This gift guide features awesome gift ideas for the book lover, reader, and writer in your life. We’ve gathered gift-giving suggestions for men and women, boys and girls, toddlers and teens.
Each gift for readers and writers is inspired by well-known male authors.
Scroll through to pick the perfect present for every name on your list. As you search through these cool gift ideas, keep your eyes open for exciting BONUS suggestions for curating your own awesome gift sets!
Box Sets & Books for Adults
C. S. Lewis Signature Classics Box Set | by Clive Staples Lewis — Gift an older teen or adult with this set of 8 foundational spiritual works by one of the most beloved authors of our time.
BONUS: Pair it with a children’s set! The Chronicles of Narnia 8-Book Box Set tells the adventurous tales of the magical land of Narnia and its immortal inhabitants. The Narnia books were favorite read-alouds in our family!
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, & The Jedi Doth Return — Picture the Star Wars saga reimagined as an Elizabethan drama! This hardcover book would make a unique gift for fans of both Star Wars and The Bard! | inspired by William Shakespeare
Aesop’s Illustrated Fables (Leatherbound Classic)| by Aesop — This gorgeous book, beautifully illustrated book would make a lovely gift for both children and adults.
BONUS: Pair it with fairy tales! Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales (Leatherbound Classic) — The whole family will cherish Andersen’s best-loved fairy tales, including “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelina,” “The Princess on the Pea,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Box Sets & Books for Kids
Moby-Dick: An Ocean Primer | inspired by Herman Melville — I adore all of the Baby Lit books, which cleverly teach colors, sounds, manners, and more. With classic literature as its theme, each book is baby-friendly and fun for parents and grandparents as well. In Moby-Dick, Little Master Melville teaches about the language of the sea.
Winnie-the-Pooh’s Giant Lift-the-Flap Book | by A. A. Milne — Who doesn’t love the sweet and carefree stories of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends? Little ones will love lifting the flap to see who is hiding!
BONUS: Pair it with a stuffed animal! Classic Piglet or Classic Winnie-the-Pooh | Inspired by A. A. Milne — Children love to cuddle with a favorite stuffed toy at bedtime. Introduce your children to these classic characters and watch the magic happen!
Elephant & Piggie: Complete 25-Title Collection | by Mo Willems — My grandson has adored Elephant and Piggie, both as read-aloud bedtime stories and eventually as early readers he could decode for himself. If your kids haven’t met these wonderful characters, this set is a great way to introduce them to the whole series.
BONUS: Pair it with bookends! This pair of adorable Elephant and Piggie bookends is perfect for displaying the book set.
E. B. White Box Set of beloved children’s classics | by E. B. White — Our set got pretty thrashed over the years as kids and grandkids took their turns devouring the classic stories of Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little.
BONUS: Pair it with DVDs! E. B. White Classics Collection 6-Movie Set brings the beloved tales to life!
Hilarious Whoppsy-Whiffling Joke Book | by Roald Dahl — Inspired by the author’s wonderful world, this book contains hundreds of great jokes that would even get a laugh from Aunts Spiker and Sponge!
BONUS: Pair it with a kids’ cookbook! How about Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes? You’re favorite Dahl fan will find easy, step-by-step recipes that range from the delectable to the disgusting!
Best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5-book set) | by Rick Riordan — First-time readers and avid fans alike will be thrilled to receive this popular saga that follows Percy’s adventures with Greek gods and monsters.
BONUS: Pair it with a T-shirt! Kids will love Percy’s Camp Half-Blood T-shirt (youth sizes, assorted colors). Ideal for boys or girls who are fans of Percy Jackson and Greek mythology.
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Stylized graphic Moby-Dick T-shirt for women, men, & kids| inspired by Herman Melville — The whimsical design is wearable art at its best!
BONUS: Pair it with a book! Tuck the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville inside the T-shirt and wrap it up as a gift!
Elephant & Piggie child’s T-shirt | inspired by Mo Willems — Elephant and Piggie fun of the wearable kind, from Out of Print Books.
BONUS: Pair it with a book! Choose from many delightful Elephant and Piggie books to make reading time even more fun!
The Raven men’s T-shirt | inspired by Edgar Allan Poe — Here’s a unique gift for English teachers, writers, literature lovers, poets, librarians, or fans of gothic Poe! The shirt comes in different colors and in men’s and women’s styles.
BONUS: Pair it with a book! The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe make a spooky accompaniment.
The Princess Bride Infinity Scarf | inspired by William Goldman — Grab one for the lady in your life who loves to quote The Princess Bride! Each scarf is hand-pressed to order.
BONUS: Pair it with a book! The Princess Bride Deluxe Gift Edition — If you’re like me, you didn’t even know there WAS a book. William Goldman adapted his own novel for the screen. If you love the movie, you’ll love the book!
DVD collection of 5 Hemingway Classics | Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novels, the DVD set includes great films such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro and A Farewell to Arms.
BONUS: Pair it with socks! Conversation-starting Women’s socks with Hemingway quote: “There is no friend as loyal as a book”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s | inspired by Truman Capote — Before chick flicks were a thing, there was Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
The Maltese Falcon | inspired by Dashiell Hammett — Film noir fans will appreciate a gift of classic film. This one finds Sam Spade desperately searching for the jeweled falcon of Malta—and whoever killed his partner.
BONUS: Pair it with the book! The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett — In this riveting novel, the reader will journey with hard-boiled detective Sam Spade as he unravels the truth about his newest client.
Academy-Award-Winning Camelot in DVD| inspired by Thomas Malory — Lerner and Loewe’s sweeping film adaption of Camelot brings the Arthurian romance to life with magnificent musical scores and stellar acting.
BONUS: Pair it with puzzles! Knights of the Round Table Puzzle Quest — Experience hours of puzzle-solving fun in this beautifully illustrated Arthurian-themed riddles and puzzles.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Apple Playset (age 0+) | inspired by Eric Carle — Babies will love to explore colors, textures, and sounds as they play with fruits that crinkle, squeak and jingle!
BONUS: Pair it with a book! The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book is a 50-year-old children’s classic that takes this little friend on a foodie’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly.
King Arthur Paper Dolls | inspired by Thomas Malory — I loved paper dolls as a little girl! Delight a child on your gift list with scenes of Camelot and the Arthurian legends. They come to life in this book of beautiful paper-doll art, which includes extra costumes and even backdrops!
BONUS: Pair it with a book! The Usborne Illustrated Tales of King Arthur will delight children and tweens with its child-friendly tales of the fabled Knights of the Round Table.
The Brothers Grimm Magnetic Poetry Kit | inspired by The Brothers Grimm — Here’s a fun gift for anyone who loves dark fairy tales!
Add The Poet Edition for even more essential magnetic words for your refrigerator!
BONUS: Pair it with a board game! Grimm Forest lighthearted, fairy-tale-inspired family game for ages 13+. Players try to outwit their friends by becoming the first to build three houses in the Grimm Forest!
The Lord of the Rings 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle | inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien — Challenging but not impossible, this puzzle features a beautiful collage of scenes from Middle Earth. Puzzle-loving family members and friends will enjoy hours of entertainment!
BONUS: Pair it with a board game! The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor — Experience the hobbits’ adventures in this fast-paced, push-your-luck dice game for ages 6+. Who will be the first to reach Mount Doom?
Journey to the Center of the Earth board game | inspired by Jules Verne — Heroes from Jules Verne’s steampunk novel take a journey of danger, discovery and fortune as they descend deep into the heart of the earth. Ages 10+.
BONUS: Pair it with a book! Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne — Everyone will enjoy this modern translation with original illustrations!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sticky Notes Booklet | inspired by L. Frank Baum — Looking for a literary stocking stuffer? This pack of themed sticky notes make a unique little gift!
BONUS: Pair it with a wall calendar! Fans of the 1939 film will love this gorgeous The Wizard of Oz 2020 Calendar.
BONUS: Pair it with a candle! | inspired by Lewis Carroll — This “We’re All Mad Here” soy candle Smelling deliciously of Earl Grey tea and fragrant almond cakes, this candle invokes the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Insulated stainless steel travel tumbler | inspired by Mark Twain — Featuring a delightful Mark Twain quote, this leak-proof and spill-proof, this double-insulated tumbler keeps drinks hot or cold for up to 12 hours.
BONUS: Pair it with a journal! Mark Twain was a keen observer who filled notebooks with book ideas, character names, and anecdotes. Twain fans and aspiring writers on your gift list will appreciate the quotes and witty sayings that punctuate the pages of this beautifully crafted journaling notebook.
Where’s Will? Seek & Find | inspired by William Shakespeare — For a literary take on Where’s Waldo, give this fun book to fans of the bard! Can they find Mr. Shakespeare and some of the colorful characters from his plays?
BONUS: Pair it with a page-a-day calendar! Shakespearean insults 2020 Calendar — Amuse your theater pals, literature lovers, and Anglophiles! Each page of this calendar features a clever jab or piercing insult from one of Shakespeare’s plays.
Engraved Compass with Leather Case | inspired by Henry David Thoreau — Featuring one of the poet’s quotes, this solid-brass compass comes in a stamped leather case. A great gift for Dad or Grandpa!
BONUS: Pair it with stationery! Thoreau Note Cards, bearing some of his most famous quotes.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these awesome gift ideas for every book lover! Come back to this gift guide again and again—any time you’re looking for a special holiday, birthday, or just-because gift. And make sure to visit our Perfect Gift Guide Inspired by Female Authors. Happy shopping!