The Best Bookish Gifts for Last-Minute Shoppers

Don’t panic! Here’s a gift guide of convenient bookish gifts you can purchase at the eleventh hour.

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Need some last-minute gift ideas for your bookish family or friends? We have you covered, and by last-minute, we really mean last-minute. This list has express shipping and in-person shopping only. For some easy, affordable, and thoughtful suggestions, read below!

Help Them Track Their Reading

Run to your closest Barnes & Noble to pick up a journal for your favorite book nerd. We recommend A Clockwork Reader, specially crafted by Hannah Azerang, a YouTube content creator passionate about books. The notebook includes specialized pages to jot down your thoughts about 100 books and spots to keep track of your favorite quotes. If you can’t snag it in person, Barnes & Noble offers express shipping.

A Clockwork Reader by Hannah Azerang book cover. Green journal cover with gold leaf design.

Give Them A Literary Coloring Book

If the reader in your life is anything like us, they’ll appreciate a cozy night in with a creative activity–including coloring books. Target carries an absolute hidden gem, Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay. Delve into the world of the Gothic, with ravens, cats, tell-tale-hearts, and other classic Poe motifs all while coloring!

Black and red Edgar Allan Poe coloring book with gothic typeface in white.

Personalize A Pen

For the reader who likes to write, whether annotating in the margins or drafting to their heart’s content, Scriveiner has customizable ballpoint pens on Amazon. You can pick a finish and color best suited to their personality. If you have Amazon Prime, you can receive the delivery as fast as 24 hours.

Shiny silver and gold pen in a Scriveiner case.

Invest In An E-Reader

You’re either a physical book person or an e-book reader. If the person you’re shopping for has a cracked screen, is reading from their phone, or is in desperate need of an upgrade, try looking at Best Buy. The 2022 Kindle E-reader is available in person at most locations at a fair price point. You can walk in and out in minutes, checking off that last gift on your holiday list.

Sample image of Kindle e-reader tablet in gray with chapter 1 on the display.

Bundle A Few Bookmarks

If all else fails, try putting together a bookmark bundle. You know the person you’re shopping for best, but you can’t get it wrong if you pick out four or five to bundle together. Bookmarks are available at any major retailer with a stationary section, but feel free to browse Barnes & Noble to get a sense of all there is to choose from. There are bookmarks decorated with iconic book series, personalized names, specific aesthetics, and any style you can imagine.

Three bookmarks photoshopped in front of a book. One is a teal gradient, one is pink with white doodles on it, and the last has an orange flower with the quote: "read. know. grow."

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