Perfect Pairings: Books and Literary Gifts for Your Favorite Reader

Perfect Pairings: Books and Literary Gifts for Your Favorite Reader


Shopping for the reader who has everything? We’ve got you covered. Here, we’ve paired books and box sets with literature-inspired gifts. Your reader will be ecstatic, and you’ll look incredibly thoughtful. Win win.

Jamie Fraser is returning next spring, but for the Outlander-obsessed reader, that isn’t soon enough. Let your bookworm show off their love of Diana Gabaldon’s novel with this gorgeous tee from Litographs, and a coloring book filled with images inspired by the Starz TV show. These gifts are perfect for the reader who has taken to wandering around standing stones hoping to be whisked away to the past.


Jim Kay’s illustrated Sorcerer’s Stone is the closest Harry Potter fans can come to reading the series over again for the very first time. This is a must-have for fans, and we’ve paired it with a sorcerer’s stone necklace to remind your reader of where it all began.


If your reader trusts Oprah above all else, then this gift off of her 2015 Favorite Things list is the way to go. It’s a stunning collection of African American literature that features Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, Toni Morrison, and Maya Angelou. These tights inspired by Angelou’s “Still I Rise” ensure that your reader will keep those powerful words on him or her at all times.


Does your reader keep listening to the live recording of The Wiz? Own a pair of ruby red slippers? Have a tendency to cackle like a witch? Look no further than this collectible edition of the first two books in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years series: Wicked and Son of a Witch. Top the gift off with a Wicked Witch of the East bookmark from Etsy.


We are obsessed with Picador’s modern classics collection, and we know your favorite reader will be too. Stuff these tiny books into a stocking and hang this paper wreath with care to complete your literary holiday.

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For the modernist, a copy of Adeline is ideal. It’s a novelization of Virginia Woolf’s final years and features other members of the Bloomsbury group, including T.S. Eliot and Lytton Strachey. Pair it with a framed print that captures one of Woolf’s most memorable quotes.


A trip to New Zealand is expensive. If you’re on a budget, give your Tolkien-obsessed reader The Tolkien Treasury, a collection of four magical stories from the famous author. Pair with a doormat to remind your reader of Middle Earth every time he or she leaves on an adventure.


This is the perfect gift for readers who appreciate strong and feisty heroines. The Puffin in Bloom collection features stunning covers of classic books, and readers will love toting those titles around in this Anne of Green Gables bag.


If your reader is already planning a trip to BookCon 2016, a copy of A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is necessary. Pair it with a print that immortalizes, what else, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.


If you know a reader whose copy of To Kill a Mockingbird is looking a little shabby, give them the gift of this hardcover box set that includes Go Set a Watchman. This necklace that evokes the friendship between Scout and Boo Radley is the perfect final touch.


Do you have a scoundrel in your life? That reader might enjoy the illustrated Robin Hood. We’ve matched it with an arrow cuff, naturally, though a sack of gold stolen from a rich and corrupt prince would also compliment it nicely.

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This tea party set from Saks Fifth Avenue might be expensive, but it’ll win you a lifetime of brownie points from any Alice in Wonderland fan. Top the gift off with The Complete Alice, released earlier this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary.


Creating the perfect man from spare body parts might be impossible, but creating the perfect Mary Shelley-inspired shirt is easy for Etsy seller TheAffair. We think it compliments the hardcover book nicely.


If you couldn’t get tickets to Aladdin on Broadway, give the gift of the original tale. This leather bound copy of The Arabian Nights is sure to keep any Shahrazad-in-training busy. And what is a Queen without her jewels? Pair with this elegant golden necklace.


This leather bound copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales is appropriately creepy and ideal for a reader who has found themselves addicted to fairy tale retellings like Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles and Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn. If your reader is also an aspiring writer, this journal makes the perfect addition.

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Cumberbabes (those are fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, for those not in the know) will go wild for this silhouette ornament, which captures the likeness of Cumberbatch in his best-known role: Sherlock Holmes. The ornament isn’t complete without the Sherlock Chronicles, a must-have insider guide for any fan of the BBC hit show.


Never go out of style with Eatymology, a dictionary of all of the latest terms and trends in food—perfect for the reader who spends more time with cookbooks than novels. And this Romeo and Julienne cutting board is ideal for trying out all those new recipes.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.


  1. all the prizes are awesome, hope i can win some. thanks for the opportunity .Greetings from Puerto Rico.

  2. I would love to win for myself. Summer time is coming up & that means lots of reading at the beach! Thank you!

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