8 Gift Ideas for Book Lovers (That They’ll Actually Want)

Book lovers: the easiest people to shop for when the holidays come around… Right? Maybe not. Especially when you want to do something a little more creative than, well, give them a book.

This list of gift ideas for book lovers will help you find that perfect something special for your favourite bookworm (or add a few things to your own Christmas wish list). And, to make it even easier, we’ve broken it down based on what type of reader you’re trying to find a present for. You’re welcome.

1. For the Print Junkie: Better Bookmarks

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a reader in possession of a physical book must be in want of a bookmark. Diehard print junkies are always in search of something to mark their page. Upgrade their reading experience from a torn piece of paper or receipt to a fun page marker that’ll make them smile (even when they have to stop reading).

Top picks include cute magnetic bookmarks and book darts (small metal clips that make it easy not only to mark a page, but also a specific line on that page—perfect for type A readers). Bonus: bookmarks make good stocking stuffers or a nice accompaniment to a book.

If you *really* want to give them a gift they’ll remember, get them Craftedvan’s Read Happy Plan, a subscription that’ll send them adorable bookmarks and other reading-themed stationary goodies every month—perfect for the person who’s always losing their page markers.

Narwhal bookmark from TheStickerGenie on Etsy, Read Past Bedtime bookmark from Craftedvan's Read Happy Plan and book darts from Cool Material.


2. For the Audiobook Devotee: Headphones

Audiobooks are one of the fastest growing trends in publishing and it makes sense. For readers on the go, audiobooks make it possible to fit reading into busy schedules. But what’s an audiobook without some way of listening to it? Treat the avid audiobook listener to a nice pair of headphones and they’ll love you forever. The trick to this bookworm present lies in figuring what style of headphones your gift-receiver prefers: in-ear, on-ear, over-the-ear, wireless—the list goes on. Aim to do some subtle sleuthing or try asking the experts at your local electronics store for recommendations. 

And, with audiobooks from the Edmonton Public Library, this is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Audiobook fans can listen to thousands of titles completely free from EPL, with great reads across genres.  

Looking for a stocking stuffer? EPL offers affordable earbuds, only $3 (plus GST) from EPL branches. Earbuds are available in four colours: black, blue, green and white. Note: availability may vary from location to location.

Beats wireless on-ear headphones from Apple, earbuds from EPL and Airpods from Apple


3. For the Stylish Bookworm: Literary Art Prints

If your bookish gift recipient is into home décor (or sprucing up their office), then a literary-themed art print may be just the thing. There are literally thousands of options out there, with unique offerings on sites like Society6 and Etsy. Options range from quotes about books to author quotes to literary-inspired art. For a personal touch, try looking for a quote from their favourite writer or a beautiful line from a book they love.

Albert Einstein library quote print from FoxandWild on Etsy, Louisa May Alcott quote print from AKAFoil on Etsy and Jane Austen book print from letterwright on Etsy.


4. For the eBook Fan: a Tablet or eReader

For avid readers who are all about digital books, you can’t go wrong with gifting them a device to read on. Whether you opt for a multi-use tablet (like Apple’s iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab) or a more purpose-driven eReader (like a Kobo), this gift will deliver hours upon hours of entertainment.

This is especially thoughtful if you pair it with a list of recommended reads from the tens of thousands of eBooks available for free at the Edmonton Public Library or point your giftee towards their favourite newspapers, magazines and other publications, available digitally for EPL customers.

Kobo Aura eReader from Kobo, Kobo Aura H20 from Kobo and iPad from Apple.


5. For the Multi-Book Reader: a Bookish Tote

Looking for the perfect present for someone who’s never without a book? (Or two. Or three…) Get them a sturdy tote bag to cart around their paper treasures. This Christmas present idea is ideal for readers who never pick up *just* one book at a time.

Tons of places—from bookstores to online shops—offer book-themed totes. Online marketplace Society6 features the work of tons of different artists, so it’s a great go-to for a variety of options.

If your gift recipient is also a fan of EPL, then consider getting them an EPL tote. With several fun (and sometimes cheeky) sayings to choose from, there’s something for everyone. And, at only $2 (plus GST) each, they also make great gift bags. Add a little tissue around whatever you’re wrapping and deliver their present in a package they can use again and again. Note: availability may vary from location to location.

Book Dinosaurs from Bonnie on Society6, I Read Past My Bedtime from bookwormboutique on Society6, Library Lovers from EPL, One Card from EPL, Go to the Library by Risa Rodil, The Weather Outside is Frightful from bookwormboutique, Library Card from Gas Station Burrito, Books Are a Uniquely Portable Magic from bookwormboutique and Smart is the New Black from EPL.


6. For the Library Lover: a Donation to EPL in Their Name

If the person you’re shopping for is the “I really don’t need anything” type and they’re a fan of the Edmonton Public Library, then you might consider making a donation to the Library in their name.

Donations to EPL help fund innovative programs and projects, like our Stanley A. Milner Revitalization initiative, which aims to help build a thriving and vibrant downtown Edmonton.

7. For the Reader Who’s All About the Experience: Cozy Reading Accompaniments

If your favourite bookworm is a reader who likes the experience of reading as much as their actual book, then you might want to consider gifting them some treats that’ll take their next read to the next level.

Great options include a mug to enjoy a warm beverage, warm socks to cozy up in or even literary-themed scented candles.

Heat-activated banned books mug from Out of Print, library card socks from Out of Print and Sherlock Holmes-themed candle from Uncommon Goods


8. For Your Inner Bookworm: An EPL Card

Between the cooking and the shopping and the decorating, the holidays can be stressful. Treat yourself to a good book (and some much-needed downtime) by picking up your own Edmonton Public Library card. With it, you can borrow thousands of books, eBooks, audiobooks, and more. The best part? It’s completely free. The perfect price for any holiday budget. Sign up for free online or find an EPL branch near you.

Nothing on the list seem quite right for your bookworm? Check out one of the many DIY books available for free from the Edmonton Public Library and try crafting a thoughtful present instead.

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