The 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers: Presents Under $20

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The 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers: Presents Under $20

What do you buy for the bibliophile who has an overflowing bookshelf? Paste has you covered with 11 creative gift ideas for book lovers. From literary rocks glasses to katana bookends, these presents are sure to delight the readers in your life. And with price tags under $20, they won’t break the bank this holiday season.

For more fun gift ideas for readers, check out our gift guide with items over $20 and our Star Wars-themed gift guide.

Vintage Book Cover Print

These gorgeous prints from CartabanCards feature a book cover printed on an antique encyclopedia page, offering a great way to spruce up the ol' library. The vendor has 500+ cover options, including classics like Moby Dick and contemporary titles like The Fault in Our Stars. (Etsy: $8.59)

Literary Rocks Glass

Where boozing and reading meet: Check out these 11 oz. rocks glasses inscribed with the first lines of famous books. Hamlet? Don Quixote? Jane Eyre? You got it. (Etsy: $13)

Novel Bookmark Set

A bookmark may sound like an unoriginal gift for the reader in your life—believe us, we know. But these themed collections of stainless steel bookmarks add charm to every page. Each set boasts 12 unique designs in a cute tin, and you can choose from four themes: Anne of Green Gables, Moby Dick, Le Tour du Monde en 80 Jours (Around the World in 80 Days), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (MochiThings: $9.99)

Melville House Bartleby Bag

There's no better way to show off your literary ennui—and your solidarity with Bartleby the Scrivener, the coolest literary rebel of all time—than with this tote from Melville House. The Brooklyn-based indie publisher has a sense of humor, as evidenced by their list of things you can carry in the bag:
A waffle iron
16 flutes
Seven squirrels
(Melville House: $12)

Romeo and/or Juliet

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? Anything goes in Romeo and/or Juliet, Ryan North's hilarious choose-your-own-path adventure book with 100+ endings and illustrations. You can read it solo or go through the narratives with friends; either way, it provides hours of entertainment. And if you love it, check out North's Hamlet adventure book as well. (Amazon: $11.90)

Katana Bookends

These magnetic bookends from Mustard and Co. make it appear like you've skewered your books with a katana! It works best with a paperback at either end (so the magnets can work), and the plastic blade ensures it's safe for households with kids. (Amazon: $16.11)

Mini Typewriter Notes

Perfect for the nostalgic note-taker, this adorable box-o-notes mimics a typewriter. You can even pull a fresh sheet out of a slot on the top! (Chronicle Books: $12.95)

Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover

Edited by Penguin Creative Director Paul Buckley, Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover delivers 288 pages of literary eye candy. Both bibliophiles and design buffs will be enthralled by the book, which features hundreds of stunning covers paired with commentary by the artists. Topped off with gorgeous, inventive layouts by Matt Vee, this tome is a must-have for book lovers. (Amazon: $16.37)

Novel Teas

A great book + a cup of tea = the perfect pairing. Novel Teas takes this winning combination seriously, offering 25 teabags tagged with literary quotes. This gift is a bit pricey (each bag of black English Breakfast tea costs about 60 cents), but it's a fun treat for your well-read friend. (Amazon: $14.95)

Library Card Print

These prints from FolioCreations are a unique way to display your love for books. Designed to look like old library cards, they come in various sizes and 29 titles to choose from. (Etsy: $12 to $19)

Independent Bookstore Gift Card

With the convenience of online shopping, it's easy to forget how fun it is to visit a physical store. A trip to an independent bookstore will inspire tons of great ideas, and readers will embrace any excuse to spend an afternoon browsing shelves. Use this directory to find an independent bookstore near you.