23 Holiday Gift Ideas for
Book-Crazy Teens

by Dena McMurdie

Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan

Book lovers are among the easiest breed of teenager to shop for. New additions to their bookshelves will instantly elevate you to superhero status, but you’ll get bonus points for boxed sets, anticipated titles, and items they can use or display.

Whether you’re looking for gifts for the voracious bookworm or the casual page-turner, these books and bookish items are guaranteed reader-pleasers this holiday season.

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  • The Outsiders T-Shirt

    You don’t just read The Outsiders, you experience it. And if you’re going to properly experience the book, you need the shirt to go with it. Pair this with the 50th Anniversary Edition of the book for a meaningful gift for long-time enthusiasts and new readers alike. (Women’s version available here.)

  • Fantastic Nonfiction

  • Girling Up

    by Mayim Bialik

    Using her knowledge of neuroscience, “Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik gives girls a guide to life and growing up. From self-acceptance to juggling school and social activities, Mayim uses both personal experiences and scientific facts to help girls navigate their teen years.

  • Sneakers

    by Rodrigo Corral, Alex French, and Howie Kahn

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    Sneakers are a much-loved form of self-expression for teens. This book features photos and interviews with key players in the sneaker industry and celebrity athletes. It's the perfect gift for teens interested in design, fashion, entrepreneurship, and footwear.

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  • Banned Books Heat Reactive Mug

    Celebrate your right to read every time you use this stylish and fun Banned Books mug. Printed with the names of dozens of banned books, it makes a great stocking stuffer and is sure to elicit a smile.

  • Bookworm Fashion Must-Haves

  • When in Doubt, Go to the Library T-Shirt

    Since libraries and bookworms go hand in hand, there’s a 100 percent chance your favorite bookworm will dig this adorable t-shirt sporting Hermione Granger’s famous quote. (Men’s version available here.)

  • 1984 Tote Bag

    George Orwell’s dystopian classic makes a deep impression on its readers and has experienced a revival in popularity recently. This trendy tote is a fitting gift for politically-minded and science-fiction loving teens.

  • Pride and Prejudice Lightweight Scarf

    This gorgeous, lightweight scarf is perfect for devotees of the classic novel by Jane Austen. Pretty and stylish, this scarf can dress up any Austen fanatic’s outfit.

  • Library Card Socks

    Whether your teen needs some novelty socks to show off on their bookstagram feed or they simply want to warm their feet, these library card socks are ideal for both.

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