When you’re looking for gifts for librarians or bibliophiles, it’s tempting to go for books because that’s what they love. Think outside the box – or book – with this collection of book and author-themed gifts that really stand out from the (madding) crowd. T-shirts, socks, recipe books, and teas are all there for the choosing, whether they’re a fan of the classics or like their literature bang up to date.
Classic Literature Rocks Glass
Books and booze make the perfect end to the day, and with this rocks glass, they can combine the two beautifully. Depicting one of four great classics, these glasses carry classic text and graphics from Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Joyce’s Ulysses, H G Wells’ War of the Worlds, or Melville’s Moby Dick.
Banned Book Socks
When a book is banned it’s almost certainly destined to become a bestseller, and this pair of socks pays tribute to that fact. One sock is printed with the titles of many banned classics such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, which the other sock is heavily redacted to show censorship.
Flask Book Box
There’s nothing like cozying up with a good book when the weather turns colder, but rather than a mug of hot cocoa, your bibliophile can take a shot of their favorite spirit, instead. This reclaimed book flask holder and flask will fit discreetly onto the bookshelf for a handy winter warmer.
100 Books Scratch Off Poster
There are so many great new books available that getting around to the classics can be hard. This scratch-off poster makes choosing simple, as it features 100 of the literary world’s most beloved tomes. Available in adult’s and children’s versions, each scratch off panel hides beautiful literary artwork underneath.
Writer Playing Cards
Forget a standard deck of playing cards and buy this authors set instead. The four suits are represented by four different genres (mid-century, modern, contemporary, and post-modern), and each card features a beautiful portrait of a well-known author, from Doris Lessing and George Orwell, to Maya Angelou and J.K Rowling.
Librarian Action Figure
We’ve all got our own superpower, and librarians are no exception. Saving the world from hours of fruitless searching, this unassuming being can find books in the blink of an eye. Paying tribute to the keeper of the written word, this action figure will make an awesome gift for librarians.
Library Card Tote Bag
Although book lending is all done electronically now, anyone who frequents a library will recognize the iconic lending card. This tote is perfectly sized for carrying books – whether for work or for school – and is designed to look exactly like a blank library card, just waiting for that first entry.
Shakespearean Insults Chart
Modern day put-downs aren’t a patch on the insults of old, and this poster will change the way the recipient curses forever. Divided into sections such as ‘personality traits’ and ‘bodily qualities’, this 24″ x 18″ poster is packed with offensive affronts penned by none other than William Shakespeare himself.
One of the secrets to speedy restocking of shelves (along with a superhuman knowledge of books) is The Trolley, which enables lots of books to be transported at once. This mug will make a cute addition to a librarian’s desk and holds a respectable 11 fluid ounces.
Love of Learning Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure
Lovers of Willow Tree figurines will adore adding this sweet figure to their collection. Cast in resin from Susan Lordi’s original piece, this 5.5” piece makes a touching gift for any book lover, graduate, or English teacher, and comes with a card bearing the words ‘Open Books, Open Mind’.
Miniature Book Locket Necklace
Small and delicate, this beautiful locket will make a lovely wearable gift for book lovers. Made from antique bronze, this 26mm x 20mm opening book hangs on a choice of chain lengths from 14 to 20 inches, and is accompanied by a round charm hand-stamped with the initial of your choice.
Cat Scratch Bookends
You don’t have to be crazy to be a cat lady or man – after all, what could be more comforting than curling up with a book and a furry friend or two? These bookends feature a black cat at each end, standing up and clawing at the pile of books inside.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
Drinks taste better when served with ice and a slice of literature, and this book will show readers how to make some awesome book-inspired cocktails to entertain their highbrow friends. With 65 cocktails included, as well as witty repartee and games, Tequila Mockingbird makes a fun gift for any bibliophile.
Personal Library Kit
Books are meant to be shared, but it can be devastating to lose a copy when friends fail to return them. Make sure that never happens with this fun Personal Library Kit. Based on the old ‘card and date stamp’ method, this kit will ensure their books get returned every time.
Made to bring a smile to the face of tea drinkers, these tea bags each have a tag that’s printed with a literary quote from some of the world’s greatest authors. Filled with quality English Breakfast Tea, these 25 bags will turn tea time into a miniature lesson in literature.
Library Card Socks
Lending libraries might use digital systems nowadays, but there’s no mistaking the look of a library card. Nostalgic and whimsical, these yellow socks feature an all-over print that looks just like a blank library card that was used in ‘the old days’.
It's A Good Day To Read Shirt
Lots of people display their hobbies and passions on their clothes, so why shouldn’t avid readers? This tee comes as a v neck or round neck, and shows a beautiful scene incorporating mountains, a river, and the sun, along with an open book and a pair of shades.
Add a little floral fancy to the bookshelf with this pair of clever bookends. Made from glass and handcrafted by artisans in Poland, each bookend has been fashioned into a vase to hold real or faux flowers, or alternatively can be used to keep desk accessories safe.
First Edition Book Cover Art Print
There’s something special about a first edition, and that something has been captured in this beautiful framed print. With more than 40 classics available, from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Emily Bronte’s Withering Heights, each digitally remastered photograph captures the beauty of these stunning early copies.
Ideal Bookshelf Art
Readers and writers alike will enjoy displaying one of these colorful prints on the wall. With collections from several genres, including travel, feminist, and the classics, as well as how-to books for prospective and seasoned authors, this print comes framed or unframed and would make a fun addition to the library wall.
Banned Books Morph Mug
Would you believe that some of the great classics were once banned? This black and white mug is printed with many such titles blacked out, including The Handmaid’s Tale and The Satanic Verses, which only become legible when the mug is filled with hot tea or coffee.
Personalized Library Card Pillow
This fun pillow makes a great gift for family oriented book lovers. Made from cotton canvas with a poly fill stuffing, this pillow features a library card design that includes both the parents’ names in the author’s box, family surname as the title, and up to seven ‘borrowers’ names.
Any bookworm will know that this tee is stating the obvious, because every day is a good day to read! Available in white, ivory, or ice blue heather, the words on the front are printed in bright and cheerful rainbow colors to bring a touch of cheer to the day.
Notable Animals in Literature Poster
Some of the greatest characters in books have four legs or can fly, and this poster celebrates them all. Printed with some of the animals and creatures that populate the classics, the 24″ H x 18″ W poster pays homage to some of these wonderful characters along with the books they appeared in.
Bards Dispense Profanity Game
They’ll be able to hear Shakespeare as they’ve never heard him before when they play the ‘Bards Dispense Profanity Game’. With 100 questions and 375 responses, the aim of the game is to make the funniest quotes by mixing and matching Will’s famous words. Suitable for 4 or more players.
Four of the most beloved books of all time can be hers when you choose one of these beautiful literary scarves. Made from cotton and screen printed by hand, this circular scarf is available with passages from Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility.
Literary Temporary Tattoos
Tattoo fans who also love literature will be able to change their ‘ink’ as often as they like with these book-themed tats. Lasting up to 3 days, these literary lines are easy to apply and come from 5 different books, from Bronte to Shakespeare, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Jane Austen Socks
The pretty lavender shade of these socks suits the theme perfectly. Decorated with Jane Austen’s silhouette and a delightful floral pattern that befits the era, these socks also feature the quote ‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!’ Made to fit women’s shoe sizes 6-10.
Well-Read Women Journal
It can be hard to keep track of all the books we’ve read, but this journal will allow her to write down her thoughts on her reading material in a beautifully artistic way. ‘Well-Read Women’ is filled with portraits of some of literature’s most famous female characters, to admire and inspire.
100 Kid's Books Scratch Off Poster
If they ever run out of things to read, treat them to this poster which features 100 of the most well-loved children’s books of all time. As they work their way through the selection, each scratch-off panel will reveal some colorful artwork from the books which range from classics to contemporary.
The High Line Rail Bookends
If you’re searching for a gift for a librarian who is also something of a history buff, this pair of bookends will make the ideal offering. Made from genuine pieces of Lower Manhattan’s High Line Railway, these steel bookends will kick-start fascinating conversations and make unusual home or work décor.