The Best Gifts for Book Lovers on a Budget

Finding the perfect gift for a book lover can be challenging. Read our suggestions for great bookish gifts here.

Are you shopping for the bookworm in your life? Of course, you can always buy them a book or a gift card to a bookstore (as someone who loves books, I can assure you that it will be appreciated!), but sometimes you want to buy them something just a little different that they will still love as much as a book!

I love books so putting this list together is a bit of a wishlist (hint, hint to anyone who knows me!)

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a book lover who has everything or you’re just on a tight budget, these clever and unique gifts are sure to delight even the pickiest bookworm.

17 Perfect Gifts for Your Favorite Book Worm

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Once Upon a Time Book Club

Once Upon a Book Club
Image Credit: Once Upon a Book Club

This makes the top of the list, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I was lucky enough to get a box, and opening it was a book lover’s dream. Not only does it come with a book (which is a perfect gift already), but each gift makes it a perfect, fun experience to make reading even better than it already is (impossible, right?) If you love a book lover, then you MUST get them this as a gift.

Book Clubbers receive a newly released novel and wrapped gifts labeled with page numbers. As they read the featured book, they’re prompted only to open the gifts when they reach the specified page number. Boxes are curated by women, and the majority are sourced with female readers in mind, mainly featuring strong female characters.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite (8 GB) – Now with a 6.8" display and adjustable warm light

For any voracious reader, a Kindle is a must-have! I love my Kindle because I can take a whole stack of books with me wherever I go without having to worry about space or having to lug books around with me. It’s light and fits into your pocketbook, so you are never without a book.

You can download books easily from Amazon or even check them out of the library for free whenever you want. A Kindle is almost a necessity for any bibliophile. The Kindle Paperwhite is easy on the eyes (much better than reading on a phone or a tablet) and easily adjustable font size for easy reading.

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Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32 GB) – With a 6.8" display, wireless charging, and auto-adjusting front light – Without Lockscreen Ads

You can always get books for free from the library with your library card (even on your Kindle), but voracious readers will appreciate a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. The subscription, through Amazon, gives readers access to over 2 million digital titles, including new releases, and access to audiobooks and magazines. I have found Kindle Unlimited to have more options than the local library, and you don’t need to wait for the titles you want. Give your loved one a gift of millions of books all at once!

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Weighted Blanket

TOPCEE Weighted Blanket (15lbs 48"x72" Twin Size) Cooling Breathable Heavy Blanket Microfiber Material with Glass Beads Big Blanket for Adult All-Season Summer Fall Winter Soft Thick Comfort Blanket

There is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a blanket and book! I love this weighted blanket because it is so comfy and cozy, and it’s perfect for those long reading nights! A yummy blanket is a perfect gift for anyone, especially a bibliophile!

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Pride and Prejudice-Austen Rocks Glass

Pride and Prejudice austen rocks glass
Image Credit: WellTold

I enjoy a glass of something when I sit down at the end of a long day and curl up with my book. True Jane Austen fans will love this glass from Well-Told. This Pride and Prejudice glass features the first edition inside cover and opening lines of the beloved book. It’s a unique and sophisticated gift for fans who can enjoy cocktails while appreciating the literary sentiment. This gift will definitely be a hit with your Austen lovers!

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Caddy Wooden Bath Tray Table


Bamboo Bathtub Tray Bath Tub Caddy with Expandable Handles Wine Glass Phone Holder Book Stand for Bathroom Luxury Spa Wooden Bath Table Board for Reading Laptop Over The Clawfoot tub (Walnut)


Does your book lover enjoy reading in the bath? Juggling a book and a wet tub isn’t for the faint of heart unless you have a bath tray!

This bath tray can hold a glass of wine and a book, so your book reader can read a book while relaxing and indulging in some luxurious self-care.

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Lightweight Book Light

Glocusent Lightweight 10 LED Book Light for Reading in Bed, Eye Care Clip-on Book Reading Light, Rechargeable & 80+Hrs, 3 Brightness Adjustable & 3 Amber Color Modes, Perfect for Book Lovers

Who says that “lights out” means the reading needs to stop? This book light is perfect for anyone who likes to read late at night or when traveling. This reading light is the perfect small gift that will be appreciated by all book lovers and night owls!


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“Book” Decorative Metal Book Ends 

Book Ends - Decorative Metal Book Ends Supports for Bookrack Desk,Books, Unique Appearance Design,Heavy Duty


There can never be too many books- you just need to find more space for them! These “Book” bookends are a cute addition to any bookshelf. As your book lover tries to fit even more books into every available surface, these bookends will help her organize and be a tribute to their love of books.

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Rolanstar Tree Bookshelf With Wooden Drawer


Rolanstar Tree Bookshelf with Wooden Drawer, 8 Shelf Free Standing Bookcase, Tall Display Standing Shelf for Books CDs Plants,Utility Organizer Shelves for Living Room, Bedroom, Rustic Brown


Remember how you can never have enough books? Well, you do need somewhere to keep them? This adorable bookshelf is small enough to fit in a corner but is cleverly made to hold as many stacks of books as your reader can manage to fit on it.

It’s cuter than a regular bookshelf to make it a better present than just a boring furniture piece (although I don’t think anyone would turn that down either!).

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I Can Read! Book Club

Amelia Bedelia 5-Book I Can Read Box Set #1: Amelia Bedelia Hit the Books (I Can Read Level 2)


Are you looking for the perfect gift for a young book lover or for your book lover friend’s kid? The I Can Read! Book Club is the perfect subscription gift that will keep on giving the gift of books. Each monthly box includes 5 I Can Read! Books will be the source of much joy and excitement long after you bought the gift.

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CafePress Books Rock Tote Bag


CafePress Books Rock Tote Bag Natural Canvas Tote Bag, Reusable Shopping Bag

Help your book lover friend make a statement with this book tote bag. They will appreciate the cute book-related message and be happy to have a tote to carry books to and from the library or bookstore. Of course, they can use it to go grocery shopping as well!

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Engraved BookMark


FKOG Enjoy The Next Chapter Leahter Bookmark, Engraved Leather Bookmarks Graduation Retirement Gift for Men Women Her Him Lover Reader Boss Coworker Leaving

Does your reader abhor dog-eared pages? Do they love leaving their books pristine? Then they will love an engraved bookmark with an inspirational saying, like this one available from Amazon. You can never have enough books, and you can never have enough bookmarks, especially if you are reading more than one book at a time!

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Library Book Scented Candle


Library Book Scented Candle, 9 Oz with Glass Container - 100% Organic Soy Wax Lightly Scented with Clean Burning Natural Cotton Wick - Made in The USA


What does a candle have to do with books? Well, your romance lovers may love a candle, but all book lovers will love this scented candle.

This library book-scented candle carries that special scent that is dear to all book-readers hearts. This natural Lightly Scented Soy Wax Candle features a unique library book scent that is perfect for book lovers.


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Bedside Caddy

Zafit Bedside Storage Organizer, Table Cabinet Storage Organizer Bedside Organizer Caddy for Remotes Phone Glasses (Classic 4 Pockets-Grey)


Reading late at night? Reading until their eyelids droop? Does that sound like someone you know? If the answer is yes, then they may appreciate this bedside caddy that is perfect for stowing a book after a late-night reading session to make sure it doesn’t get ruined or lost.

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Novelty Socks

Unisex Cotton Novelty Ankle I'm Gaming Socks with Anti Slip Letters Great Gift for Men Women Game Lovers (SHHH I'M READING Blue)


Looking for a light-hearted and cute gift for your resident book lover? These “Shh-I’m Reading” socks are sure to bring a smile to your reader’s face. Of course, be prepared to see the bottom of these socks a lot as your avid reader settles on the couch with a book and smile.


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Beans and Sparks Club

Personalized Storybook by Dinkleboo -"The Superhero" - for Kids Aged 2 to 8 Years Old - Every Child can be a Superhero in This Super Cute Rhyming Book! - Soft Cover (8"x 8")


For the littlest book lovers among us, how about a subscription to the most adorable book club? Beans and Sparks sends a personalized book every month to your little one.

These stories feature the child of your choice as the main character, which will thrill them to no end and help foster a love of reading for long after they read the books.

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Books or Gift Card

Amazon Gift Card - Print - Amazon Logo

How can I end this list without mentioning the traditional book or gift card gift? A book to read or a gift card to a bookstore where they can choose whatever book they want to make the best gifts. helps readers buy books from independent booksellers all over the world, so making a purchase from them helps support local bookstores- something your book lover will surely appreciate!

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There’s an enormous amount of joy in finding the perfect gift for a loved one. Especially if you’re on a tight budget, you can find great gifts for your friends who love to read.


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