10 Gifts for Book Lovers, and How to Give the Gift of Reading

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, finding the perfect gift can be difficult. Here are some great gift ideas for the book lovers in your life.

An easy gift to give the book lover in your life, is a book. Don’t know where to start? Check out my picks for must-read books from this year.

gifts for book lovers1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Winner of Best Humor by Goodreads Choice Awards 2015, Why Not Me? is funny, entertaining and relatable.  Kaling shares hilarious stories about work, dating, friendships and living in Hollywood.

Read my full review of Why Not Me?

2. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Even with three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes was an introvert who experienced panic attacks before press interviews and avoided social events. But then in Thanksgiving 2013, her life changed when her sister uttered six words to her: You never say yes to anything. Rhimes reveals how saying yes changed her life.

3. Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

Writer, director, producer, actor and comedian known for Knocked Up, Bridesmaids and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Apatow shares conversations with some of the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years. If you know someone who loves comedy, this might be the perfect gift.

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Based on the fictional book series central to the plot of Fangirl, this book centers on a young magician named Simon Snow who attends magician school along with his best friend Penelope, his girlfriend and his nemesis.

5. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

In her debut novel, Hawkins delivers a psychological thriller about Rachel, a commuter who travels the same train every morning, until one day Rachel witnesses something that will change her life forever.

6. The Martian by Andy Weir

After a dust storm forces his crew to leave him for dead, Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars. Armed with limited resources, Watney must find a way  to overcome countless obstacles in order to survive.

Book-Inspired Gifts

If you’re not sure what kind of book your gift-ee would be into, there are plenty of gifts for book lovers that make great accompaniments to their favorite hobby.

JackieGraphs1.  Book Throw Pillow(s)

Want a clever but cute gift for your favorite book lover? Try a throw pillow. Etsy has over six hundred book throw pillows with quotes, catchy phrases and images that you can customize for that special someone on your list.

2. Book-Themed Candles

Opt for a scented candle, like this one from FromthePage’s  which is eco-friendly and inspired by some of your favorite novels. FromthePage also sells book-inspired lip balms.

3. Kindle Cover / Phone Case

Call me old-fashioned, but there is nothing like reading a book cover to cover. But, this cover from Amazon makes me want to buy a Kindle…almost. A book-inspired phone case or wallet is another great gift idea.

4. Jewelry or Accessories

These Pride & Prejudice inspired earrings are definitely on my list! Made in the Attic  also offers earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

More Ways to Give the Gift of Reading

In the spirit of giving, consider donating your gently-used books this Christmas. Below are a few organizations that accept books during the holiday season:

Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects gently-used books and sends them to soldiers overseas.

Books for Africa partners with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ship books to students. The organization many types of books but are interested in books that are relevant to African students.

Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive donates books to hundreds of charities across the country. In 2014, Barnes and Nobles with the help of generous customers donated 1.5 million books to over 650 charities across the country. Contact your local branch of Barnes and Nobles for more information.

Many children’s hospitals or children’s wings are often in need of new or gently-used books. Contact your local hospital to find out how you can help.

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