The 6 best gifts to buy for the readers and book lovers in your life

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We all have that friend or loved one who, no matter how hard they try, can’t escape the grip of a good book. Whether you’re actually that person or know someone who fits that profile, this gift guide is sure to make shopping so much easier this holiday season.

If you’re searching for the best gift for an avid reader or book lover, this list features items they’d love like a Kindle e-reader, leather and crystal bookmarks, bookstore gift cards and even the best book of 2021.

Take a look at each pick in more detail below.

1. Kindle With Built-In Front Light, $54.99 (Orig. $89.99)

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An e-reader is a perfect way to enjoy a good book while remaining sustainable and avoiding clutter, and it’s no secret that the Kindle is the best option on the market.

The most recent and affordable Kindle With Built-In Front Light is currently on sale for just $54.99. It has a glare-free display for easy reading in bright areas and also comes with 8GB of storage. With this large capacity, you can have thousands of titles on hand in one compact package.

Best of all, if you order today, it will arrive at your doorstep before Christmas.

2. The Lincoln Highway: A Novel By Amor Towles, $18.27 (Orig. $30)

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Amazon recently unveiled its coveted “Best Books of 2021” list, curated by Amazon book editors, and Amor Towles’ novel, The Lincoln Highway, grabbed the top spot.

The editors and critics loved this book so much that they even dubbed it “one of the best novels of this decade.” Al Woodworth of the Amazon Book Review said the book is “filled with 1950s nostalgia and the gentle naivete and hijinks of those who are young, optimistic and on a mission.”

“We just couldn’t stop talking about it,” Amazon editors added. “The four main characters’ sense of innocence felt like the hope we needed as we end this year.”

3. Gift Card, $10 to $1,000


If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys supporting local bookstores, this Bookshop gift card is the perfect present. Unlike larger and more widely franchised book retailers, Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

Bookshop gives away over 75% of its profit margin to stores, publications, authors and others who make up the culture around books and reading. Currently, the brand has raised over $18 million for local bookstores!

Also, what’s even better about this Bookshop digital gift card is that it never expires, so the recipient doesn’t have to feel rushed to choose from the millions of available titles.

4. Barnes & Noble Gift Card, $10 to $350

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Barnes & Noble is arguably America’s leading authority in book retail. In fact, it’s the internet’s largest bookstore — ever. The well-known brand stocks over a million titles for immediate delivery across the United States, so snagging a B&N gift card for the book lover in your life would definitely be appreciated.

Also, choose from a bunch of different designs and themes to spruce up your gift card. Some of them include holiday, birthday, kids, appreciation, teacher and graduation themes.

5. Toirxarn Metal Feather Bookmark With 3D Butterfly Pendant, $12.99

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If you’re shopping for a purist who swears by reading only physical books, this handmade metal feather bookmark, complete with a 3D butterfly pendant, is the perfect thoughtful gift.

This affordable embellished bookmark comes beautifully packaged in a hard gift box, so no wrapping is necessary. Also, it’s decorated with rhinestones and a real flower inside the bead. The flower types vary depending on which of the 11 styles you choose.

6. Leather Handmade Bookmarks (2-Pack), $13.95 (Orig. $14.95)

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Lastly, nothing beats a high-quality leather bookmark. Most paper bookmarks tend to wear and tear over time and constantly have to be replaced and repurchased. However, these genuine leather bookmarks only get better with time. As you use them, they develop a beautiful patina that’s unique to the user.

Also, this affordable best seller comes in a set of two, giving you more bang for your buck.

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