Bookish Gifts Under $20

Last year, I wrote a guide to some rad bookish gifts you could give for under $20. Part of it came because I’ve read too many “stocking stuffer” guides featuring items that are well beyond $20, and I don’t know about you, but my stocking stuffers aren’t that pricey.

Now that the season of giving gifts is upon us again, here’s another guide to bookish goods under $20. These are perfect for those white elephants, those stockings, for host/hostess gifts, and other events where you want to give something special but you also don’t want to go broke. I’ve divided up the gifts into price categories and included the list price as of 11/25 beneath the item.

 

Up To $5

 

pun-bookmarks

 

Six punny literary bookmarks are $5.

 

scrabble-coaster

 

How about some fun bookish coasters made from Scrabble tiles? These are $5 and made by Book Riot’s own Tirzah Price.

 

novel-ornament

 

Hang the pages of your favorite novel from your tree with these novel ornaments. The one above is from The Great Gatsby, but there are a number of choices in this shop. These start at $5.

 

borrower-reminder

 

Pretty bookmarks that do double duty as reminder cards for those borrowing a book. $3.

 

bookish-and-i-know-it-bumper-sticker

 

Bumper stickers spittin’ truth. $3.

 

poetry-magnets

 

Poetry magnets (not to be confused with Magnetic Poetry) with some super fun words. $5.

 

 

 

Up To $10

tea-soap-books

 

It’s tea soap in bookish form. Available in a ton of scents/styles/genres: this one is science fiction. $7.

 

microfiche-earrings

 

This one is for the librarians: a pair of microfiche earrings for $10.

 

library-cards

 

You can never have enough library date due cards in your life. These run for $8 and you get 50.

 

quotation-mark-earrings

Punctuation earrings are perfect word nerdery accessories for a little over $6.50.

 

hedgehog-print

 

It’s a bookish hedgehog! On a dictionary page! $10.

 

passport-case

 

Travel in style with a book-covered passport case. $5.50.

 

old-school-memo

 

It’s too adorable, this old school memo set. $6.

 

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Story Cubes are awesome because they can be used as a game or they can be pulled out when you’re itching for creative inspiration. $7.50.

 

book-buddies-llamas

Sweet book flags, with room for tiny notes, in a variety of cute styles. $6.

 

book-light

 

A styling book light, perfect for reading on one’s non-illuminated ereader or a good old print book. $10.

 

Up to $15

book-worm-brooch

 

This cute wooden book worm brooch is just over $10.

 

lit-tea-collection

 

Here’s a nice set of literary themed teas for $12.

 

_unlikable_female_protagonist__tall_mugs_by_courtnival___redbubble

 

Own being an unlikable female protagonist with this sweet mug. $15.

 

lavendar-pillow-sachets

 

A lavender pillow sachet — the description notes it could be used for a lightweight bookmark. It’d also be great for when you need a teeny tiny nap between chapters and want a nice, deliciously-scented eye pillow. $15.

 

antagonist-necklace

You COULD get a protagonist necklace, but isn’t being the antagonist more fun? (Debatable). $14.

 

books-to-read

 

For those who love a good paper TBR list, this spiral bound journal is perfect at $10.50.

 

check_me_out_library_kit___mod_retro_vintage_desk_accessories___modcloth_com

 

A personal library kit, complete with date due cards and stamper. $15.

 

Up to $20 

 

infinity

 

Snuggle up with books in this bookshelf infinity scarf. It’s a little over $19.

 

book-worm-candle

 

Yum, the perfect candle smell for a book nook. $18.

 

this-is-my-reading-tee

 

heh. $20 for sizes S-XL, and then an extra $2 for an XXL.

 

glasses-necklace

 

Oscar Wilde wisdom + spectacles = the perfect bookish necklace gift. $18.

 

great-drinkers-shot-glasses

 

For under $17, shots with some of literature’s most famous drinkers.

 

read-a-book-puzzle-1

 

After you’ve enjoyed a round of shots, doing this book puzzle might get a little more challenging. $20.

 

im-reading-right-meow-tote-bag

 

A cat pun, a book, and all of it neatly packaged on a tote. $20 for purrfection.

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