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The Best Gifts for Readers of 2021

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Odds are, you know someone who’s a huge bookworm. Looking to find the perfect holiday gift for them? We’ve got your back! We found the best gifts for readers, no matter whether they prefer physical books or audiobooks, as well as a few picks that are fun and cozy.


Happy Holidays! This article is part of our Holiday 2021 Gift Guide where you can find the best-of-the-best recommendations from Review Geek, LifeSavvy, and How-To Geek to help you pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

For the Book Collector: Book of the Month

Person laying on bed holding a book and smiling in sunny room
Book of the Month

No one can deny that eReaders are the easiest way to consume bulky tomes like War & Peace, but for those who prefer physical books, the Book of the Month subscription box is the gift that keeps on giving. Every month, the service picks five of the latest and greatest titles to hit the shelves that month; from there, you’ll choose the one that looks the best, and it’ll arrive on your doorstep shortly after.

The service also understands that life gets busy; whenever you decide you need a little more time to finish your last book, you can pause the subscription for a month and resume it once you’re all caught up. Books span a variety of genres, and past selections have featured Everything We Didn’t Say by Nicole Baart, Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian, Win Me Something by Kyle Lucia Wu, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, and Circe by Madeline Miller.

For the Digital Reader: Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite, seen from the front and from the rear
Amazon

Not everyone is into physical books, and that’s fine. If you prefer to enjoy your reads in digital form, the Kindle Paperwhite offers you all the features you could hope for in an eReader. You’ll have plenty of room to store thousands of your favorite books, as it includes 8GB of storage, plus it’s slim enough to throw in your purse or bag so you can take it with you on the go.

The 6.8-inch display has thinner borders and 20% faster page turns than its predecessor, as well as a 300ppi glare-free display that looks like actual paper even when you’re reading outside in the sun. Adjustable warm light keeps your eyes comfy and happy while you read, and you can shift it from bright white to a cozy amber as needed. It’s even water-resistant, so feel free to read poolside. Battery lasts up to 10 weeks per charge, and you can even pair it with Audible and a Bluetooth speaker when you want to listen to your story (like while you’re cooking or cleaning).

For the Digital Reader

Kindle Paperwhite

Like reading books, except digital! Take your library on the go, even poolside with the Kindle Paperwhite.

For the Audiobook Lover: Audible

Ebook selections from Amazon's Audible service
Amazon

Audible is the easiest way to enjoy audiobooks or, as we mentioned above, listen to your story when you’re not in the mood to read it. The service requires a monthly subscription but includes a free 30-day trial and gives you access to thousands of great stories across every imaginable genre, from science fiction and classic literature to education and self-development. There are even titles your kids will like, such as the Harry Potter series, Percy Jackson, and classic books.

You can browse titles by genre, author, language, duration, customer rating, bestseller charts, and release date, so it shouldn’t take you long to find a new favorite.  It’s also host to various popular podcasts, like Today, Explained from Vox, Lore by Aaron Mahnke, and Stuff You Should Know by iHeartRadio. Audible has tons of fun options that’ll keep your entire family entertained well beyond the holidays all year round.

Listen to Audiobooks (or Nothing): Jabra Elite 85t Earbuds

Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds
Jabra

Hear every last word from the latest audiobook you picked up, or enjoy some well-deserved quiet time with a nice pair of true wireless earbuds. The Jabra Elite 85ts offer outstanding active noise cancellation, ensuring that annoying background noise like a fan, your washing machine, or anything else is silent as the grave. They’re one of our favorite pairs of earbuds and are also great for listening to music, podcasts, and TV shows.

They come in a variety of nice color options, last up to 5.5 hours plus another 20 or so thanks to the included charging case. With the press of a button, you can adjust volume and turn on the hear-through feature, which allows you to hear your surroundings without actually removing the buds. They even have an IPX4 rating, so they’ll resist light sweat and water if you want to wear them while you workout (aka the perfect time to listen to an audiobook or podcast).

Listen to Audiobooks (or Nothing)

Jabra Elite 85t Earbuds

Enjoy fantastic-sounding music, audiobooks, and podcasts (or some peace and quiet) with these true wireless earbuds.

See What You’re Reading: Clip-On Lamp

Clip-on book light showing three different light temperatures
Vekkia

Want to read your book late at night without turning on the light in your room? Keep things visible but not blinding with this convenient clip-on book light. It comes in four fun color options and easily attaches to your book (though you can also clip it onto a thin ledge on your nightstand or bed frame).

The light features three brightness settings and three temperature settings so that you can enjoy the perfect lighting in any scenario. It’s super lightweight and won’t weigh down your book. It also has a padded clamp and flexible neck so you can put the light right where you want it. And with a rechargeable battery (via micro-USB), you can enjoy up to 60 hours of reading before needing to charge it again.

See What You’re Reading

Vekkia Clip-On Lamp

Clip this light onto your book and see the pages when you’re reading at night.

Keep Your Place: Library Card Bookmark

Library Card-themed bookmarks displayed in different colors on some books

Instead of dog-earing your books or trying to remember what page you’re on, get a bookmark! And while you’re at it, make it a cool one like these, from BookEphemera, which look like the vintage checkout cards that public libraries put in the back of each book. Each bookmark says “The Public Library” and features other fun details like four columns for checkout and return dates and a variety of other library-centric details.

You have four color options to choose from—yellow, orange, brown, or blue. There’s even an option to customize the bookmark for a few dollars extra. Here, you’ll have the ability to add a name and date to the bookmark, which is a fun way to add a personalized touch. Customization is only available in red ink, though. The bookmark measures 5.6 inches x 2 inches and is printed on uncoated premium cream paper, so it’ll hold up book after book (after book).

Get Cozied Up: A Knit Blanket

A cozy knit blanket folded up
Amazon

Make your reading experience better by cozying up with a soft knit blanket. This double-sided blanket has 100% acrylic on one side with a cute cable knit design, while the other side features luxurious soft sherpa fleece. It’s available in grey-blue, cream, grey, ivory white, light grey, sage green, mustard yellow, navy, and burnt orange, so you can choose the one that best matches your home’s decor.

The blanket measures 60 x 80 inches, so it’s plenty spacious and is perfect to use as a throw blanket or even as a comforter on your bed. And don’t worry about accidental spills—you can throw the blanket in your washing machine and dryer whenever it needs a clean.

Get Cozied Up

A Knit Blanket

This blanket will keep you warm and cozy while you read all of your books.

Sip While You Read: Sips by Tea Subscription

Person holding a teapot and teacup
Sips by

Having a hot cup of tea by your side is a critical part of the cozy reading experience, so make sure you’ve always got some to steep. With a Sips by Tea Subscription, you’ll get four different types of tea sent to your doorstep every month. That’ll give you enough to make at least 16 cups and try a few new kinds (from over 150 global tea brands) while you’re at it.

The subscription box is personalized to your tastes. You’ll take a short quiz before signing up that’ll help the service better determine which teas to send your way. You get to say whether you prefer your tea loose leaf or bagged, with or without caffeine, with added flavors, and even which types of tea you’re open to. Cheers to that!

Set Your Drink Down: Horror Book Coasters

Four-pack of coasters themed after classic Gothic horror book covers.

Once your tea is steeped, you’ll need somewhere to set your mug down between sips, like a cute coaster. This clever four-pack of coasters is themed after classic Gothic horror book covers and makes for the perfect bookish touch for your home’s book nook.

The titles featured are Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If you’re a fan of these classic tales, these bold and colorful coasters are a must-have. They’re sealed with a glossy resin that’s heat-resistant and waterproof, so they’ll hold up to years of hot mugs and accidental tea spills.

Set Your Drink Down

Horror Book Coasters

Imagine this: drink coasters, but themed like iconic classic Gothic horror book covers. Cool, right?

Protect Your Kindle: A Bookish Cover

A fun book-themed Kindle case design
KleverCase

Should you decide to pick up a new Kindle Paperwhite for yourself, you’ll probably want to purchase a protective case for it, too. Keep things book-themed with this faux-leather cover that looks like a book from Penguin publishing house. There are more than 10 other bookish cover options to choose from as well, in case you want a specific title instead of this more generic-style design.

This case is compatible with all Kindle Paperwhite models and is handmade in England using UK-sourced materials and traditional bookbinding techniques. It’s made with vegan-friendly luxury faux leather and is lightweight and splashproof.

Protect Your Kindle

A Bookish Cover

A case is a great thing to purchase for your Kindle, and we love these with their fun book-themed designs.

For Your Bookshelf: Wooden Bookends

Wooden bookends
Pandapark

Keep your books upright and organized with these simple yet stylish wooden bookends. They’re the perfect way to keep your books from falling off a shelf or table without taking up too much room. They are constructed with multiple types of wood, like maple or walnut, and feature a non-skid natural coating that’ll hold up to wear and tear. You’ve got a few color options to choose from, too, so you can match the rest of your home’s decor.

For Your Bookshelf

Wooden Bookends

These stylish wooden bookends will keep your books upright and organized.

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