the world, I want to leave my mark and be remembered in a familial and community-oriented way.

Just like the Little Prince asks the fox if they can tame each other, I crave this relationship building:

For me you are only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me and I’ll be the only fox in the world for you…You see the wheat fields over there? I don’t eat bread. For me wheat is of no use whatever.   Wheat fields say nothing to me. Which is sad. But you have hair the color of gold. So it will be wonderful, once you’ve tamed me! The wheat, which is golden, will remind me of you. And I’ll love the sound of the wind in the wheat. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince exemplifies the lessons learned from Bourdain about how to travel and love.

Like the messages I missed in Dahl’s work growing up, the Little Prince also has an implied tragic end much like Bourdain. Although slightly concerning for the wanderlust and possibly stricken soul, these restless and intuitive minds possess timeless messages of how to live and love in the world.

As someone with a The Little Prince tattoo, I’d personally love any of these non-bookish gifts from one of my favorite books of all time–that I read every single year.

Have you read The Little Prince?


Looking For More Books Like The Little Prince To Make You Think About Life and The World?

The Little Prince is one of those books for any age with translations across the world. If you are looking for more powerful books to make you laugh, cry, and think, you’ll love this book list exclusive to TUL.


4. Shakespeare-Themed Literary Gifts For Bookworms

To buy or not to buy…

Shakespeare Insult Bandages
Shakespeare Plush Doll
Shakespeare Mad Libs
Shakespeare Magnetic Poetry
Much Ado About Nothings Sticky Notes
Why So Ever Bards Dispense Profanity: A Party Game Based on the Works of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare Women’s Shirt
Shakespeare Enamel Book Pin
Shakespeare Tree Ornament
Shakespeare Journal
Shakespeare Scarf
Shakespeare Pencils
Shakespeare Tea
Shakespeare Cookie Cutters

What is your favorite Shakespearean play?

I will always love the witches in Macbeth and the spritely humor of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. King Lear and his greed will never cease to amaze me, and I probably will forgo reading Romeo and Juliet for the 50th time since college and high school.

Yet, Shakespeare is a writer who captures the essence of the human soul. While writers like Bourdain and Bryson chose an entertainingly sardonic tone, this infamous writer adds an element of poetry and beauty with equally biting observations.

Do you think we should make Shakespeare cookies this year? Personally, I love these classic literature gifts for book lovers that aren’t books that can sit on my desk to inspire me: pencils, paperweights…chocolate.


Macbeth Is My Favorite Spooky Classic

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read Macbeth. The English major in me is a tad obsessed. If you are looking for book creepy classics like Macbeth as well as horror stories perfect for any season, you’ll scream for this book list.


5. The KING Of Literary Gifts: HARRY POTTER

You cannot go wrong with HP, can you?

Paladone Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light – Table Lamp
Harry Potter Snowy Owl
Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Woven Tapestry Throw Blanket
LEGO Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Hogwarts Whomping Willow Puzzle
Harry Potter Wands
Harry Potter Key Holder
Harry Potter Lip Balm
Harry Potter Butterbeer Tea
Harry Potter Coasters
Harry Potter Bracelet
Harry Potter Pouch
Harry Potter Wizard Scarves
Harry Potter Sweater
Harry Potter Wine Glass
Harry Potter Bath Bombs

Ready for TUL to unleash a wild secret in the midst of this bookish inspiration? When I first picked up the Harry Potter series way back when, I couldn’t get past the third title. Yup. I stopped reading Harry Potter. GASP.

Years later, after all of the insane hype, I started over during a snowy winter. I read all of the books and admittedly loved the story. Would I say that I am obsessed, though? No. But, I appreciate each novel, the world-building, and what J.K. Rowling has given the world. If there has ever been a reading Renaissance, J.K Rowling caused it.

Plus, I love Harry Potter gifts and novel teas. Even more, I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. And butterbeer is…well…


Looking for more gift ideas? Check out these Fun and Inspiring Gifts for Writers

6. Rainbow Rowell-Themed Gifts For Readers

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like teenage angst

Fangirl Book Earrings
Fangirl Bookmark
Eleanor and Park Bookmarks
Rainbow Rowell Fangirl Keychain
Fangirl Book Earrings
Fangirl Bookmark
Eleanor and Park Bookmarks
Rainbow Rowell Fangirl Keychain
Fangirl Book Earrings
Fangirl Bookmark
Eleanor and Park Bookmarks
Rainbow Rowell Fangirl Keychain

If fandoms are your thing, you’ll love these literary gifts that focus on Rainbow Rowell novels.

P.S. As I am writing up this list, TUL has realized that her soul is now under scrutiny too. I guess I love a little angst and truth. Hey, ‘in vino veritas,’ is the first phrase I learned in my Latin undergrad class.

Eleanor and Park is straightforward raw honesty. Remember Daria from MTV? I am getting pretty nostalgic.

Rowell writes with a slower pace that encapsulates the morals of Bourdain, Dahl, and even Shakespeare into realistic fiction novels.  Fangirl will always be one of my Rowell favorites, and I still need to read Carry On.  Rowell also introduced me to the awesomely geeky world of fandoms.

7. A Discovery of Witches Book Gift Ideas

If witches are your jam, you’ll love these more occult-like gifts for book lovers

A Discovery of Witches Candles
A Discovery of Witches Blue Pendant
A Strange Assortment Of Objects Necklace
A Discovery of Witches Mug
A Discovery of Witches Bookmark
A Discovery of Witches Mug
A Discovery of Witches Candles
A Discovery of Witches Blue Pendant
A Strange Assortment Of Objects Necklace
A Discovery of Witches Mug
A Discovery of Witches Bookmark
A Discovery of Witches Mug
A Discovery of Witches Candles
A Discovery of Witches Blue Pendant
A Strange Assortment Of Objects Necklace
A Discovery of Witches Mug
A Discovery of Witches Bookmark
A Discovery of Witches Mug

I cannot wait to watch the TV series for A Discovery of Witches. I am behind here. Full disclosure but I only read the first novel so far.  Time, man.  Time.

Deborah Harkness is indeed my grownup Harry Potter.  I love the mix of history, Charlaine Harris supernatural inter-species romance, and bookish witches. P.S. You can read my most popular post EVER on TUL about wickedly witchy books here.

Along with this book recommendation, I have to admit: reading an almost 600-page novel has become hard on this boozy book lover. Shameful, I know.

Am I a product of my time with a technology-induced, shorter attention span? Maybe? Or am I too tapped out? That too. Anyone else find themselves getting book anxiety over any title longer than 350 pages?

Read More About A Discovery of Witches.

8. The Handmaid’s Tale Book Related Gifts

Kickass Bookish Gifts For The Feminist In Your Life

The Handmaid’s Tale Mug
The Handmaid’s Tale Pin 2
The Handmaid’s Tale Earrings
The Handmaid’s Tale Sweatshirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Patches
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses
The Handmaid’s Tale Mug
The Handmaid’s Tale Pin 2
The Handmaid’s Tale Earrings
The Handmaid’s Tale Sweatshirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Patches
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses

The world is a scary place right now, at least in America. Politics, prejudices, elections, leaders, and the treatment of all non-white males have heads reeling. I honestly think all of this heartbreak and fear is why Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has become so popular, especially with the TV series.

Disturbing and emotional, most of us cannot peel our eyes away. In fact, American society is dressing up like handmaids during protests. For me, this story is a stark reminder not to become complacent, to speak up, fight back, and to never give up hope.

You would think that The Handmaid’s Tale wouldn’t make the most uplifting literary gifts, but we all want to smash the patriarchy, right?!

9. Fifty Shades of Grey Gifts

How about those gifts for book lovers that want sexy? Or silly…

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades of Grey Keyring
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Bookmark
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades of Grey Keyring
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Bookmark
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug

Going from serious to fun, I cracked up at Book Club. Grandma might love these presents for book lovers and 50 Shades fans. Can’t unsee that, can you?!

Whether or not you choose to hate the Fifty Shades of Grey series, the story is iconic with the movies taking over Valentine’s Day for women across the world. I choose to love these books in a funny, light-hearted way.  I appreciate the controversy and passion they stir up, good and bad. Sexual meets successful.

You might be questioning my choices right about now with what I said about good ole HP. Do you really even know me?!

Laters, Baby.

10. Where’s Waldo?  Book Themed Gifts

Where did my money go?! Old books make my heart sing.

Where’s Waldo Earrings
Where’s Waldo Hat
Where’s Waldo Knee Socks
Where’s Waldo Glasses
Where Is Waldo? Shirt
Where is Waldo Pillow
Where’s Waldo Earrings
Where’s Waldo Hat
Where’s Waldo Knee Socks
Where’s Waldo Glasses
Where Is Waldo? Shirt
Where is Waldo Pillow
Where’s Waldo Earrings
Where’s Waldo Hat
Where’s Waldo Knee Socks
Where’s Waldo Glasses
Where Is Waldo? Shirt
Where is Waldo Pillow

Where in the world is The Uncorked Librarian? Ugh, she moved this year so she is HOME. HOME HOME HOME. How can I travel with my cats are so traumatized? Send me all the bookish gifts for this homebody, please…

Personally, I love that Waldo got a dog, girlfriend, and entire community to find along with him. I grew up with these books and still guard them on my shelves. I could sit for hours looking at Waldo book pages for those classic red and white stripes.

As adults, we once made a drinking game out of finding Waldo, his socks, and the toaster oven.

What I love is that Where’s Waldo still exists and his worlds show creative points in time. Our former home in Central Florida hides Waldo in the boutique shops for kids to find while their family members are shopping. I hope Waldo will always be a part of our lives like Big Bird.

He’s never really lost, is he?

11. Jane Austen Book Gifts

Literature [on the] rocks, please

Jane Austen Buttons
Pride and Prejudice Literary Fabric
Jane Austen Sweatshirt
Jane Austen Crochet Doll Pattern
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Book Scarf
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Rocks Glass
Jane Austen Buttons
Pride and Prejudice Literary Fabric
Jane Austen Sweatshirt
Jane Austen Crochet Doll Pattern
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Book Scarf
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Rocks Glass
Jane Austen Buttons
Pride and Prejudice Literary Fabric
Jane Austen Sweatshirt
Jane Austen Crochet Doll Pattern
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Book Scarf
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Rocks Glass

While The Handmaid’s Tale is the perfect modern feminist drama, we have to remember our classics, too.

I’m not going to lie, Jane Austen is one of those authors that I pretend to love but am on the fence about. However, as a literature major, she deserves an homage of gifts for her epic universal truths about women, social standing, and the economy.

What is your favorite Jane Austen book? I am still a sucker for Pride and Prejudice.

If you are in need of a literary gift for a book lover who is a tad boozy, why not go down the Jane Austen route? Who knew?

12. Alice In Wonderland Trippy Presents For Book Lovers

Through the drinking glass…

Alice In Wonderland Pin
Alice In Wonderland Playing Cards
Alice In Wonderland Watercolor
Alice In Wonderland Bow
Alice In Wonderland Writing Gloves
Alice In Wonderland Pin
Alice In Wonderland Playing Cards
Alice In Wonderland Watercolor
Alice In Wonderland Bow
Alice In Wonderland Writing Gloves
Alice In Wonderland Pin
Alice In Wonderland Playing Cards
Alice In Wonderland Watercolor
Alice In Wonderland Bow
Alice In Wonderland Writing Gloves

As a child, I actually found Alice In Wonderland a tad frightening. It’s like those dreams where you wake up feeling like you just fell down the rabbit hole. The Queen screaming “off with their heads” left me equally disturbed.

Then, I became a history major….

Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass grew in popularity with Johnny Depp. Who doesn’t love the Cheshire Cat and anyone else who is high as a kite in the story? Plus, I do love a mad tea party…

Any fan is sure to love these Alice book-related gifts.

Practical Gift Ideas For Book Lovers

Must book accessories

A Book Light

We all know the stereotype that book lovers stay up late at night reading. I, for one, am usually up far past my pilot husband, and sometimes, I just want to read from my cozy corner of the bed. Lights can be pretty obtrusive.

One of the best gifts for a book lover is, of course, a book reading light. Preferably, I enjoy a clip:

A book light with clip makes for the perfect book lover gift

Kleenex?!

I bet you didn’t think of this one, but what happens when you read a sad and sappy novel? Sniffle, sniffle, sniffle.

I reach over and grab…my husband’s shirt!

But maybe if I had a cute tissue box cover, I’d actually use my Kleenex:

Book lover gift tissue box cover

Note-Taking Schwag

Whether your book-loving ‘friend’ is a book reviewer, blogger, student, or just note-taking fiend, I usually love to have sticky notes close by. WRITING IN BOOKS IS BAD!! [Says grownup to Christine to college Christine.]

Of course, I have to live up to the stereotype here:

book accessories cat-themed sticky notes

Your Own Little Library Kit

How many times do you ‘borrow’ your friends’ books and never return them or vice versa?

In college, one of my friends was a DVD fanatic. She had a huge library of the best movies and created her own little checkout system to track who borrowed which title. A brilliant method, especially since the movies circulated on a drunk weekend and no one remembered what they just ate or who they kissed. Or was that just me?

The perfect gift for readers and book sharers not wanting to lose their books is definitely this adorable little library kit:

practical gifts for book lovers lending library kit with stamp and due date cards

I love and miss the gratification of stamping a little card. Can we go back to those days, please?

A Book Page Holder

First world problems include your book page flipping over on you while you are reading. I swear, they make something for everyone, but it’s kind of needed, right?!

gifts for book lovers like a wooden book page holder

Bookends

Every bookworm needs a few bookends to keep their stash pretty and upright. How else could you organize those rainbow shelves? These have a Poe-esque element that I love:

gifts for book lovers that aren't books like crow and skull bookends

So Are You Ready To Go Shopping For Literary Gifts?

I hope that you found some great reads and gifts for book lovers that AREN’T books. I mean, yes, I slyly slipped in books too…rogue librarians are sneaky like that.

Giving a book is truly sharing a gift that never stops giving, inspiring, and teaching.  A book-related gift is even more fun!

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101 Literary Gifts For Books Lovers That Are Not Just Books
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Sarah

Friday 18th of October 2019

I love this list. While books are always top on my gift wish list, I do like the idea of book-inspired gifts. I really want that tissue holder, that would totally make my day. I think I know what to show my husband as a gift idea. The book page holder is neat, I had no idea such a thing existed. I feel like it would be great for those big hardcover books that are always a challenge to hold open.

Christine

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

I definitely agree: we love giving books for baby showers and children's parties, but sometimes, a fun bookish gift is perfect too. I also know that not everyone loves the clutter of books around their house. GASP. But, me included, honestly.

I love all of the gadgets out there to make reading easier. Who knew?! I really need a light to clip on my book.

Kathy | Tasty Itinerary

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Again, your list is the bomb! I could never find any of these things on my own. You really picked out some unique and cool for book lovers. It's not the same lame stuff you see everywhere else. Plus, Etsy is awesome.

Love the infobox at the end reminding people to support their bloggers during this upcoming season!

P.S. I love that Wonka Factory mug.

Christine

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thanks so much! I love working on gift guides for book lovers and writers because I want it ALL. Etsy is awesome--they have the most unique finds.

Rachel @ Never Enough Novels

Friday 11th of October 2019

Oh my gosh I actually have that tissue holder!! It honestly makes me so happy every time I see it. My mom found it at a flea market somewhere, so I was surprised to see it here! This post is so well organized and specific. I'm going back through my book lover gift guide and realized it's just a hodge podge of about 7 things I would want someone to buy me hahaha. My goal at some point is to create one that's, you know, actually useful and easy to navigate for others.... Seems so obvious, right?!

Christine

Sunday 13th of October 2019

Aahaha. I am actually headed over to your blog to check out how you gift guide! I knew we were both working on them from FB (I do a 'gifts for writers' one that I have to update soon too), and I always think it's fun to see what people have. I totally make guides with EVERYTHING that I want haha. When the blogging gurus tell you that you should be targeting one specific person--sometimes I target ME. Someone has to like what I like...

I saw that tissue holder and thought: if that doesn't scream book lover gift, I'm out.

Nadia

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I love the idea of Wheres Waldo themed gifts?❤️ Great post !????

Christine

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Me too! Thank you!

Dagney

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Yay! Great list, as always! If I didn't live out of a backpack, I'd be all over the Where's Waldo stuff! I love the 'Waldo Finds Himself' t-shirt. I just love t-shirts the reference random geeky things. I have a whole stack of them in storage that I miss dearly. It PAINED me to not be able to wear my Freddie Mercury t-shirt (the element 'Hg' dressed up in Freddie Mercury's yellow strap jacket) to see 'Bohemian Rhapsody!'

That elephant 'The Little Prince' ring is also super cute!

Christine

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

It was SO hard not to buy everything while I was compiling this. People on Etsy are so crafty.

I love buying my husband geeky t-shirts. My fav is a French one saying “this is not a shirt” after that whole art movement. I, too, have too many T-shirts packed up.