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Holiday Gift Guide: 16 Best Luxury Gifts of 2021 for Book Lovers

Christmas and holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

Is someone on your gift list a bookworm? Or perhaps you, yourself, are devoted to all things literary? If books, libraries, and bookstores are a big part of the life of your gift recipient – or if you’re looking for a treat for yourself – we’ve got some ideas for you. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has penned our Christmas and holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021, with lots of ideas on what to buy for the bookworms and bibliophiles on your list this year.

What are the Best Gifts for Book Lovers for holiday 2021?

Conventional wisdom would dictate that the perfect gift for a bibliophile is what else, but… a book. Although that’s hardly a no-brainer, unless you know the gift recipient’s favorite authors and genres. And even then, there’s no guarantee that your gift isn’t already on their bookshelf or nightstand.

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Instead, we’ve come up with some book-adjacent gifts for that special bookworm in your life that will demonstrate your thoughtfulness and creativity. And for the bookworms themselves, these gifts will add a new luxurious dimension to their reading experience, whether at home in a cozy chair or on the go.

Christmas and holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

Our Christmas and holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021.

As any busy, modern person these days can attest, reading a good book uninterrupted is one of life’s greatest luxuries. And you can hardly do better than encouraging such a respectable pastime with this list of the best gifts for your beloved bibliophile.

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

Our Christmas and holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021.

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Luxury Gifts for Book Lovers 2021

1. Assouline “A” Bookstand.

We begin our holiday 2021 gift guide on what to buy for the book lovers on your list with an elegant way to help fully furnish their home library. After all, having the right accouterments can turn the simple act of reading into an immersive event. Set why not help set the optimal conditions for a marathon read?

We love this elegant bookstand from luxury publisher Assouline. It comes in a variety of colors, but we love this clear one best – it lets the book on display take the spotlight.

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

BUY NOW: $95.

2. Jonathan Adler Globo Bookends.

Provide a pop of color and visual interest to bookcases of all kinds with these luminous Jonathan Adler Globo bookends. We love this pair in green, and they also come in pink.

BUY NOW: $398.

3. Bookworm Bookshelf by Kartell.

While you might not feel comfortable gifting someone a large wooden or metal bookcase, we’ve found the one bookshelf that feels right as holiday gift for book lovers this year: the Bookworm Bookshelf from the MoMA Design Store. It’s fun and fanciful – and highly functional.

Designed by Ron Arad and made in Italy, the bookcase is crafted from sturdy and flexible PVC. So, the bookshelf can be curved and shaped to suit the needs of a specific home library or office. And it holds up to 20 pounds of weight between each set of supportive bookends. Cool.

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

BUY NOW: $920.

A chair-side basket always comes in handy and this one from Rabitti 1969, is made from water-resistant genuine leather in a standout bright mustard yellow ($1,450).

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4. byredo bibliothèque scented candle.

Byredo’s ‘Bibliothèque’ candle fills your reading space with a wonderfully rich scent, reminiscent of ancient, wood-paneled libraries. The brand’s signature black wax first emanates fruity peach and plum top notes, then floral violet and peony, before ending on notes of patchouli, leather and vanilla. After 60 hours burn time, the mouth-blown glass vessel can be used to store trinkets or cosmetics brushes.

holiday gift guide with best luxury gifts for book lovers in 2021
BUY NOW: $80.

5. Oculamp portable reading light.

The makers of the Oculamp portable book lamp tout several features that make this a superior reading light for day or night. It’s designed to minimize blue light, which can help keep the body clock on a good wake-sleep cycle. There are three settings available, each with a different level of blue light. By day, there’s more – and by bedtime, there’s much less, providing the perfect reading light by which to drift off to sleep.

 

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

BUY NOW: $130.

6. Book lovers’ ceramic mug.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate or something stronger – nothing goes with a good book like a favorite beverage. Keep it simple with a mug that any book lover will embrace as their own.

 

BUY NOW: $16.99.

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7. “At the Strand” New Yorker cover puzzle.

Jenny Krolik’s iconic New Yorker cover was originally published on November 13, 2017. We love the mood of discovery, community and quiet joy it evokes – like being lost in a really great bookstore. Featuring the Manhattan bookstore The Strand’s bookshelves and packed tables, this puzzle is the perfect gift for spending a long winter afternoon happily engrossed – almost as good as being there.

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

BUY NOW: $20.

8. Sterling silver Bookmark.

When you’re not sure what to buy as a gift for book lovers, you can’t go wrong with a timeless bookmark. Handmade in England, this sterling silver bookmark can be engraved on one side with up to three initials (allow one week for engraving). It’s an elegant way to ensure that your gift recipient to never lose their place.

BUY NOW: $75.

9. Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.

For those who love a good book, Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is an excellent luxury gift for bookworms, especially those who are also frequent travelers. It features a 6.8″ display, wireless charging, and auto-adjusting front light that makes reading in a dim airplane cabin a cinch.

 

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BUY NOW: $189.99.

10. Travel reading light.

When a company decides to name its product “The Lamborghini of Book Lights,” it’s either a bold marketing move or a big dose of overselling. Based on its consumer reviews and what the tech press has to say, this little clip-on LED device seems to have earned its big name. Featuring three different kinds of light (from warm to cool), an extended battery life and focused illumination that won’t keep a partner (or that stranger in the adjacent airplane seat) awake while your gift recipient is up reading at night.

BUY NOW: $17.95.

11. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones

For audiobook fans, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Headphones are highly recommended for their nuanced ability to differentiate between speech you want to hear and noise that you don’t.

 

 

BUY NOW: $288.95.

12. Dior Book Tote.

What bibliophile doesn’t want a chic tote bag for all of their treasures? The Dior Book Tote has become instantly recognizable, and we love its combination of sophistication and relaxed style. Every season brings new colors and prints, and the collection has expanded into a variety of sizes, as well. It would be hard to go wrong gifting one of these to the book lover in your life.

 

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

 

BUY NOW: $2,550 for a mini; $3,800 for an embroidered full-size.

13. Elliott Bay Book Company subscription box

Elliott Bay bookstore in Seattle is one of our absolute favorites in the world. If your gift recipient can’t pop in regularly to browse its shelves, you can still give them the benefit of the expert staff’s input on what to read next with one of the bookseller’s curated subscription boxes.

Our personal pick is the Maiden Voyage First Edition program, where members receive a hardcover first edition of an author’s debut novel six times a year. But there are also subscriptions for poetry; graphic novels; and true crime.

BUY NOW: $125-150.

14. A Booklover’s Guide to New York

A Booklover’s Guide to New York is a charming illustrated guide to New York City tailored for the book-obsessed explorer showcasing the city’s best bookshops; libraries; homes and haunts of world-famous writers; and scenes from literary classics with charming drawings by the famed New Yorker cover artist Pierre Le-Tan. It’s the perfect holiday gift for the bibliophile on your list.

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

BUY NOW: $24.34.

15. Olympia Le-Tan Book Clutch.

A fashionable holiday gift for a bibliophile can take many forms. Personally, we vote for the iconic clutches and crossbody bags designed by Olympia Le-Tan that pay homage to classic books from every genre. Take, for example, the Virginia Woolf classic Mrs. Dalloway rendered as a chic handbag with a crossbody strap.

Christmas Holiday gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021

BUY NOW: $1,480.

16. Literary stationary.

We close our holiday 2021 gift guide on what to buy for the book lovers, bookworms and bibliophiles on your list with a stationary set they’ll love. This set of Classic Paperbacks Notecards are the perfect gift for someone who loves to read and write letters (the two seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?). Richard Baker’s paintings of vintage paperback books capture beloved titles as they really show up on our bookshelves: dog-eared, stained, and sometimes with cracked bindings. They’re a manifestation of the ideas and voices that are dear to us as readers. One of your gift recipient’s favorites is probably rendered here.

BUY NOW: $16.95.

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Best Luxury Gifts for Book Lovers

That’s our Christmas and holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for book lovers in 2021, with what to buy for the bookworms and bibliophiles on your list. What do you think, dear reader? Maybe there’s something on this list that you’d like for yourself, as well!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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