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Gifts for the Book Lover

Literary Wonders


We all have that one friend or family member who is always reading a book. But what do you get for the book lover that’s not a new paperback or hardcover? This holiday season, we’ve rounded up the 10 best gifts (including several local Texas picks) that will surprise the biggest bookworms in your life.


Leatherology Book Weight, $30

Impress your book-loving friend or family member with this classy leather book weight from Dallas-based Leatherology. Available in nine colors (from classic brown or black to bright red), the weight is heavy enough to hold open a textbook. You can also add a personal touch by getting it monogrammed.

A Gift Card to Interabang Books, Deep Vellum, Poets Bookshop, or Wild Detectives

You can never go wrong with a gift card — especially for a new read from a favorite local bookstore. Dallas shop Interabang Books offers everything from Pulitzer Prize winners to brand new releases, while Deep Vellum sells (and also publishes) a lot of local authors’ works. In Bishop Arts, Poets Bookshop and Wild Detectives have a little bit of everything.

– Poets 

– Deep Vellum

– Wild Detectives

Houston’s Murder by the Box

Houston shop Murder by the Book also offers its own Murder by the Box subscription service for murder-mystery lovers. There are three options that can be shipped directly to your recipient’s home. Option one is Best of the Month — a new signed hardcover. Option two is two Crime Fiction Legends trade paperbacks each month. And lastly, you can opt for the mass-market paperback which is more of a traditional, cozy mystery read. Subscriptions start at $40 to $99 for three months depending on which option you choose.

Library Books Puzzle at Archer Paper Goods, $22

Give your book-loving friend something to do besides read all the time with this Vintage Library Books Puzzle from Dallas shop Archer Paper Goods. The 1,000-piece puzzle also comes with a bag for storing.

Stone bookend by Sweet Subtle Pretty, $12-18

For those obsessed with displaying their book collection in an aesthetically pleasing way, this stone bookend from Sweet Subtle Pretty at Dallas’ Mosaic Makers Collective is a great addition to the at-home library.

Book Club Candle, $38

The avid reader loves good ambiance and what better way to set the scene than a Book Club-themed candle from homesick. With scents of orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, sandalwood, and more, the Book Club Candle is a cozy (and delicious-smelling) gift.

Leatherology book weight
Murder by the Box
Murder By the Box
Murder By the Book
Vintage Puzzle
Vintage Puzzle
Archer Paper Goods
Stone Bookends
Sweet Subtle Pretty
Book Club candle
Book Club Candle

Leather Journal from Favor the Kind, $46

This leather journal is a great gift for a book lover to jot down their notes and thoughts. Available at Dallas shop Favor the Kind, journals come with a Jack Kerouac or Joseph Campbell quote on the front.

MeUndies Open Up to Me Cardigan, $58

What better way for a book lover to stay cozy than with a MeUndies cardigan covered in books? The Open Up to Me Modal Cocoon Cardigan is super soft, oversized, and the perfect attire to lounge with a good read.

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle, $7.39

For the book lover and cocktail connoisseur, this cocktail-making book is the perfect hybrid gift. From The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose to Romeo and Julep, you’ll learn how to make 65 drinks paired with commentary on history’s most beloved novels. The book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and fun illustrations.

A Cozy Throw Blanket from Katydid, $38

Snuggle up with a good book and this cozy sherpa blanket from a local maker, Katydid. Her creations can also be found at Bishop Arts’ Mosaic Makers Collective. Options include red plaid, rainbow, blue plaid, and more.

Leather journal
Leather Journal
Favor the Kind
Open Up to Me Cardigan
Open Up to Me Cardigan
Tequila Mockingbird
Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
Tequila Mockingbird
A cozy throw blanket from Katydid
Cozy Throw Blanket

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