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38 Brilliant Gifts For Librarians

Excite the book lovers in your life with these unique librarian gifts
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Shopping for presents for librarians is the best! I mean, you could be totally obvious and buy the bibliophiles in your life (more) books, but where’s the fun in that? Hello – they can check out all the books they want! Personally, I think you should give them gifts that remind them how much they love their literary careers. And if said gift advertises that fact to the world, all the better.

The Ultimate List Of The Best gifts For Librarians

1. Banned Books Mug

Banned Book Week comes every year. Celebrate the literary equivalent of the Day of the Dead with this classic works of banned literature mug. Contemplate how far we’ve come as a literate society and how inflammable modern ceramics are.

2. Time for Books Wall Clock

When books are your life, it’s always time for reading. Not quite mealtime? Read. Approaching sleep time? Read. Just wondering what time it is? It’s time to read. Why even pretend like there’s anything else you’d rather be doing?

3. Antiqued Book Tissue Holder

For the person who has never read a romance, adventure or, frankly, any novel without shedding many tears, this tissue box is the perfect gift. Eat your heart out Louis L’Amoure, we’re ready for you (sniff, sniff, SOB).

4. Bookshelf Cat Blanket

There’s a lot of crossover on the cat ladies and book ladies Venn diagram, so chances are you know someone that would cherish this blanket. In fact, that person is likely staring a very familiar scene right this minute; ie their cat + books.

5. Codify Pen Holder

Simple, elegant design makes this pen holder a classy addition to any librarian’s desk. They can organize all their desk supplies, making it that much easier to be a focused, library scientist.

6. Edgar Allen Poe Scented Soy Candle

The goth librarian in your life will love this Edgar Allan Poe inspired candle with bittersweet notes of cardamom, absinthe & sandalwood. Its fragrance is second only to musty, old books.

7. Writing Gloves

These writing gloves are the perfect accessory for the avid writer, but are equally useful for the turning of book pages or swiping of kindle screens. They are look great re-shelving books.

8. Go Away, I’m Reading Sign

Nothing pairs with a good book like silence, and maybe a glass of red wine. For the solitary bibliophile, this sign will ensure their reading nook remains shenanigan free, just like they deserve.

9. When In Doubt..Wall Clock

Your librarian friends know that it is always either library time or night time. There is no in-between. If there is any doubt about the time – they can refer to this clock. And if the doubt persists, better get to the library.

10. I love Libraries Desk Lamp

After a long day of the Dewey Decimal System, nothing beats curling up with a good book. When they have to read their own books in their own home, they can at least be reminded of where their heart is. Spoiler alert; it’s the library.

11. Kate Spade Pencils

These very cute pencils with very cute bon mots will delight the lover of words in your life. Filling out library cards is pretty stylish when you’ve got designer pencils like these. Spell it out indeed!

12. Librarian Charm Bracelet

An adorable charm bracelet is a lovely way to decorate the wrist of a person who lives to turn pages. It’s the perfect amount of jangle; just enough to be magical, but not enough to disturb any library patrons.

13. Library Card Coasters

When librarians cut lose, their party favors can still represent their highly organized, professionally bookish lifestyle. These coasters say, “put me under a cocktail” but will be equally charming under a glass of warm milk.

14. Novelty Library Cards

These retro-inspired library cards make great party invites, stationary, or craft inspiration. Of course, they could also be used to track one’s own personal book collection, something the librarian in us all can appreciate.

15. Library Embosser

Your librarian pals can make every book their own – forever – with this personalized page embosser. For anyone who lends from their own library or collects rare volumes, this gift is a must have. Besides, embossing is so impressive (zing!).

16. Magnetic Poetry Kit

Some of the best modern poetry can be found on the refrigerator doors of literary enthusiasts. Make sure the lovers of letters in your life are equipped to emote on the magnetic surfaces of their homes as well. You never know, you could be supplying the tools for the next great poetic masterpiece.

17. Notebook Paper T-shirt

This super-comfy fitted tee looks as if it was torn from the pages of a loose leaf notebook. Thankfully, there are no frayed edges to worry about. What better way to celebrate the potential of language than by celebrating the blank page?

18. Paperback Fragrance

The smell of aged paper is intoxicating for true bibliophiles. But you can’t lay around with an old book over your face all day. Luckily, this fragrance has pleasing notes of violet and potpourri that add a sweetness to the must of vintage first editions.

19. Pencil Flats

From their head to their toes, they can let the world know just how devoted to reading and writing they are with these super-cute doppelganger-pencil shoes. These pop-art style flats are stylish, comfy, and will look great strolling the library aisles.

20. Personal Library Kit

They’ll never lose a book again thanks to this personal library kit. Making their personal collection into their very own lending library is much easier with the accountability this package creates.

21. Pineapple Pencil/Pen Holder

The posh librarian in your life absolutely needs this whimsical golden pineapple pen cup. Fill it with gold pens to complete the gilded, tropical look, but they should be prepared to protect their pens, this holder practically demands they be shared.

22. Reading Journal

Consider the gift of taking notes for book club, logging favorite titles or just jotting down very intellectual and literary notes with this lovely hardcover reading journal. Perhaps it will get published one day and you’ll be able to take partial credit for its success.

23. Reading Kitty Figurine

If you’re gifting someone who often finds themselves in this exact position, lounging with good book (with the addition of a lap kitty) this resin figurine might just be the perfect thing.

24. Vintage Whale Bookends

Melville fans will swoon over these vintage inspired whale bookends. They might not be modeled after the titular character in Moby Dick, but the charming smile makes up for any lost literary cache.

25. Wicked Witch Bookmark

Ding dong the witch is dead, and she’s hanging halfway out of your favorite book. Ruby red slippers keep your place and remind you of the one of the greatest children’s novels of all time. There’s no place like home (or the library)!

26. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

The future is here with the Kindle E-Reader, i.e. every book you want in the palm of your hands. With anti-glare and dedicated features to make book reading all the more intuitive, the Kindle is the best device to give someone who loves reading. This is one of the best gifts for a librarian, if they don’t mind the lack of physical pages of course!

27. Book-Themed Unisex Cotton Socks

These novelty socks are on every librarian's wish list. Put these in a gift basket with a couple of library card pillows from Etsy and expect the loveliest thank you note you have ever received.

28. I Like Big Books Tote Bag

When you like big books, never feel inclined to lie, regardless of who tries to deny. If you’re hooked and you can’t stop staring (at books) this tote bag from Zazzle is for you, the above average (library) groupie.

29. Library Books Design Pencil Holder

This awesome pen and pencil organizer with a bottom drawer will definitely class up the desk of your favorite librarian without being too braggy about it. And if they want to be braggy the gilded edges give this holder just the right amount of scholarly bling.

30. Library Card Phone Cover

Keeping track of an entire library’s worth of books takes herculean effort. Maybe keeping this library card cover on their phone will remind them to return/collect any overdue books. As if they needed reminding.

31. Library Card Canvas Sneakers

A comfy pair of white canvas sneakers is a necessary component of most wardrobes, but these library card printed sneakers are special; they are custom made for the truly bookish. These should be standard issue for every librarian.

32. Inspired Silver - Silver Pave Heart Charm Bracelet

This charming piece of jewelry will sure to be a hit with the stunning Cubic Zirconia and beautiful silver finish to top it off. Get ready for a lot of hugs and kisses after she sees this gift.

33. Library Card Canvas Pouch

There's a lot to love about this zipper pouch from Out Of Print. Purchasing one will send a book to a community in need. It is 9'' wide by 6'' high, big enough to hold important items. This will easily be one of the coolest library gifts she'll ever own.

34. First Lines Literature Coffee Mug

The lover of coffee and literacy will appreciate the heck out of this mug featuring the opening lines of 24 best literature works (well, according to the Unemployed Philosophers Store of course).

35. World's Best Librarian Notebook

For the creative girl who likes to write down everything, a perfect gift would be this stylish and beautiful looking journal.

36. Librarian Earrings

These adorable earrings will leave your librarian girlfriend speechless and they're the perfect gift to surprise her this Christmas. She'll be begging you to take her out so she can show them off.

37. Kate Spade Tote bag

This gift will get a great reaction as it's hard not to love the look and function of this large multipurpose tote bag from Kate Spade

38. Superwoman Floating Book Shelf

Being a great mom truly is a superpower. Give your librarian mom this cool floating bookshelf. If you want to take the gift up a notch, include some inspiring reads as well. Even a superhero like mom needs some downtime with a good book.

39. Skullcandy Headphones

For the girl in your life who loves her music or listening to her favorite e-book, these Skullcandy Headphones are an ideal gift that she'll continue to use daily.

Best Librarian Gifts | Buying Tips

There are many different types of librarians, each with their own unique interests and needs. When looking for a gift for a librarian, it is important to consider what type of librarian you are buying for, as well as their individual interests. Some great gifts for librarians include books, bookmarks, tote bags, journals, and pens.

Best Gifts for Public Librarians

Public librarians play a crucial role in our society by providing access to books and information for everyone. They often have a great love of reading and may be interested in other topics such as history, art, and culture. Some good gifts for public librarians include books, bookmarks, museum passes, and gift cards to bookstores or coffee shops. These gifts will help show your appreciation for all that they do for their community.

Best Gifts for School Librarians

Gift givers who are looking for the best gifts for librarians should consider books, technology, and gift cards to online bookstores. School librarians work in school libraries and are responsible for helping students find and access information. They may be interested in books, technology, and learning new things. Thus, books, iPads, Kindle Fires, and gift cards to online bookstores are some good gifts for school librarians.

Best Gifts for Academic Librarians

If you are looking for a gift for an academic librarian, consider books, technology, or other tools that can support their research. Many academic librarians are passionate about reading, so a book on a topic they are interested in could be a great gift. Additionally, many librarians use technology in their work, so a new laptop, tablet, or smartphone could be appreciated. Other tools that can be helpful for academic librarians include pens and highlighters for taking notes, binders to organize materials, and flash drives to store data.