Found: the best gifts for book lovers that aren't books

This holiday season, give bookworms want they want: these gifts for book lovers that are supremely special.

gifts for book lovers
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Before the pandemic, gifts for book lovers were the last thing on our minds. Undoubtedly, we were more fixated on the best exercise bike or satisfying our sweet tooth first. Nevertheless, after the past two years? 

Not only are we dialing in on essentials like kindles or bed lights but come the holiday season? We're prioritizing gifts for book lovers, too. 

7 gifts for book lovers worth the investment

Why you can trust Real Homes Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

From bookends to magazine subscriptions, we've curated the seven gifts for book lovers to invest in this holiday season.

1. Showcase with a smart selection

Gifts for book lovers

(Image credit: Amazon)

MyGift Torched Wood Bookends (opens in new tab)l Was $29.99, Now $27.99, at Amazon

Bookends (opens in new tab) don't have to be boring – explore the world of bookends-cum-accessories. Really nice bookends can really help to bring a book-lined interior together, especially if the books are kept on the mantlepiece or prominent shelf in the living room.

2. Opt for a versatile reader

Kindle Oasis E-Reader Waterproof

(Image credit: Amazon)

Kindle Oasis (opens in new tab) for $279.99, at Amazon

Do you prefer digital reading over hardcover or paperbacks? Not a problem — or it won't be with the Kindle Oasis (opens in new tab). This waterproof e-reader can be used anywhere from your bedroom to the beach and is one of the best gifts for book lovers you can get. 

3. Subscribe to your favorite magazine

Front cover of the December issue of Real Homes magazine

(Image credit: Future)

Real Homes Magazine Subscription (opens in new tab) is available here (opens in new tab)

The créme de la creme of gifts for book lovers? A Real Homes magazine subscription (opens in new tab). What's a better way to stay up-to-date with your favorite website than by subscribing to it? Nothing. 

4. Try a typewriter

gifts for book lovers: typewriter

(Image credit: Amazon)

Royal 79101t Classic Manual Typewriter (opens in new tab) l Was $259, Now $201.74, at Amazon

Take a trip down memory lane with the help of this blast from the past: a typewriter (opens in new tab). Bold, beautiful, and anything-but-basic, it's every inspiring novelist's dream. 

5. Set the scene

gifts for book lovers: LAFCO candle

(Image credit: Amazon)

LAFCO New York Classic 'Champagne' Candle (opens in new tab) for $42, at Amazon

The one thing every single one of our gifts for book lovers has one in common? They require a safe space to enjoy them in, and this is one of the best candles to get the job done. Light and whimsical, we're confident with this candle: (opens in new tab) everyone has met their match. 

6. This Drew Barrymore-approved bed light

gifts for book lovers: reading bed light

(Image credit: Amazon)

Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light (opens in new tab) l Was $29.99, Now $19.99, at Amazon

This LED reading light (opens in new tab) isn't just good: it's so good that Drew Barrymore approves of it. And, after seeing her recommendation, I went ahead and ordered it, and let me tell you: it's a game-changer. Its flexible design allows you to move the lamp to adjust it around your neck (or head, as I use it), and with a slew of adjustable light variations, you can choose how bright or dark you want it.

7. A stand for your kindle

gifts for book lovers: kindle stand

(Image credit: Amazon)

Flippy Multi-Angle Soft Pillow Lap Stand (opens in new tab) for $29.98, at Amazon

Naturally, we saved the best for last: this pillow kindle stand. (opens in new tab) Perfect for anyone who doesn't want to hold a book while reading it, this choice easily adjusts (comfortably) to your liking. 

Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is a Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins.