Gift Ideas for Bookworms

November 1, 2013

I bought you a gift. It’s something I’ve always wanted, but I’m not quite sure you’ll like it. So if you don’t want it just tell me and I’ll be happy to keep it. After all, I’m only interested in making you happy.
Jarod Kintz

Book lovers are in a class of their own. The true bookworm (or book-lion, to use the politically correct modern term!) disdains flowers, perfumes, chocolates, T-shirts; yet s/he is far too particular to risk gifting a book to! They might have read it already; they might hate the author (and hell hath no fury like a booklover gifted a book by an author they detest!); or they might wish you’d gifted them the title they were really looking forward to…. sigh!

So we’ve  found some stuff calculated to melt the true book addict’s heart, without the risk of stepping on their toes. Whether you’re hunting for gifts for the casual reader or the fanatical bookworm,  you’re sure to find some great gift ideas below!

Bendable Book reading lights: Let there be light…. whenever I have a book


Want to read late into the night, but afraid of disturbing others?

Traveling long-distance and can’t read because of the lack of light at night?

Reading lights are for you. Slim, sleek, lightweight and flexible, they bend to fit around a book. The long-lasting light is rechargeable through a USB port so it can be used over and over again. Perfect for travel or reading in bed. Buy these booklights here. You’ll love them; and so will your partner as it lets them sleep in peace!

Flexible Study Lamps: For late night marathon reading sessions!

Study lamp

An ergonomic marvel, these study lamps are the perfect helpmate for the obsessive late-night reader. They’re flexible, and can be adjusted to suit your needs perfectly. They’re as good-looking as they are useful. A gift that marries practicality and aesthetics, this gift is particularly recommended for bookworm teens and college students doing some late-night swotting.  Get them here.

Concealed wall shelves: Magic, Magic, on the wall…..


Anyone entering your home is sure to give a double take! Are those books…. floating on the wall ?! Yes they are! This magical upturning of gravity is possible with these cleverly constructed concealed wall shelves. Make your home stand out…. and let your books carry their own weight!

Tree Shaped Book Shelf: Branch out and let your books blossom!


If you’ve been thinking of some home refurbishments this Diwali, take a look at this unique tree-shaped bookrack. Say goodbye to boring rows and columns. This rack looks great in your living room, adding to your decor while making a style statement of its very own. It says, ‘Here lives a discerning book-lover. Just look at me!‘ Find it here.

Kindle: For the book addict who’s running out of shelf space

Kindle Fire HD 8.9' copy

Gifting an e-reader to a book-lover is like gifting them a never-ending library. Amazon’s Kindle was the first in this space. If you’re looking for something that’s more than just an e-book reader and are willing to splash the cash, consider the Kindle Fire HD. It’s perfect for apps, games and all your entertainment, and helps you stay connected with the web, e-mail and more. It has killer looks too; as far as gifts go, this one’s a winner all the way. Find it on sale here.


If you’re a die-hard book lover and insist on being a purist, the new Paperwhite is especially tailored to cater to readers. It has a built-in reading light, has great resolution and an 8-week battery life. This is the perfect reader’s companion – no distractions, no frills or furbellows; pure reading pleasure as a pocket companion. It’s currently on sale too!

Trendy Bookends: For the book-loving neatness freak


What do you need to dress up your bookshelves? (Apart from books, of course!) Answer: Trendy bookends! Bookends can add quite an accent to your home, besides giving you and your visitors something to smile about. Your choice of bookends can act as a glimpse into your soul; so the ‘Words:Worth‘ ones in the picture above speak for themselves. If you want to be more adventurous; well, what better  than monkeys engrossed in reading? For a more economical option, see these simple but elegant wood-metal bookends.

Beautiful Bookmarks: Dainty, tasteful, personal and easy on the pocket!



An ethnic-looking placeholder for your book is exactly what you need, to make sure you never lose track of the story. Delicate and elegant, bookmarks are available in various shapes and sizes. Check out these intricately crafted brass bookmarks: flower, motorcycle, key, ship…. Alternatively, you could go for soft velveteen bookmarks with cute animal faces; buy them here. Beware; these are not just for kids, adults will love them too!

Gifts for your loved ones abroad

Finding something unique and appropriate for a friend or relative based abroad can be nerve-wracking. After all, they have access to lots more cool stuff there, right?


Take a look at the gifting ideas below. Specifically targeted at book lovers, these items make thoughtful, trendy gifts for a book-loving loved one staying abroad. Of course, you can order these for your friends and family in India too; do confirm first that the vendor ships to India. (Their websites say they do; nevertheless, it would be wise to double-check.)

Personalised Book stamp: Make your mark on your books

Customizable stamp- This Book Belongs to

The perfect anti-book-theft device! Just kidding.

The book stamp is a gift with a personal touch. Gift it to a person who takes pride in having their own library. Bookaholics lurrrve their books, and having their own names on the flyleaf , in stylish calligraphy, would give their beloved tomes just the right touch. An economical option that also stands out for its thoughtfulness.

Bookish prints on handbags, skirts, pendants, lockets, you name it!




What better gift for someone than their favourite book/author turned into an accessory?

Imagine the look on your girlfriend’s face when her favourite book can swing on her arm – as a purse! Or gift your mom a pendant with her favourite author quote. Or your niece can have her favourite Harry Potter title as a charm around her wrist! The options are limitless. There’s even a skirt with all your favourite titles printed on it. Whatever will they think of next?

USB Digital Library: Includes 3000 Classic Books!


Classics never go out of fashion. That’s why they’re called classics, silly!

Imagine gifting someone 3000 books in a go. Wouldn’t your book-loving friend love that?A simple USB drive loaded with Jane Austen, Henry James, the Bronte sisters, Thackeray, Shakespeare, Dickens and more….. can the bookish ask for anything better? Buy this item here.

Priyanka Gupta

Priyanka Gupta

Co-founder at IndiaBookStore
IITK alumnus, wandering soul. After seeking for job satisfaction in 4 firms over a span of 7 years, finally got her hands dirty in a startup. Dance freak, dreams to travel d world.
Priyanka Gupta


  • Malvika Jaswal November 1, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Nice! I don’t know if I have the moral courage to gift these lovely things away. 🙂

    • Mugdha November 7, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Hence the topmost line of the post…

      ““I bought you a gift. It’s something I’ve always wanted, but I’m not
      quite sure you’ll like it. So if you don’t want it just tell me and
      I’ll be happy to keep it. After all, I’m only interested in making you
      happy. ”

  • Priyanka Pimpale November 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    This gifts are genius 😀

  • Chirpy November 6, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Have you ever heard of Kobo?

    They have already given several reasons to sweat to Amazon. You’ll find this interesting 🙂

    • Mugdha November 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Interesting. I have a Kindle myself, and haven’t used Kobo… but I think it’s time to check out other options in the market too … 🙂

  • Raghav Jindal May 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    These bookworms are crazy and their gifts to

  • Nitin Vadher May 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    wow very interesting articles, especially the bookmark article I will make my own bookmark. Very helpful articles.

  • pinky z dhamani May 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Oh wat an idea sir jee. Sure to receive some gr8 remarks for such beautiful collection of gifts for book lover. I will look for an occasion to gift myself one of the above gifts!!:)

  • GRVDON May 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    i love the tree shape book shelf .. now i design one for my room too

  • Chander Shekhar May 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Bendable lights and concealed shelves took my breathe away … superb ideas 🙂

  • Neeti Choudhari May 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Ahh my dream gifts <3

  • Ruchita May 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Love all these gifts!!! And would be a great delight to actually own one of them !!!

  • Tapan May 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Great ideas!!! That can make reading more interesting

  • Geeta Nair May 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Great ideas. My favourite is the tree shaped book shelf.

  • Bisileesh Pulikkathra May 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    OMG…! This is awesome..:)

  • Pratikhya Alexis May 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Awesome compilation of gift ideas!

  • hilerns May 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM


  • Jumsumtak May 27, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Loved those concealed book shelves. Will definitely buy one for myself!! 😀

  • archonline May 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    wow… loved all the gifts.. when I started out I thought it would be another recommendation of classic books… but this is very good..

  • harsh May 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM


  • Aadya Dua May 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Thank you…. 🙂
    Will let my friends know 😉

  • Wob Admin May 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Reading and everything related to it is definitely adorable.

  • ravi9 September 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    simply super & creative gifts for bookworms…and no doubt that everyone else will also love these..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *