Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

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Are you looking for gifts for book lovers that aren’t books? These are some of The Uncorked Librarian’s favorite bookish gifts paired with iconic authors and titles from childhood to adulthood. Find butterbeer tea, Shakespearean enamel pins, and funny bookish Fifty Shades spoofs.

Yet, this is not just another BLAH bookish gift list either.  Learn about TUL’s writing heroes and daily sources for inspiration.  Read more about infamous authors and books that leave imprints on your soul like footprints on the beach or wine stains on your lips.

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Ten Themed Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Dear Momma Claus, Daddy Tooth Fairy, Grandma Easter Bunny, Uncle Birthday Wish Fulfiller, Best Friend Anytime Of The Year You Wish To Shower Me With Gifts Giver:

This year, The Uncorked Librarian and her friends would like the following gifts for book lovers that aren’t books. Although, these bookish gifts paired with the actual book and a glass of wine are also perfectly acceptable. Oh, and a horse.

1. Roald Dahl Themed Gifts

Roald Dahl EarringsRoald Dahl CandlesRoald Dahl Book Bag

Looking back at my innocent childhood and days of Roald Dahl, my naïve and virgin eyes had no idea that Willy Wonka had causally murdered off greedy little children in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The cute and always dumbfounded Big Friendly Giant wasn’t a stereotype of no schooling but instead a misguided and large whimsical friend. The racial stereotypes in The BFG are not quite so…friendly (see my full critique here). Yet, who didn’t love James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches? While I will always struggle with the subtle, not always PC messaging throughout Roald Dahl’s writing, his sometimes crude and classic stories offer a magical escape for those in less fortunate worlds. The message of perseverance and kindness always breaks through. Those with large hearts come out on top.



2. Anthony Bourdain Themed Gifts

No Reservations Shirt
No Reservations Shirt
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Socks
Anthony Bourdain Socks
No Reservations Shirt
No Reservations Shirt
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Socks
Anthony Bourdain Socks
No Reservations Shirt
No Reservations Shirt
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Inspired Mixed Media
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Candle
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Quotes
Anthony Bourdain Socks
Anthony Bourdain Socks

Speaking of heart, mine is cracked into a thousand pieces with the untimely death of this well traveled and heartfelt soul. Anthony Bourdain shaped the course of my life and many others. He traveled with a unique eye that went right into the soul and core of what makes us human. That’s a heavy weight to witness and carry. As he traveled the world, Bourdain shared with viewers the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not to mention the yummy.

Before moving to Indonesia as a United States Fulbright, I watched all of his shows and devoured his books. Bourdain and Bryson inspired me to think critically, write sarcastically, and never forget the history of a place. People, relationships, and community are boss. From learning that one should not order fish on a Monday in Kitchen Confidential to seeing how food transcends language in A Cook’s Tour, I understood then as I do now that no one will ever compare to the greatness of Bourdain.

3. The Little Prince Themed Gifts 

The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Inspired Ring
The Little Prince Inspired Ring
The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Inspired Ring
The Little Prince Inspired Ring
The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Phone Cover
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Stamp
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Scarf
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Necklace
The Little Prince Inspired Ring
The Little Prince Inspired Ring

Connection to people and the world is everything to this uncorked traveler. Have you read my piece about whether or not you can go home again? When I travel around the world, I want to leave my mark and be remembered in a sisterly way.

Just like the Little Prince asks the fox if they can tame each other, I crave this relationship building:

For me you are only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me and I’ll be the only fox in the world for you…You see the wheat fields over there? I don’t eat bread. For me wheat is of no use whatever.   Wheat fields say nothing to me. Which is sad. But you have hair the color of gold. So it will be wonderful, once you’ve tamed me! The wheat, which is golden, will remind me of you. And I’ll love the sound of the wind in the wheat. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince exemplifies the lessons learned from Bourdain about how to travel and love. Like the messages I missed in Dahl’s work growing up, the little prince also has an implied tragic end much like Bourdain. Although slightly concerning for the wanderlust and possibly stricken soul, these restless and intuitive minds possess timeless messages of how to live and love in the world.  See the full book review of The Little Prince here.

4. Shakespeare Themed Gifts 

Shakespeare Enamel Book Pin
Shakespeare Enamel Book Pin
Shakespeare Tree Ornament
Shakespeare Tree Ornament
Shakespeare Journal
Shakespeare Journal
Shakespeare Scarf
Shakespeare Scarf
Shakespeare Pencils
Shakespeare Pencils
Shakespeare Tea
Shakespeare Tea
Shakespeare Cookie Cutters
Shakespeare Cookie Cutters
Shakespeare Enamel Book Pin
Shakespeare Enamel Book Pin
Shakespeare Tree Ornament
Shakespeare Tree Ornament
Shakespeare Journal
Shakespeare Journal
Shakespeare Scarf
Shakespeare Scarf
Shakespeare Pencils
Shakespeare Pencils
Shakespeare Tea
Shakespeare Tea
Shakespeare Cookie Cutters
Shakespeare Cookie Cutters

To buy or not to buy… What is your favorite Shakespearean play? I will always love the witches in Macbeth and the spritely humor of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. King Lear and his greed will never cease to amaze me, and I probably will forgo reading Romeo and Juliet for the 50th time since college and high school.

Yet, Shakespeare is a writer who captures the essence of the human soul. While writers like Bourdain and Bryson chose an entertainingly sardonic tone, this infamous writer adds an element of poetry and beauty in equally biting observations.



5. Harry Potter Themed Gifts

Harry Potter Wands
Harry Potter Wands
Harry Potter Key Holder
Harry Potter Key Holder
Harry Potter Lip Balm
Harry Potter Lip Balm
Harry Potter Butterbeer Tea
Harry Potter Butterbeer Tea
Harry Potter Coasters
Harry Potter Coasters
Harry Potter Bracelet
Harry Potter Bracelet
Harry Potter Pouch
Harry Potter Pouch
Harry Potter Wizard Scarves
Harry Potter Wizard Scarves
Harry Potter Hoodie
Harry Potter Hoodie
Harry Potter Glass
Harry Potter Glass
Harry Potter Bath Bombs
Harry Potter Bath Bombs
Harry Potter Wands
Harry Potter Wands
Harry Potter Key Holder
Harry Potter Key Holder
Harry Potter Lip Balm
Harry Potter Lip Balm
Harry Potter Butterbeer Tea
Harry Potter Butterbeer Tea
Harry Potter Coasters
Harry Potter Coasters
Harry Potter Bracelet
Harry Potter Bracelet
Harry Potter Pouch
Harry Potter Pouch
Harry Potter Wizard Scarves
Harry Potter Wizard Scarves
Harry Potter Hoodie
Harry Potter Hoodie
Harry Potter Glass
Harry Potter Glass
Harry Potter Bath Bombs
Harry Potter Bath Bombs

Ready for TUL to unleash a wild secret in the mist of this bookish inspiration? When I first picked up the Harry Potter series way back when, I couldn’t get past the third title. Yup. I stopped reading Harry Potter. GASP. Years later, after all of the insane hype, I started over during the snowy winter. I read all of the books and admittedly loved the story. Would I say that I am obsessed, though? No. But, I appreciate each novel, the world building, and what J.K. Rowling has given the world. If there has ever been a reading Renaissance, J.K Rowling caused it.

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6. Rainbow Rowell Themed Gifts

Eleanor and Park Cassette EarringsEleanor and Park BookmarksRainbow Rowell Fangirl Keychain

As I am writing up this list, TUL has realized that her soul is now under scrutiny too. I guess I love a little angst and truth. Hey, in vino veritas—the first phrase I learned in my Latin undergrad class.

Eleanor and Park is straightforward raw and sincere honesty. Remember Daria from MTV? I am getting pretty nostalgic. Rowell writes with a slower pace that encapsulates the morals of Bourdain, Dahl, and even Shakespeare into realistic fiction novels.  Fangirl will always be one of my Rowell favorites, and I still need to read Carry On.  Rowell also introduced me to the awesomely geeky world of fandoms.

7. A Discovery of Witches Themed Gifts

A Discovery of Witches CupA Discovery of Witches CandleA Discovery of Witches Mug

I cannot wait to watch the TV series for A Discovery of Witches. Full disclosure but I only read the first novel so far.  Time, man.  Time.  Deborah Harkness is indeed my grownup Harry Potter.  I love the mix of history, Charlaine Harris supernatural inter-species romance, and bookish witches. P.S. You can read my most popular post EVER on TUL about wickedly witchy books here. The post includes a review of A Discovery of Witches.

Along with this recommendation, I have to admit: reading an almost 600-page novel has become hard on this boozy book lover. Shameful, I know. Am I a product of my time with a technology-induced, shorter attention span? Maybe? Or am I too tapped out? That too. Anyone else find themselves getting book anxiety over any title longer than 350 pages?

8. The Handmaid’s Tale Themed Gifts

The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Bonnet
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Shirt
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Bracelet
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Pins
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses
The Handmaid’s Tale Glasses

The world is a scary place right now, at least in America. Politics, prejudices, elections, leaders, and the treatment of all non-white males have heads reeling. I honestly think all of this heartbreak and fear is why Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has become so popular, especially with the TV series. Disturbing and emotional, most of us cannot peel our eyes away. In fact, American society is dressing up like handmaids during protests. For me, this story is a stark reminder not to become complacent, to speak up, fight back, and to never give up hope.

9. Fifty Shades of Grey Themed Gifts

Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Tote Bag
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades Mask
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug
Fifty Shades of Grey Mug

Going from serious to fun, I just watched Book Club. Whether or not you choose to hate the Fifty Shades of Grey series, the story is iconic with the movies taking over Valentine’s Day for women across the world. I choose to love these books in a funny, light-hearted way.  I appreciate the controversy and passion they stir up, good and bad. Sexual meets successful. Laters, Baby.



10. Where’s Waldo?  Themed Gifts

Where Is Waldo? ShirtWhere is Waldo PillowWhere is Waldo Scarf

Where is The Uncorked Librarian? Soon: Germany and Belgium, baby! Personally, I love that Waldo got a dog, girlfriend, and entire community to find along with him. I grew up with these books and still guard them on my shelves. I could sit for hours looking for those classic red and white stripes.

As adults, we once made a drinking game out of finding Waldo, his socks, and the toaster oven. What I love is that Where’s Waldo still exists and his worlds show creative points in time. Our little downtown area in Central Florida hides Waldo in the boutique shops for kids to find while their family members are shopping. I hope Waldo will always be a part of our lives like Big Bird. He’s never really lost, is he?

Are You Ready To Spread The Bookish Inspo?

I hope that you found some great reads and bookish ideas in this gift list.  I always feel that giving a book is truly sharing a gift that never stops giving, inspiring, and teaching.  A book-related gift is even more fun!

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22 Comments

  1. November 16, 2018 / 7:57 am

    It’s never enough of Harry Potter gifts! ✨💖 awesome list! I still don’t know what I’m going to do for Christmas…

    • Christine
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 8:14 am

      This is SO true! I loved going on Etsy, trying to find the coolest gift ideas. It took a lot of willpower not to buy everything. People make the best geekish stuff!

      My husband and I don’t exchange gifts—we travel and love the whole ‘experience’ thing wayyyy before it became trendy. But, we do need to get gifts for some friends and family.

      I hope you enjoy the holidays and Christmas markets this season! xx

      • November 16, 2018 / 2:31 pm

        I prefer travel over objects as well! Although, they can be very tempting for sure! =)

        Thanks! I hope your Germany trip will be amazing! For now, I think I’ll stay and try to enjoy the cold and good old Christmas vibes.

        • Christine
          Author
          November 16, 2018 / 3:34 pm

          I definitely love the occasional fun trinket. And honestly, I love bookish/unique clothes. I cannot help it…

          I am looking forward to sampling some of that cold weather! I have a new coat (AKA a real winter coat) just for the occasion. I always have to over pack for these trips. I need SO many layers. I even bought a HUGE and thick sweater. I wore three pairs of socks out in Amsterdam last year.

    • Christine
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you! I did love the Laters, Baby 😂😂 They had some more PG13 rated ones. 😉

  2. November 16, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    What a phenomenal list! I love the themes and all the gifts from Etsy. I love Etsy. I have purchased many cool gifts from there in the past. Love all the themes.
    Btw: I have scheduled all the pins.

    • Christine
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Thank you!! Thank YOU!! 💕💕 I love Etsy because it’s supporting every day people and small biz. I love these bookish creations!

      I bought my bridesmaids embroidered scarves from Etsy. Loved them!

      I finally decided to hide a Christmas pin that only pops up in Shareaholic and not on my page. We’ll see how that goes. Thanks!!

  3. November 16, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Love this, so helpful for finding gifts! I’ve seen some ‘Not today mugglefucker’ candles but they’re out of stock and my cousin would love it! I love how you have set this out in sections, it makes it so much easier to read rather than just having a never-ending list of gifts. Also butterbeer tea, erm yes please! Add to cart (To me, From me x)

    • Christine
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      THANK YOU!!

      I literally laughed out loud at the “not today mugglefucker” everything on Etsy. I need one of each item in every color! You should have seen the wild stuff for 50 Shades…

      I’m glad you like the sections. Thanks! I seriously didn’t want this to be just another book gift list. I’ve been overly disappointed with bloggers’ gift posts this year. I actually love gift posts because everyone has done the work for the shopper and is hopefully pointing out the best deals, top gear, and solid sellers. Lately, a lot of bloggers are just literally pasting poor affiliate link pics on a page (mostly Amazon), slapping a number on each product, giving the post no meaning, and running. LIKE WHAT IS THAT? I’ll tell you what it is… lol.

      Haha, I, too, want butterbeer tea. We could do: To me, From you and From you, To me. So really just me to me and you to you.

  4. November 16, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I’ll have one of all the Anthony Bourdain things, please and thanks! *sobs in the corner*

    • Christine
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      I know 😭😭 I have two episodes left on DVR, and I can’t even…

  5. November 17, 2018 / 8:43 am

    you are a great writer! I love your blog and this post!!

    • Christine
      Author
      November 17, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! I appreciate that.

  6. November 18, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Haha me too, I think its brilliant! They’re all sold out thought and now is not the time to be selling out!! Oh gosh, I can’t begin to imagine…

    The sections work so well, it’s like people can find their interests so much easier, I’m definitely put off when I have to scour a list of 50 gift ideas to find something that appeals to me. I’m not very likely to get to number 10 let alone 49. I love gift posts too and I know exactly what you mean!! I find it with travel posts too, like people saying top places to visit in ___ and you can tell with some that they haven’t even been and they have just re-written a similar blog post from someone else.

    Hahahahaha that could work..!!

    • Christine
      Author
      November 18, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks for all of the input. This is definitely my first gift list–I had no idea whether or not people loved them or would like mine. This one has done really well so far–which means I’ll have to think of a few fun ones every so often. I always want a meaningful list (of anything, really) for myself and readers. No cheap/fake posts. Those are usually transparent and drive me a bit crazy. You are right too: did you even go to those places? Probably not…haha, ahhh!!

  7. November 19, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    This is such a great post, I love how you themed them around some bookish fandoms that you enjoy! I have a friend that isn’t a reader but admitted to loving Roald Dahl, so I may have to nab one of these items for her.

    • Christine
      Author
      November 19, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you like the fandoms–I just wanted to create a more meaningful, personal, and special list ; )

      I love Roald Dahl–my husband and I started dating with him in our hearts and minds… We watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together and then went to a real chocolate factory. We also read James and the Giant Peach out loud together before bed and went to see the play (twice). Good choice!

  8. November 21, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    Yay! Great list, as always! If I didn’t live out of a backpack, I’d be all over the Where’s Waldo stuff! I love the ‘Waldo Finds Himself’ t-shirt. I just love t-shirts the reference random geeky things. I have a whole stack of them in storage that I miss dearly. It PAINED me to not be able to wear my Freddie Mercury t-shirt (the element ‘Hg’ dressed up in Freddie Mercury’s yellow strap jacket) to see ‘Bohemian Rhapsody!’

    That elephant ‘The Little Prince’ ring is also super cute!

    • Christine
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      It was SO hard not to buy everything while I was compiling this. People on Etsy are so crafty.

      I love buying my husband geeky t-shirts. My fav is a French one saying “this is not a shirt” after that whole art movement. I, too, have too many T-shirts packed up.

  9. November 22, 2018 / 4:58 am

    I love the idea of Wheres Waldo themed gifts😂❤️ Great post !🥰🥰🥰🥰

    • Christine
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 6:51 am

      Me too! Thank you!

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