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These gifts are perfect for the person who always has their nose in a book

Win over the bookworm you know with these useful gift ideas.
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It feels like each year finding the perfect gift for friends and loved ones gets harder and harder. Some people are easier to shop for than others, like the person who loves all things beauty or the friend who's always up to date on the latest tech releases.

Others? Not so easy. Like what do you get the person who always has their nose in a book? Luckily for you, you won't have to worry too much anymore. We've found some of the best gifts the book lover in your life is sure to adore (and actually use), as well as arrive on time for the holidays.

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"Legendborn," by Tracy Deonn

This book is a personal favorite of mine to both read and gift, especially to the person who's looking for something that'll get them back into reading regularly. Once you pick it up, you'll be transported into the world Tracy Deonn has created and you won't want to put it down.

"I'll Be There for You: The One About Friends," by Kelsey Miller

For the "Friends" fanatic, this book is a no-brainer. "My cousins and I especially enjoyed watching this show during Covid, and for Christmas we gifted one of my cousins with this behind-the-scenes look at some of its most iconic episodes," says editorial assistant Sierra Hoeger.

“The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained + More Than 100 Essential Recipes,” by Nik Sharma

Described as the “go-to spice girl” in her friend group, senior SEO editor Jess Bender makes a mental note to gift this book to anyone who asks about how to use a specific herb, sweetener or blend. “Nik Sharma approaches cooking in such a meticulous, scientific way, but outlines why certain flavor pairings make sense in such a digestible manner (no pun intended),” she says.

The author recently released a new cookbook that Bender says is currently on her own wish list.

Colleen Hoover Three Books Collection Set

If you're looking to introduce someone to Colleen Hoover, you can't go wrong with this set that features three of her most popular titles — "It Ends With Us" (which is currently being adapted into a movie), "Ugly Love" and "November 9." Hoeger says she gifted this set to her sister and calls it "the perfect intro to her books."

"Remember Love: Words for Tender Times," by Cleo Wade

Partnerships editorial assistant Erica Marrison recommends this book for the "non-reader who likes affirmations and notes." Poet Cleo Wade encourages readers to "remember love" in periods where it's hard to, such as moments of grief, times when change occurs and other periods where we feel low.

“The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch

After reading this book in college, editor Vivien Moon says it’s become a go-to gift. “It’s a story about grief, hope, gratitude and everything you might need when you’re going through a hard or good time. It helped me have a new world view on life and not taking things for granted.”

“The Baseball 100,” by Joe Posnanski

The sports fanatic will love this book filled with the most iconic and memorable moments in baseball. Hoeger, who’s life goal is to visit every ballpark in the country, was gifted this by her parents.

"Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables," by Joshua McFadden

When asked by friends and family about what to do with a new vegetable, Bender points them in the direction of this cookbook which explores what to do with peak products throughout the year and accompaniments that pair best with them. "Several recipes in here have changed my perspective of certain vegetables I didn't appreciate fully before. (I can't begin to fathom how often I eat the shaved collard green salad; it's a revelation)," she raves.

"Puerto Rican Cookery," by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli

Wanting to learn more about her Puerto Rican heritage, Bender found a first edition of this cookbook in her dad's collection that she was happy to take off of his hands. "I've been teaching myself about my background through the quintessential recipes featured throughout."

"The Sopranos Family Cookbook," by Allen Rucker

"I was very invested in this mobster family during 2020/2021 and deeply wanted to make/eat Carmela's baked ziti after hearing about it for several seasons, so my dad made a mental note last Christmas to deliver," says Bender. "Safe to say, the recipe lives up to my very high expectations."

Once Upon a Book Club Adult Month-to-Month Subscription

This isn't your ordinary book subscription. Each month's chosen book comes with a variety of gifts that you open as you reach dedicated page numbers. Commerce writer Danielle Murphy is a fan after being gifted a three-month subscription. They also offer boxes themed for young adult and middle grade readers.

Book of the Month Subscription

Give them the power to choose their own books to be delivered right to their doorstep with a Book of the Month subscription. Associate editor Emma Stessman was gifted a six month subscription and calls it "one of my favorite gifts I've ever gotten." They offer three-, six- and 12-month plans.

Best book lover gifts under $10

Redbubble Cottage Stamp Sticker from Emily Henry's Happy Place

If they're a fan of Emily Henry books, they'll love anything from the Busyzoo's shop on Redbubble. There's a collection with themed stickers for every book, including this stamp design for Henry's latest release, "Happy Place."

Personalized Leather Bookmark

Senior partnerships editor Francesca Cocchi-Zabloudil has a habit of gifting these personalized leather bookmarks that are "always a hit." With six colors of leather to choose from and three different foils for letters to be embossed on, it makes for an affordable yet touching gift.

Sticky Tabs

For readers who like to interact with their books, an endless supply of sticky tabs is the perfect gift. This pack comes with six sets of 1,500 pieces, so they’ll never have to worry about running out.

“Schitt’s Creek” David Rose Wood Bookmark

For the “Schitt’s Creek” fan in your life, they’re sure to love this David Rose bookmark. It features one of his quotes they can probably connect with, along with an outline of the top half of his head, which peeks out over the top of the book.

Custom Library Stamp

If they often lend out their books or just like to give their personal collection a unique touch, this library stamp is perfect. Customizable with their name, you can choose between five different designs.

Best book lover gifts under $15

Book Club: A Journal

Whether you’re starting a new book club or are well-versed in the practice, this journal is perfect for keeping track of key points from your meetings, your personal thoughts and even the snacks you all shared. Plus, it’s loaded with suggestions for the group’s next read and fun activities to try during your next gathering.

PEARLADA Beaded Eyeglass Chain

Moon earns constant compliments on this beaded eyeglass chain, which she “love[s] how chic it looks in comparison to the old ones my dad used to have,” she says.

My Book Journal: A 100-Book Reading Diary for Bibliophiles

For the more avid reader, opt for this reading diary that can fit 100 books. It also has pages for additional activities like listing your favorite characters or books of all time and even space to keep track of any book club reads.

Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Bookmark

Traditional bookmarks are great, but who doesn’t want the Wicked Witch of the East’s legs sticking out of their book to remind them where they left things off? This makes a perfect gift for fans of the classic tale or the person who’s reading one of its many retellings.

Best book lover gifts under $25

vinmax Lazy Readers Glasses

Reading in bed can be a pain when you want to lay down and don’t want to hold the book up over your head. Enter: the Lazy Readers Glasses made for people who want the best of both worlds — aka laying down flat and still keeping the book low and comfortable. The frames have 90° angle prisms that will allow you to read the text without uncomfortably tilting your head.

Just One More Chapter Mug

Every reader has uttered this phrase at least once in their life, whether they're putting off a task or fighting sleep. It comes printed on seven different mug styles including the pictured classic all-white ceramic mug to a more modern clear glass version.

A Day at the Bookstore 1,000-Piece Puzzle

For winter days spent at home reading, this 1,000-piece puzzle offers a break while still maintaining the cozy vibes. Bender is in her self-proclaimed "cozy girl era," which will be perfectly partnered with this puzzle.

Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light

Know someone who always falls asleep while reading? This handy rechargeable reading light will not only take their evening stories to the next level, but it’s a partner-friendly light that won’t disturb those happily snoozing next to you. Even Jenna Bush Hager said the light changed her reading game.

The World of Jane Austen Jigsaw Puzzle

If they're also passionate about puzzles, this is a great gift that combines two interests. Inspired by the worlds described in Jane Austen novels, this 1000-piece puzzle features characters and places that are instantly recognizable to fans of the works.

Disney Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog READ Tote Bag

They'll get a kick out of this tote bag that has a vintage poster from the American Library Association featuring two characters they're probably very familiar with.

Custom Miniature Book Earrings

They can bring their favorite book with them wherever they go with these custom miniature book earrings. Each pair is made to order and you can request any book you’d like alongside choosing between gold or silver material.

Knock Knock Personal Library Kit

This personal library kit comes with a self-adhesive pocket, card inserts so you can fill out each borrower’s name and even a date stamper to give it an authentic library look.

Kunitsa Co. Reading Journal

Help them keep track of their book list with this journal that has spaces for things like a daily reading tracker, engaging challenges and a color/draw-in bookstack. It has room for 52 reviews, perfect for someone who reads at a slower pace or is just getting back into reading.

Best book lover gifts under $50

Fritz & Fraulein Stacked Tomes Glass Ornament

If booked and busy describes their year (and reading style), this stack of books should be familiar to them. Add a little love to their Christmas tree with this ornament, that features seven colorful books.

ORA Calming Chai

A nice warm beverage is the perfect partner for a good book during the colder weather. According to the brand, this blend is non-caffeinated and “reduces nervous tension, while alleviating digestive unrest” (perfect for the people with sensitive tummies).

Taylor Swift Folklore as Books Canvas Print

T. Swift fans will fawn over this canvas print that turns tracks from her album “Folklore” into individual books on a shelf. If there’s a Swiftie in your life, act fast because it’s on sale now! You can also choose to get it as a framed canvas or a framed print.

The Ultimate Reading Challenge

This book contains 25 unique reading challenges that are perfect for the person who’s looking to branch out and try something new. After completing a task, they can look forward to revealing one of the prizes that await.

Rifle Paper Co. Book Club Porcelain Mug

Whether they like coffee or tea (or neither, that's okay, too), keep their reading beverages on brand with this mug adorned with a little library of classics like "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights."

Kate Spade New York Canvas Tote Bag

Whether they're going to the library or the bookstore, you can't go wrong with gifting the reader in your life a cute tote bag to carry all of their goodies.

Spotify Premium Gift Card

If the reader in your life is anything like the Shop TODAY team, then they're stoked about audiobooks finally being included within Spotify Premium subscriptions.

With the option to listen to 15 hours a month, surprise them with a gift card that allows them to take advantage of this new feature.

Molbory Wooden Book Light

Bedside reading just got a lot more fun with this accordion-style light in the shape of a book. It’s pliable with soft-to-the-touch pages, according to the brand, and you can open it as much or as little as you’d like.

PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe

Using a PopSockets PopGrip with your Kindle makes long-term reading much more comfortable. This new can be used with MagSafe cases on your phone or other devices. Don't have a MagSafe case already? Don't worry! It also comes with an adapter ring sticker that turns any case into a MagSafe one.

LeVar Burton Read Banned Books Tee

Associate SEO editor Kamari Stewart was over the moon when receiving this tee featuring iconic "Reading Rainbow" host, LeVar Burton, in support of banned books. These limited edition T-shirts celebrate the freedom to read any and all books while taking a stand against censorship.

Catalog Favorites Book Lover's Flannel PJ Set

Add books to every part of their nighttime routine with this flannel pajama set covered in a falling book print. It's available in sizes small to 3X.

Uncommon Goods City Book Tote

With a separate pocket to hold an e-reader or physical book, this tote is perfect for your city slicker, with scenes from bustling hubs such as NYC, Philly, Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco. Now they can take their book along wherever the city make take them.

Literie "Late Fees at the Library" Candle

"One of my favorite parts about my first job at the library was the smell of new (and old) paper coming through the stacks, so the promise of this candle piqued my interest," says Bender of this luxe candle.

RoWood Book Nook Kits

If they also like to get crafty, they'll love this book nook kit that they can put on display as soon as they're done. There are four different options to choose from that all make the perfect addition to any bookshelf.

The Moth Mail Subscription

Sure, receiving snail mail from loved ones is more common around the holidays, but keep it going throughout the rest of the year with this story subscription that sends them one letter a month for six months, each featuring a heartfelt letter.

Written and submitted from people all around the world, this unique storytelling subscription aims to encourage empathy and was also featured in Shop TODAY's Gifts We Love.

Personalized Book Embosser

An alternative to a stamp is an embosser. Choose from 10 different styles and customize it with their name so that, when pressed onto the page, a raised seal is left behind.

Best book lover gifts under $150

Pride and Prejudice Book Bag

This crossbody bag is designed to look like the cover of “Pride and Prejudice” but flips open to reveal an inner pocket where you can store the essentials like your phone, keys and wallet. It’s currently available in a small and medium size. “The bag is just us beautiful as it is on the pictures and to own it makes me feel special,” one five-star reviewer gushed.

ResinOliveWoodWork Adjustable Reading Lamp

This lamp gives “reading light” a new meaning. The legs are flexible and can be adjusted to suit the style and space it’s going in. It also holds books so you can leave your favorite nighttime read there or the book you plan to read next (or just ones that look pretty!).

Personalized Folded Book Art

Longtime readers are probably tired of receiving the same gifts over and over again. Think outside the box with this unique, personalized gift that's on brand for them. This Etsy seller allows you to personalize with anything you'd like — their first name, last name, initials, a word that's special to you both or even symbols. Plus, you can choose one of seven colors for the sprayed edges.

Casetify Books Lovers Phone Case

According to the brand, this case offers drop protection up to 13 feet and has an antibacterial coating that eliminates 99% of bacteria. Plus it's MagSafe compatible so wireless charging is a breeze.

Solid Oak Bookends

These unique bookends are not just solid oak, they also have a place for vials that you can fill with your favorite flowers. If you're gifting this to someone else, you can pair it with their favorite flower so they can get the full experience immediately. You can also personalize one or both bookends on the outer edges and the inside with a hidden message.

Kindle Paperwhite

This portable e-reader will help them take their entire library on the go. What could be better than that? According to the brand, it offers up to ten weeks of battery life on a full charge and has a "glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight."

"I’ve always been a physical book person but ultimately hitting my reading goals is what matters most to me so I’m so excited to have the option to quickly download new books or rent e-books from my local library," says Cocchi- Zabloudil.