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24 Gifts for Book Lovers That Are Truly Chic

From eye-candy coffee table books to cozy accessories that scream, "I'm an intellectual."

Morgan McMullen

What is it about the holiday time that makes curling up with a good book one of the most luxurious experiences ever? Maybe it's because reading takes us away from the hellscape we've been living in (even if what you're reading is a dystopian novel). Whatever the reason, buying someone a gift that celebrates the written word is a sure-fire way to warm their heart during the holidays. Ahead, 24 gifts for book lovers that are genuinely chic and cool—no cheesy sayings screen-printed on pillows...promise.

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Writer Playing Cards

You’ll probably still lose at Blackjack, but you’ll do so while enjoying illustrations of Maya Angelou and J.K. Rowling. Each card in this deck features a cheeky illustration of a famous author. 

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Bibliotheque Candle
BYREDO Nordstrom

Byredo’s best-selling Bibliotheque candle evokes the velvety aroma of turning pages in old books. It’ll bring a luxe touch to your bookshelf too. 

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Scrabble Vintage Bookshelf Edition
East Dane Gifts

Gifting something that you’re also able to enjoy is always a win—especially when the recipient is just as competitive as you. Here, a fabric-wrapped remake of the 1948 edition of Scrabble folds into an easily-stored book complete with a vintage-inspired board, letter tiles, scorecards, and all.

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'Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says about You'
$14.79 (26% off)

If she has a preferred Tarot deck or has ever asked a Hinge match for their birth chart before committing to drinks, this coffee table fixture from astrologer Michele Bernhardt will be a success. It’ll be worn with love at all of the book club meetings and dinner parties she hosts in 2020.

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Lumio Book Lamp
HELLO LUMIO hellolumio.com

This hardcover book unfolds into a glowing, warm lamp that any literary feen (or design buff) will appreciate. It's wireless and easily transportable, so they can show it off at their next book club meeting.

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Lito Bookend
L'Objet Neiman Marcus

There are so many luxe bookends out there, but few are as cool as this hand-painted porcelain set from L’Objet.

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'The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!'
Random House Amazon
$17.00 (23% off)

The extent to which Gloria Steinem has inspired generations of women goes far beyond anything a small quip could ever capture. Here, a collection of the American icon’s writings on topics such as relationships, activism, and the patriarchy. Natalie Portman put it best in her review: “When the path is dark, Gloria’s words light the way forward.”

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Kindle Paperwhite

For the speed-reader who checks books off her list at a break-neck stride, the Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect gift. The newest version includes twice the storage and it's waterproof, which will come in handy when she's ploughing through Harry Potter poolside on that float. 

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Customizable Handbound Necklace
Sofia Zakia

Immortalize her favorite book by customizing a 14K pendant with a handbound book charm. Engravings are done in a serif font and are able to include the following information: author name, book title, city of publication, and date.

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'The Giver of Stars'
Book of the Month

Shopping for somebody who loves historical dramas? This month’s #ReadWithMC book club pick is The Giver of Stars by New York Times best-selling author Jojo Moyes. Use the code READWITHMC to get your copy for only $9.99!

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Espresso Patronum Ceramic Mug
TBD Stars Inc. Amazon

Bonus points if you gift this punny mug with hot chocolate or tea for an extra cozy reading sesh. 

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Selenite Bookends

Another chic set of bookends because, realistically, your book lover has many books to show off. These white lucite ones look way more expensive than they actually are.

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Milly Cloud Tech Pajamas
CHALMERS Nordstrom

Upgrade your lady bookworm’s lazy Sunday afternoon loungewear (or plane attire!) with a glorified Groufit. This PJ set comes with a sleep mask for the rare occasion when she’s able to put her book down.

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Book Cover Clutch
Olympia Le-Tan FarFetch

Olympia Le-Tan’s irreverent clutches are the ultimate luxe gift for literature lovers. Shaped like a book, this bag features an original psychedelic poster for Fillmore Stadium from the 1960s.

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Harry Potter Glasses Ring
Alex and Ani Amazon

As if you needed another reason why this under-$30 ring is a great gift for the Harry Potter fanatic in your life, it's available on Prime (a.k.a. free two-day shipping). 

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Inflatable Book Jacket
Urban Outfitters

You know what’s better than reading by the pool on a nice sunny day? Reading in the damn pool (...or in the bath tub because it’s winter and I can’t feel my thumbs and I've forgotten what warmth is.) This inflatable waterproof book jacket offers protection from stray droplets and will make reading in the tub (or by any larger body of water) less risky.  

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'The Japanese Garden'
Phaidon Amazon

Make the Zen lover in your life swoon by gifting them the most comprehensive exploration of the Japanese Garden to date. This gem of a coffee table book features over 100 gardens with essays commissioned by artists, architects, and cultural practitioners.

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Vela Studded Nylon Backpack
Prada Matches Fashion

For the chic literary feen who recognizes the difference between like and love—and will also immediately catch my 10 Things I Hate About You reference—gift a bag that can hold all of her books and laptop when she’s commuting or running around town.

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Chronicle Fragrance Discovery Set
Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn is an Indie fragrance brand that takes its inspo from literature. Their chronicle fragrance discovery set will be a lovely way to foray your literary lover to their new favorite perfume brand.

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;Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders'
Workman Publishing Company Amazon
$18.79 (50% off)

If sending the travel bug in your life on an exotic trip to Fiji or Buenos Aires skews outside your budget, gift them the next best thing—the second edition of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. Beholding hundreds of off-the-beaten-path gems, this book is a treasure chest of wanderlust where readers are transported to places they’re certain to have never encountered: A lake in the Palau archipelago where one can swim with harmless cnidarian jellyfish, a village of dolls in Tokushima, the world’s quietest room in Minnesota (where aural hallucinations kick after only a few minutes)...

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A Book of the Month Subscription
Book of the Month

Each month, Book of the Month subscribers can pick from a selection of well-curated books for significantly less than what they’d pay in a bookstore or even on Amazon. With a monthly subscription, they'll never want to leave their couch. 

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'Do You Mind If I Cancel?'
Flatiron Books Amazon
$13.65 (51% off)

Do You Mind If I Cancel, the debut novel of Gary Janetti (as in, the man behind best account on Instagram), is a memoir packed with wit. Janetti chronicles his 20s through a series of essays that are sharp, hilarious, and vulnerable. 

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'House of Glam'
Gestalten Amazon
$45.49 (34% off)

Featuring fabulous interiors from all over the world where one room is more enviable than the next, this new release from Gestalten should come with a drool warning for home decor lovers. 

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Personalized Quote Books
ArtfulLibrary Etsy

To quote Toni Morrison or Drake? Gift the book lover in your life this best-selling handmade collection of books with the ability to create a personalized statement on the spines. 


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