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Bookworm Gift Ideas That Aren’t Books

Book lovers tend to be really easy to find gifts for. There are so many books, from dozens of genres, published each year. You’re bound to find something your bookworm has on their to-read list.

However, what if you wanted to gift that bookworm friend or family member something other than a book?

I’ve created this guide for you!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. This means, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a small commission for any purchases made through those links. For more information see the disclosure policy.

The Bookworm’s Guide to Bookish Gifts

As a bookworm, I’m 100% guilty of ordering bookish merchandise online for myself. I love literature so much that I feel the need to show my appreciation for it outside of the pages.

And I know there are others like me, so I’m sharing with you my favourite finds your bookworm will appreciate as well!

Frostbeard Studio Book Themed Soy Candles


Frostbeard Book Themed Soy Candles for the Bookworm

The first thing I want to say about these candles is that I haven’t run into a scent I didn’t like. In addition, the fragrances added to the soy candles fit perfectly with the chosen names. My favourite thing to do is light one in the evening when I’m winding down and reading before bed.

My favourite book-themed soy candles so far are “Bookstore“, “Divination Classroom“, “Headmaster’s Office” and “Sherlock’s Study“. I tend to go for the warm and cozy scents over the bright and fresher ones but that’s just my preference.

Their candles come in four sizes, 2oz, 4oz, 8oz, and tarts. I personally like the larger 8oz glass jars, but also get the 4oz for cheaper shipping. For the bookworm, I recommend gifting multiple 2oz candles if they haven’t purchased these before. The 2oz size is perfect for testing out which fragrances you prefer best.

I love these candles so much I made a review video of them in my Instagram stories. I’ve uploaded it to YouTube so you can access it here! I apologize for the vertical camera, this was originally filmed for Instagram!


*Correction: In the end, I mention I’m an affiliate of Frostbeard. This isn’t correct, I’m an affiliate for Etsy which Frostbeard sells through.


Framed Book Themed Prints by Indigo






Indigo’s prints with their quality frames would make the perfect gift for someone with their own place. I recommend mounting them in an Indigo gallery frame. I have the books and glasses print (but in black and white), in a black frame with white matting and love it! 

Book themed print with frame from Indigo. Perfect gift for the bookworm

My print and frame from Indigo


“Bookmarks Are For Quitters”


"Bookmarks Are For Quitters" t-shirt. Perfect gift for bookworms.


This is a great gift for someone who likes to express their interests in fashion. The shirt is available in a variety of colours and a couple of fits. I recommend the unisex fit because it is soft and has a slight stretch. The writing is done by BlockMerch in California, United States.



“She is too Fond of Books and it Has Turned Her Brain.” Louisa May Alcott Tote


"She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain." - Louisa May Alcott. Cotton canvas tote bag with book theme for the bookworm.


The perfect gift for the bookworm who borrows too many library books and needs to bring a tote! Printed by MinnieandMaude from Ohio, United States. The tote is made from heavy duty natural cotton canvas. This shop has a variety of book-themed totes so if this print doesn’t do it for you make sure to check their selection!



Book Themed Vinyl Record Clock

Bookworm gift ideas - Book themed vinyl record clock


Made from new vinyl, this Etsy shop transformed this record into a book-themed clock! Any bookworm would love this vintage style bookish gift. Manufactured by VinylShopUS, they ship out of Georgia, United States. They also do custom designs and you have the option of record colours! I personally like the black, but you can do white, gold, silver, dark grey, and beige. 



I hope you found this gift guide helpful in your search for the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life.

If you think they would prefer a book over book themed merchandise make sure to check out my other book lists:

If there is something else you found that didn’t make my list let me know in the comments section. I’m always looking for gifts ideas (-it’s my birthday every day)!

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  1. Alyssa

    June 20, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I love this! I always struggle because I love books and everyone knows it. They don’t, however, know what kind of books I like. I always end up being gifted lots of books I have either already read or don’t want to read! It’s so much better to give me book themes things rather than actual books. Great list!

    1. sarah.fournier

      June 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks! Sometimes buying a book is personal, so I understand why it would be hard to buy the right book for someone.
      Also, are you at Harry Potter’s house in your profile picture?! Were there any owls? haha

  2. Melanie

    June 20, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome ideas! I think I’ll send them to family and friends for ideas for gifts for me. Wink wink 😉

    1. sarah.fournier

      June 20, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Great idea! I mean the holidays are only 6 months away haha.

  3. Mary

    June 20, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Haha! I love the shirt! My son is a huge book lover, he totally needs it!

    1. sarah.fournier

      June 20, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks for commenting! If your interested, BlockMerch has more book themed t-shirts and they are 10% off until June 22nd (Etsy’s 13th Birthday Sales Event). I personally liked the “Bookmarks are for Quitters” one as well 🙂

  4. Mamie

    June 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    These are great suggestions. I am such a book nerd.

    1. sarah.fournier

      June 20, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Me too!

  5. Elizabeth Auwarter

    July 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I am the resident bookworm in our family, and I adore so many of these choices! Great collection!

    1. sarah.fournier

      July 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Yes! Thanks for commenting!

  6. Noelle @ A Little Adult

    August 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I love that T-shirt! May have to pick it up for myself lol

    1. sarah.fournier

      August 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Do it! I have a t-shirt manufactured by the same people and the fabric is so soft and comfortable. They also got the sizes perfectly which you want when you can’t try it on before purchasing!

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