20 Under 20: Bookish Treats for Your Holiday Gift Exchange

20 Under 20: Bookish Treats for Your Holiday Gift Exchange


Holiday gift exchanges are a time-honored tradition, and here at Bookish, we love finding the perfect trinkets and inexpensive gifts for all of our friends. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts under $20 for people who love all things literary. Whether you’re in the market for coasters, shot glasses, or just some chocolate frogs, there are gift ideas here to meet all of your holiday gift exchange needs.

We’ve always thought that books and booze pair quite nicely.


Stash your valuables in this literary safe. Just don’t try to look up any words!

These treats will transport you to the Hogwarts Express. Not into candy amphibians? Check out these chocolate books instead.

It’s not drinking alone if your favorite author is emblazoned on your shot glass.

This action figure’s powers include super-speedy book shelving and mastery of the Dewey Decimal System.

Your message won’t get scrambled with these bookish coasters.

This note dispenser is perfect for your friend who loves antiques.

These cute lunch boxes will have you saying “book appetit!”

Everyone at your holiday gift exchange will hope they are the lucky recipient of this popular 2017 book.


This mug will encourage its owner to get in touch with his or her inner reader.

If you love Peter Benchley’s Jaws, then reaching into this bowl will be harrowing but fun.

We all have authors we worship. This is perfect for the Judy Blume fan in your life.

Some say puns are the lowest form of wit, but we completely disagree.

A scented candle that also has some serious literary cred? Sign us up.


Give the gift of adorable shelves with these bookends.

This card catalog is a great way to get organized in a stylish way.

Everyone at your gift exchange will fight for a copy of this buzzy book.

Defy gravity with this amazing floating shelf.

This retro lightbox is a great way to express yourself.

Any reader will love puzzling through this bookish jigsaw.

Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth was an American Studies major at Georgetown University, and is currently getting her MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University. She spends entirely too much time and money at the Strand, where she once saw Daniel Radcliffe. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


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