Bookish Presents for Every Reader on Your Holiday List

This year more than ever it’s important to shop early and shop local to help your favorite indie bookstores. Lucky for you, bookworms are the easiest people in the world to shop for. You always know giving them a book will be a hit, but it’s also true that any present that celebrates their love of books will make them happy. Here we’ve rounded up both gift ideas to ensure your bookworm’s holiday wishes come true!

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

If the reader in your life can’t get enough historical fiction, we’d recommend gifting Chanel Cleeton’s latest novel. Set in 1935, The Last Train to Key West weaves together the stories of three women whose lives are changed by a hurricane. 

Libro.Fm Hoodie

We love Libro.Fm! This audiobook subscription service connects to the indie bookstore of your choice, so every purchase you make helps support a bookstore. You can gift audiobooks through, and if your bookworm is already a subscriber we bet they’ll love a sweatshirt to cozy up in while listening.

The Great British Baking Show: Love to Bake by Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, and the Bakers

Bookworms who have been baking up a storm during quarantine will find excellent recipes and useful tips and tricks in this cookbook penned by the judges and bakers of The Great British Baking Show.

Tree Ornament

Decorate for the holidays with this colorful ornament that acknowledges no matter how many books you read this year, your TBR is still towering.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Alexis Henderson’s debut novel is an excellent choice for the reader who wishes it were still Halloween. The Year of the Witching is set in a puritanical society where a young woman discovers the incredible power she possesses.

Reading Bean

NetGalley team member Dana can’t stop talking about how much she loves Book Beau’s Reading Bean. Whether you’re using it as a pillow while you read lying down or as a prop to hold up your ereader, this comfy reading accessory will change the way you read.

Layla by Colleen Hoover

On shelves in early December, this new novel from Colleen Hoover blends thrills, fantasy, and romance into one captivating story. Leeds and Layla retreat to the bed-and-breakfast where they met to heal and reconnect after Layla is attacked, but strange things begin to happen once they arrive.

Surprise Book Box

Romance bookstore Love’s Sweet Arrow put together trope-themed holiday gift boxes this year that will have readers swooning! 

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Fans of fairytale retellings will be enchanted by this contemporary YA reimagining of “Beauty and the Beast,” where small-town teen Rosie Thorne finds herself stuck with Hollywood’s Vance Reigns while he hides out from the paparazzi.

Bookish Face Mask

The Blk & Bkish online store is packed with products that show off a love of reading, but we particularly love this Well Read mask.

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow’s Sassy Cat series is the puurfect gift for readers who want to dive into a cozy mystery this holiday season. This second installment follows LA pet groomer Mimi Lee as she works to discover who killed a local teacher.


Spruce up your shelves with this adorable TBR bag!

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

This book hits shelves in December, just in time for readers looking to dip into a romance novel in the middle of their Hallmark movie marathon. Naya decides to shake up her routine with a to-do list based on new experiences ranging from letting the hot guy at her local bar buy her a drink to engaging in a no-strings-attached hookup. 


These clever bookmarks allow readers to keep track of the books they’ve read on the design’s empty spines—creating a memento of their past reading!

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir’s Ember in the Ashes series is coming to a close this season, and is certain to be at the top of every YA fantasy reader’s wish list. The final book is the perfect gift for series fans, while new readers can be treated to all four installments.  

Reading Planner

Readers already working on their 2021 must-read list will get a lot of use out of these stunning planners, which include pages for book reviews, monthly wrap-ups, and more.

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

If you’re gifting to a middle grader this season, we’d recommend King and the Dragonflies, which follows 12-year-old Kingston as he searches for his missing best friend and copes with the loss of his older brother.

Holiday Sweatshirt

Our favorite holiday of the season? Bookmas! Best celebrated by curling up with a good book while wearing this adorable book tree sweatshirt.

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Khoa Le

This gorgeous picture book tells the true story of Kao Kalia Yang’s experiences as a refugee intertwined with her grandmother’s experiences in Laos. Themes of love and togetherness make this a treat for readers of all ages.

Book Club Gift Box

Book clubs may have gone virtual this year, but you can still send your favorite reading buddies a gift that will remind them of how much you appreciate your bookish conversations together.

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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