21 Gifts Ideas for a Bookworm’s 21st

January 9, 2016 Discussion 55

My 21st birthday just passed. It hasn’t hit me yet but it did.  I got some great presents, though it was a struggle to come up with what to ask for. To help avoid such problems for other bookworms in the future, I’ve made a list of presents that I think would be awesome to receive!


It’s true when they say one can’t have enough bookmarks. You never know when you’re going to decide to read 10 books at once and really need to have spares at the ready. Just in case.

2. Fanart

love looking at fanart of my favourite characters. LOVE it. I would never turn down a print or something that had my favourite characters depicted on it. They would make great decoration for my room.

3. Typography

Yet another thing I would love as decoration around my room, on my laptop, anywhere really. Especially if it was beautiful typography of my favourite quotes.

4. Bookshelves

Bookworms are always in need of new bookshelves. Always. These can be an expensive present, but a 21st is a big birthday. If you wanted to make it an extra special gift, you could build it to their exact specifications/dreams.

5. Reading lamp

This was actually one of the things I asked for my 21st! Sometimes having the overhead lights on for reading is just too much. Reading lamps are great because they provide a lower level of light but are still bright enough to stop us destroying our eyes further. Plus there are some really cool looking lamps out there.


6. Bookish T-Shirts

I’m too awkward to shout my favourite books to everyone I pass in public, but I will wear a t-shirt featuring famous quotes or elements from the book covers and stuff. Those shirts are cool.

7. Tote bags

Bookworms are always carrying books to and fro. Of course we need bags to carry them in. A dedicated book bag with a cool bookish print or something is 1000% better than any random bag.

8. Gift voucher

This is a good idea for the picky bookworms. Give them a gift voucher to somewhere with some money and they can buy whatever bookish items they please.

9. Biscuits and tea

Long reading days require appropriate snacks, and tea and biscuits go really well with books. There are even book themed recipes out there that would be fun to try, but bookworms are too busy reading to discover such things.

10. Mugs for all the tea

Tea requires mugs. Seize this opportunity and buy some mugs with book things on them. They will become a bookworm’s favourite mugs I promise.


11. Camera for books

Staring at pictures of books is almost as good at staring at your own books in person. Such beauty needs to be shared with the world. A nice camera to take pictures with can go a long way.

12. Good lighting for photos

With the number of bookshelves some bookworms have, natural light doesn’t always reach the areas we need it to show of the books best. I’d kill for some good artificial lights if I ever got my hands on a proper camera.

13. Plush dolls of their favourite characters

How cute would these be! I own little chibi dolls of anime characters, but imagine having physical manifestations of book characters to display on your bookshelves next to the books!

14. Maps of their favourite fictional worlds

Why would anyone paint a map of Earth on their wall when you could put up a fictional land? It doesn’t even have to go on a poster/wall. They sell maps on dresses and leggings and things now!

15. Bookends

Bookworm buying habits have an inevitable side effect of not all books fitting on the bookshelves. Or if a new bookshelf has been purchases, there may not be enough books yet to adequately fill it. Book ends help contain the overflow and also can look really cool.


16. Book inspired jewellery

Just like the t-shirts, it’s fun to show off your bookish loves in jewellery form! You can get mini book necklaces, bracelets with quotes or symbolic pieces, so many things! Sometimes you can even buy replicas of jewellery worn by the book characters themselves!

17. Stamps

Defacing books is one of my fears, but I’ve seen those personalised stamps you can buy to mark your precious books as your own. Those things are cool and have a nice, personal touch.

18. Reading journal

Sure we can rely on Goodreads to keep track of all the books we’ve read, but there’s nothing like writing it down on paper in a dedicated place. This journal could keep track of favourite quotes, scenes, moments, and many other things. And you could colour code it and decorate it however you like.

19. Comfy reading chair

A nice, comfortable reading location where you can sit for hours on end is of high priority. Right now I read while on my bed, which is okay but not ideal if you wanted good back support. One of the presents I’m receiving for christmas (if my parents remember) is a beanbag.

20. Build them their own library/reading room

Some bookworms can read anywhere, and I really envy those people. For me to sink into a book I have to be away from other people (they’re distracting) and it has to be relatively quiet. The ultimate present for any bookworm would be to have an entire soundproofed room set aside for them to read and store their books in.

21. Books

The fail safe present and one they’re sure to really appreciate. In fact books were exactly what I asked for. 21 of them to be specific.

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What present(s) would you give a bookworm?

What did you get for your 21st? Or if you’re not there yet, what would you like as a 21st present?


55 Responses to “21 Gifts Ideas for a Bookworm’s 21st”

    • Bec

      I keep forgetting I have a new lamp now and always get halfway up to turning off the light before I remember it’s not on haha. It’s super useful!

    • Bec

      Jay Jays is getting good with there character/pop culture tees but they really only stick to the really popular things :( Plus half the shirts I want are in the men’s section *shakes fist* I find Redbubble is really good for graphic tees! And Teeturtle has some cool designs as well :D

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    You got such lovely books for your 21st Bec, I’m still not over it :D

    I can’t even begin to pick favourites out of the gift ideas you listed here because I love them all and I want them all LOL! Fanart, Typography, Book inspired jewlery, library/reading room, reading chair, reading journal and stamps are all really unique, I just love it! I actually got super heavy quarts bookends from my mom one year and their the best <3 Mugs for all the tea + tea and biscuits is always great and even though I have tons of bookish/fandom t-shirts, I always want more haha! Lovely post^^
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    • Bec

      I did get some good books! I wonder how long it will take me to read them all haha.

      There’s always room for more fandom shirts and prints!

    • Bec

      I did have a pretty good day, thanks! Their lack of understanding is why we must provide them with detailed lists haha

  2. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    This post is perfect! Everything on the list is perfect! My birthday is coming up soon, and can I just say, I WANT EVERYSINGLE THING THERE! All of it is 100% accurate. Any bookworm would give their soul for at least one of those items, or at least I would! This list is super helpful as it gives me some great ideas of what to ask for when my own birthday rolls around!
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  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    EEEEEP BOOKS. <3 (Also happy 21st!! :D) I also love how there are so many bookish present options and like if one gets on etsy or Society6…gAH. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO BUY. I would love a huge map of Middle Earth on my wall. :') Or Narnia. For childhood reminiscent reasons. ;) I used to have a beanbag but then I got a dog and my dog was more interested in attacking the beanbag which made it hard to read. -_- BUT THEY STILL ARE COMFY THINGS.
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    • Bec

      Thank you! Etsy and Society 6 have so many awesome creators. The options are so amazing!

      Animals do seem to like to attack beanbags. They’re so rude.

  4. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    First off, HAPPY BELATED 21st lovely girl!! did you have a big celebration? :)

    Omgosh that book lamp is beautiful! I would love one for my birthday too. I definitely need more bookish mugs, and those owl bookends are so cute! But lets be honest, I’ll be happy with just more books ;)

    • Bec

      Thank you! I didn’t have a big celebration because I’m not one for parties. Just had a small gathering with a few of my friends and family :)

      That’s my lamp at uni! It’s not a bad little lamp. And the bookends were a random find of my mum’s and possibly the best surprise gift she’s ever bought me XD

  5. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    Ahh, THIS POST! So many amazing things, literally going to send this list to all of my family and friends hahaha. I LOVE mugs, I currently have one that says “I’d rather be reading” that I use at work – I’m rebellious like that xD I’m also going to need a new bookshelf and bookends soon… Hmm! Amazing post! <3
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  6. Leah @Heart Full of Ink

    Oh my goodness, I love the idea of giving someone 21 books for their 21st birthday! I’m going to look back at this list when someone asks me what I want for my birthday or Christmas. Usually, I just ask for a gift card to buy books, but I like the idea of a lamp, fanart, totes, etc.
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    • Bec

      It was the best idea I’ve ever had! And surprisingly hard to keep to just 21 books. It’s less books than you’d realise. I surprisingly have never received that many gift cards.

  7. Wattle

    There’s some great ideas in this post Bec! :D I also love fanart and typography, although I don’t have an awful lot of room on my walls at the moment. We’ve joked about building a granny flat and turning it into a library, it’s nice to dream!
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    • Bec

      Thanks! It would be amazing to turn a house into a library one day. One day I’d love walls filled with books and book posters.

  8. Sarah J.

    I love your gift ideas! Each of them are so thought out and I really love those owl bookends! Absolutely adorable! I want some bookends, but I’m so picky about what I would put on my shelf. I also love the idea of the getting the number of books as a gift for how old you turn. That’s such a great idea! Happy belated birthday!
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    • Bec

      Yay! The owl bookends were a random purchase Mum made for me last year :D I love them so much!

      Thank you!

  9. peach @ rebelle reads


    Bookshelves are always a definite. Bookmarks, too. Folding pages is sinful. Biscuits and tea sounds so lovely! AND MUGS. (I feel like I’m just fangirling all over this post like a maniac. Because of the obvious truth.) I really want plushies, too. Like, Pokémon or Sailor Moon ones.

    Again: YES TO ALL OF THIS.
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  10. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    Happy belated birthday Bec! These are all awesome presents to give to someone who loves books! I actually asked for a bookshelf for my birthday last year :D It was the best gift ever. I would really love to get either a comfy chair, bookmarks, or giftcards this year :D

    • Bec

      Thank you! Bookshelf will probably be what I ask for next, but right now I have nowhere to put it :( Gift cards are also super useful.

    • Bec

      Thank you! I had a pretty good birthday. Got to spend it reading books all day so I can’t complain haha

    • Bec

      I’m full of good ideas XD I really need to get reading them soon! Next present I ask for will be a bookshelf haha

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