15 Unique & Affordable Gifts for Booklovers (Almost All Are Under $20!)

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We’ve handpicked the most unique gifts for booklovers! 

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We read these are great gifts. 😉🎁

Don’t just buy a book this year, buy one of our top gifts for booklovers! They’re sure to wow and will be cherished for every good read.

It may seem early to start thinking about Christmas gift-giving, but as part of our Christmas Shopping Challenge, each week we’ll be sharing the best gift ideas for everyone. From spouses, kids, coworkers, and more. Our goal is to help you cross off your lists by November, so you better stick to your budget and have less stress and more family time when the holidays arrive.

Below, we’re sharing some of the best gift ideas for booklovers that you can save money on right now! Do your future self a favor and start your holiday shopping early this year. 🙌🏼

Here are some of the best gift ideas for booklovers – all under $X!

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1. Get your booklover a light so they can easily read any time of day. 

open book with black clip on light on top of pages

Clip On Book Light – $9.49 (regularly $9.99) 

This clip book light should be at the top of your booklover’s wish list if they don’t have one already! They’re extremely handy for reading in the dark or taking it with you on a plane. Best of all, it only illuminates their book so it won’t be a nuisance to others like a bedside lamp or an overhead light on a plane can be.

2. Big book lovers will love this innovative page holder that just makes sense. 

thumb in book page holder in middle of book

Handmade Book Page Holder$10.95 (regularly $11.99) 

This will be one gift booklovers won’t know how they lived without until they have it. We love this wooden book page holder because it comes in many sizes depending on who you’re shopping for and it’s handmade from gorgeous walnut wood so it’s sure to last through a lifetime of reading.

Consider this 3 pack under $10 so they can keep one in every reading nook.

3. These minimalist bookmarks are perfect for avoiding a page bender. 

before and after showing close up of book with bent page vs heart shaped bookmark on edge

Heart Magnetic Bookmarks, 10 Pack – $4.99 ($0.50 each)

These would make such a perfect inexpensive stocking stuffer idea for your booklover! Since there’s 10 in each pack you could even break it into a couple gifts too. We love that these heart-shaped bookmarks are super minimalist and are also magnetic so you don’t need to worry about them slipping off.

sprout bookmark coming out of the top of book

As another option, you could also consider a traditional bookmark with no magnet. These little green sprouts for under $1 each or this knitted daisy bookmark for under $8 are a fun way to add some fun to any read.

4. These acrylic book vases are going viral and are a decor must have. 

clear acrylic book vase with pink tall stemmed roses inside

Acrylic Book Vase – $13.49 (regularly $22.99) 

Grab this trendy acrylic book vase if you know the booklover you’re shopping for could use a new piece of stylish decor. These have been going viral with booklovers and even those who aren’t avid readers so we know it’s going to be a gift they’ll love! It would look great on a bookshelves or completely on it’s own.

Psst…we heard this gift also goes well with some affordable fresh flowers. 😉

5. These “So many books, so little time” socks are a cute novelty gift that will make anyone smile. 

hand holding up foot with so many books on socks

Novelty Booklover Socks$10.99 (regularly $14) 

A cute novelty gift is always sure to make someone smile and is perfect for any booklover on your list from spouses to coworkers. The “so many book, so little time” quote on the bottom is an adorable way for someone to curl up and enjoy their favorite book.

6. Booklovers can take their favorite readers anywhere with an Amazon tablet. 

man holding an Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet and reading a news story

Amazon Fire HD 10″ 64GB Tablet w/ Customizable Case Voucher $99.98 (regularly $121)
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The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet offers up to 12 hours of battery life which gives any booklover the ability to get tons of reading in no matter where they are. As a bonus, they’ll be able to also chat with friends and family, watch movies, browse the web, and SO MUCH MORE!

Plus, it’s an Alexa-enabled device, so you can ask questions, have her start/stop music and shows, set alarms, etc. Even cooler, it comes with a customizable case voucher so you’ll be able to create the perfect case to give your gift a personalized touch!

Considering a Kindle Paperwhite? We expect it to go on sale closer to Black Friday, so keep your eyes peeled for a better deal!

hand holding a Kindle Paperwhite outside

This is another device our Hip booklover, Alli absolutely loves and says it’s worth the higher price point. Even better, you can score an Amazon gift card and 25% OFF when you trade in an old device. 🤩

While it’s currently not on sale, we’ll have our eyes peeled for an upcoming sale once Black Friday rolls around. Here’s what she had to say about it:

“While I know this isn’t the cheapest gift in the world, it’s honestly perfect. It feels like you’re reading an actual book because the ‘pages’ don’t glare and you can take it anywhere – even the beach!”

7. E-readers will love having this ergonomic pillow stand for their tablet. 

pillow stand on bed with ipad leaning on front

Tablet Pillow Stand – $21.99 (regularly $29.99) 

Speaking of e-reading…this will be one product a late night reader will really love especially if they are reading via tablet or another electronic device. It’s perfect to place on your lap so reading in bed or on the couch can be handsfree and much more comfortable. Even better, it’s also conducive to other hobbies like playing games, drawing on an iPad, or even reading a traditional paper book.

8. A booklovers journal is a thoughtful gift for booklovers so they can keep track of all their reading. 

booklovers journal open with rating scale and details on reading

The Book Lover’s Journal – $10 (regularly $14.99) 

Many avid reader never want to forget a great book, so a journal where they can write about it will be a fun way for them to keep track of all their favorites. This 216 page journal has a space to write the title, author, genre, where/when they read the book, noteworthy tidbits, a rating scale, and more! It’s basically a booklover’s dream come true!

9. Let your giftee personalize all their books with this cute and modern personalized stamp.

zazzle custom book stamp on white page

Custom Book Stamp$16.95
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This stamp is completely customizable from the exterior plastic color to the ink. Plus, you can type whatever text you wish for the stamp. Any booklover who often lends their books to friends or simply wants to add a personal touch to their books will love this gift idea.

10. Gift this whimsical bookmark to a teen or a fantasy book lover.

gold metal feather bookmark in box

Metal Feather Bookmark – $11.99 (regularly $15.99) 

How beautiful is this metal bookmark?! 🤩 Our Hip CEO & founder, Collin, gifted this metal bookmark to her teen daughter and she said she absolutely loved it! We also love the beautiful gold chain with a butterfly and marble detail so you can even admire it’s beauty when it’s being used in a book.

11. This under $20 gift will keep their drink hot while they get lost in a good book.

white mug on mr coffee mug warmer on wood nightstand next to bed

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer$18.41 (regularly $19.99)

Any booklover knows when you get sucked into a good book your coffee or tea tends to get cold pretty quickly. Therefore, we love the idea of gifting a way to keep their drink hot! The Mr. Coffee mug warmer is currently under $20 and will warm their coffee in under 2 minutes.

Want to go all out for your gift for booklovers?

hand holding heating ember coffee mug

Consider a highly rated Ember Mug to splurge on. This mug and heating pad is wireless, can be controlled with a smartphone, has an 80 minute battery life, and is sleek as ever.

12. Cookbook readers will appreciate this hands free stand in the kitchen.

wooden cookbook stand with cookbook on top

Cookbook Stand for Kitchen$14.99 (regularly $17.99)

Our Hip CEO & founder, Collin, has had her eye on this cute wood stand for reading her favorite cookbooks in the kitchen! It can be used when a book is open or closed. Plus, it’s so pretty, it can definitely doubles as decor too!

13. Get 50% OFF a cozy new blanket they can curl up with to enjoy their books.

white ruched faux fur throw blanket with winter beanie laying on bed

Target Throw Blankets – 50% OFF
Starting at $10 (regularly $20+)

If your booklover talks about how cozy they love to be when they read, Target has plenty on sale for 50% OFF that are sure to be exactly the vibe they love! Regardless of which blanket you scoop up, you can’t go wrong with something that will make their reading nook and them extra cozy.

14. This tote is adorable to take to the library or out shopping. 

close up of my weekend is all booked tote

My Weekend is All Booked Tote – $17.99 (regularly $20.99) 

We couldn’t resist this adorable tote for under $20! A few of our avid Hip readers said they love to have a book-related tote to carry around when they are at the library grabbing a bunch of new books! Plus, when they’re not grabbing new books, they love to keep their favorite books inside with all their favorite reading essentials so they can grab it and head out the door when they want to take their reading on the go.

15. Gift them a book day experience they’ll never forget.

woman with a hat standing in library with curvy aisles of books

A trip to a new library – FREE

There’s no denying booklovers LOVE books so why not gift them a dreamy experience where they can indulge for a day. Consider taking them to a bookstore or library where they’ve never been and maybe even make it into a trip. Large cities tend to have a huge selection and beautiful, big library any booklover could get lost in for the day. Let them pick some new books on you and bring them home so they can curl up and enjoy their new reads.

What are your suggestions for the best gifts for booklovers? Please share your favorite gift ideas someone who loves to read in the comments below!

Take our Christmas challenge and finish your shopping early this year! 🙌

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 4

  1. vmonaco

    Thank you so much for this list. My 10 year old granddaughter is getting too old for toys and loves to read. Many of these suggestions would be perfect Christmas or anytime gifts for her.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, vmonaco! πŸ’“ Very happy to hear how helpful this gift list is for you – and hoping your granddaughter enjoys them! πŸŽ„πŸ€—

  2. Tracey

    The clip on book light is the best; my DH & have both used this type for a few years and love them. They come in handy for other things too – adding a little light to dark spaces (like looking under the bed for something lost haha). So lightweight and great for traveling.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your positive experience with the clip-on book light! πŸ™Œ Good to know how lightweight is is and ideal for traveling! Happy reading (and exploring under the bed for lost items – I might have to scoop it up for this too πŸ˜‰)! πŸ’ž

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