7 Gift Ideas for Literary Folks

7 Gift Ideas for Literary FolksKnow someone who constantly has their nose in a book? Dating an English major? Want to please a bibliophile? It’s easy to seek a new book to add to their collection, but we know you can be a little more creative than that… Whether you’re shopping for a lover of literature, a librarian or a writer, the following literary gift ideas should encourage you to think outside the box:

1. Typewriter Key Jewelry

Typewriter Key Ring sold by The Rusted KeyBefore computers and laptops, typewriters ruled…and although they are more of a collector’s item nowadays – they still have a soft spot in the hearts of literary folks. Jewelry that incorporates typewriter keys makes a lovely gift, especially when they signify someone’s initials. Artisans often use the keys to craft eye-catching rings, necklaces, charm bracelets, cuff links, and earrings. For example, The Rusted Key sells initial rings in an antique style, such as the Oak Leaf Ring shown above – made with a key from a 1930-40’s era typewriter.

Romantiquarian Design Typewriter Key Necklaces

RomantiquarianDesign sells an array of mixed metal typewriter key necklaces – many of which are made with glass beads, crystals, faux pearls, and other delicate accents.

2. Library Card Socks

While e-readers and online book resources seem to get all the glory, many diehard literary folks hold sweet memories of their visits to the library. Technology may have streamlined the way we check out books now, but in the past, library cards were king. Consider gifting a pair of Library Card Socks, which features spaces representing the old school library cards where the names of authors, titles and due dates were once scribbled in. Uncommon Goods sells the socks in yellow, while The Literary Gift Company has them in yellow, blue and grey.

Library Card Socks

3. Upcycled Book Page Brooches

If you’re looking for a whimsical, eye-catching way to help family and friends mark book pages and keep their place as you read, upcycled book page brooches are fashioned out of classic novel-themed text from original book pages that have seen better days. Taking the shape of creatures and items representing well-known publications, a few examples include: George Orwell – Animal Farm’s pig; Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes’ pipe; C S Lewis – the King of the Jungle from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Herman Melville – Moby Dick’ whale; Franz Kafka – Metamorphosis’ insect; and Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit.Upcycled Book Page Brooches - Classics

4. ABC Penholder

Available in silver and red, and made of metal…consider decorating the desk of literary folks with an inspirational ABC Penholder comprised of uppercase letters. Ideal for putting a loved one’s most precious office utensils in one safe place, this gift certainly highlights a love of language, writing, and reading.

ABC Penholder

5. Library Candles

When shopping for someone who loves candles and books, Paddywax sells a Library Collection of artisan home fragrances that pay homage to favorite authors. The soy candles are equipped with a cotton wick and hand-poured into a 6.5 oz. charcoal glass container. A short biography of the celebrated author decorates the box, along with a memorable quote.

Paddywax Library Collection Candles

Available authors and quotes include:

  • Mark Twain – tobacco flower and vanilla; “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow”!
  • Oscar Wilde – cedarwood, thyme and basil; “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination”.
  • Leo Tolstoy – black plum, persimmon and oakmoss; “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love”.
  • Jane Austen – gardenia, tuberose and jasmine; “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort”!
  • John Steinbeck – smoked birch and amber; “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson – cedar and wild fern; “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe – cardamom, absinthe and sandalwood; “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”.

6. Literary-Themed Fashion and Accessories

Sure, you can find tons of T-shirts featuring the portrait of a favorite author or a collection of memorable quotes, but there are plenty of ways to choose a fashion-forward gift that incorporates literature. For instance, Literati Club sells fashionable literature-themed gifts that include infinity scarves decorated with book excerpts and poems from the likes of The Raven, Pride and Prejudice, The Wizard of Oz, and Sherlock Holmes. They also sell eye-catching umbrellas, such as the Alice in Wonderland and Hamlet themes shown here.

Literary Umbrellas and Scarves by Literati Club

7. Special Version of Their Favorite Book

Leatherbound Classic - Wizard of OzLiterary folks who have their personal favorites in the book and author department truly enjoy receiving special editions of particular classics, childhood memories, or sought-after publications. Perhaps their favorite book has been reprinted with gorgeously revamped cover art, or a 50th anniversary edition has been released.

Other items to consider include:

  • first editions
  • leather-bound copies
  • autographed books

Good places to browse for such books include eBay, AbeBooks, and Barnes & Noble. Premiere Collectibles is also known for offering the largest selection of autographed books.

Any gifts catch your eye here?


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About Yona Williams

In addition to being a freelance writer, foodie, art lover and book hoarder, Yona also enjoys researching and sharing the many different ways one can surprise or amaze loved ones with unique and unexpected gift ideas.

46 comments on “7 Gift Ideas for Literary Folks

  1. I literally love and want all of these! I’m sharing these because some of my friends would love them too!

  2. Oh my gosh! I love that Poe bobble head–my husband would love it!

  3. I love those necklaces and umbrellas! So cool!

  4. holy cow-these ARE some really Fabulous ideas. I love them all. I will have to add these ideas to my pinterest pages since I have a lot of readers in my family. I especially like the typewriter jewelry

  5. This is absolutely different as I have never had such option to gift someone in that area. But these are some great gift ideas. I love that Typewriter Key Jewelry & that literary-themed fashion and accessories.

  6. The library sock cards are cute. They would even make a fun gag gift too.

  7. As an avid reader, I’m loving all of these great gift ideas, especially that Pride and Prejudice scarf!

  8. Ohh my gosh I want everything! I love those typewriter necklaces and those darling umbrellas! Thanks so much for this unique list :)

  9. These are great gift ideas. I love the library socks.

  10. I’m not even a huge reader, but I love these suggestions! Really cute ideas!

  11. So many neat ideas! I really like the necklace and the socks.

  12. This has got to be my favorite post I’ve read today. I’m such a literary person and thought all the gifts were super cool…especially the typewriter key ring and the library card socks. We live near the Edgar Allan Poe museum and I love browsing through their gift shop.

  13. I have a librarian friend who would love some of these gifts. That necklace is adorable!

  14. I’m not even a big reader, but I love some of these! Great suggestions!

  15. I love the type writer jewelry. Actually all of these would make great gifts. I’ll have to bookmark this for later. I have a sister that would love all these items

  16. These are really great and creative gifts. I love the jewelry idea and the funky socks. Socks are supposed to be and show your personality.

  17. That’s a great list of ideas. I need to read more often those suggestions look awesome!

  18. These are such fun gifts. I really like the typewrite key jewelry!

  19. These are very unique gift ideas. I would love to pick the Library Card Socks, it is really unique for me. I think this is really perfect for literary folks.

  20. Those typewriter key necklaces are so neat. I love to read AND to write, so it would fit my personality to a tee. I’ll have to add it to my wish list for Christmas.

  21. I like the typewriter necklace, too! These are wonderful gift ideas.

  22. I really like the typewriter key necklaces and the penholders! Very nice gift ideas!

  23. You have a great collection of gifts here! I would love to receive every one of them!

  24. Oh my gosh, I need them all! They are all amazing!

  25. Those library candles are adorable! I have a friend who is a librarian and is getting married soon and would love that! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Those candles look awesome! I would totally buy them! The library card socks are hilarious!!

  27. I love those socks!! I have not seen a due date card like that in years, I don’t even think my kids would know what that is! This is a great round up of gifts for any book lover!

  28. I actually have a lot of friends who love to read. Even in my family, many of us cannot live without books! These are wonderful gift ideas. I love the candles and the pencil holders.

  29. These are such great gift ideas! I like the idea of special edition books.

  30. The socks! How cute are those! What a fun gift for your favorite librarian. I love the ABC penholder too!

  31. Some of these would definitely be good ones for my daughter. These are all really clever though! Great picks!

  32. I would love to have any of these literary gifts! I remember how much I loved my Selectric typewriter and had a hard time changing over to a computer back in the day. :)

  33. I’m really fond of that typewriter key jewelry! Those pendant necklaces are so neat!

  34. What, are you sure?! Even if I am not a book-lover I would love to own most of those items! They look so cute and unique. The scarf definitely makes a statement. I’ll surely keep those items in mind for my sisters. :)

  35. These are wonderful ideas. First or special edition books are such great gifts for any age. It really shows that someone put a lot of thought into the gift. Those socks are too cute as well!

  36. Thank you for the ideas! My husband loves reading. And he used to read to our kids every day from birth :)

  37. Oh I know what I am getting my kids teachers. I love those socks and pencil holder I will be the talk of the town thanks to you because I love unique and different gifts.

  38. My mother in law would love these gift ideas!!! Super cute and practical!

  39. great gift guide… i think everyone will loves candle! I also love the pencil holder

  40. What fun ideas! My Mom, sisters, and I are all bibliophiles. I’m pinning lots of these for future gifts!

  41. Those sock are brilliant!!! lol! My friend is an avid reader…she would love some of these!

  42. These are really cute ideas. I really like the library card socks and the candles. Very fun ideas!

  43. These would be such fun gifts for all the readers in my life I love the idea of the pencil holder! All these gifts are so creative!

  44. These are great ideas. I love the upcycled book page brooches and the ABC penholders!

  45. I would love to get one of the typewriter key necklaces. Great ideas!

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