Is someone on your holiday gift list an avid reader? If books, libraries, and bookstores are a big part of the life of your gift recipient, we’ve got some ideas. We have curated our Christmas holiday luxury gift shop with the best gifts avid readers, bibliophiles and book lovers will love, including reading lights, designer bookends and more.
What are the Best luxury holiday Gifts for an avid reader?
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.
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.
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.
Holiday luxury Gift Shop: Best Gifts for Avid Readers
1. Assouline “A” Bookstand
We begin our holiday gift shop edit of what to buy for the avid readers and 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.
BUY NOW: $95.00.
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: $398.00.
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.
BUY NOW: $920.00.
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.
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.
BUY NOW: $130.00.
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.
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.
BUY NOW: $20.00.
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: $75.00.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BUY NOW: $1,480.00.
16. The Bookworm Pencil set
This set of eight number 2 pencils is hand-stamped with short phrases dear to the hearts of bookworms everywhere.
BUY NOW: $13.00.
17. Literary stationary
We close our holiday gift shop filled with ideas on what to buy for the book lovers, avid readers and stray bibliophile 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 luxury Gift Shop: the Best Gifts for an avid reader
That’s our Christmas holiday luxury gift shop with ideas on the best gifts for an avid reader, bookworm or bibliophile, including designer bookends, reading lights and more. Happy shopping, dear reader. And happy holidays![trx_sc_layouts layout=”16047″]