25 of the Most Bookmarkable Gifts for Librarians

Lisa R. Parker

We love our school librarians. They’re doing one of the most important jobs on the planet right now: connecting kids with stories. Science tells us that kids who read are better at building resilience, empathy, and a strong vocabulary. And in a world that needs more strong, brave, kind voices, librarians are leading the charge. That’s why a librarian deserves to get gifts that are extra special.

Looking to show a librarian how much they mean to you? We’ve put together a list of gifts to get your (and their) pages turning. Sure, you could get them a book … but they’ve probably already read it. Treat your favorite librarian to one of our gifts that range from practical to decorative and from cozy to chic. They deserve it!

Quick tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving; some prohibit homemade treats and/or gifts over a certain monetary value.

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1. Thank-you note

Book stack thank you cards

Appropriately, there is no quicker way to a librarian’s heart than reading a heartfelt note. For an added touch, use these beautiful Bibliophile note cards that come with 20 different stack selections to choose from.

Buy it: Bibliophile Notes at Amazon

2. Amazon eGift card or other gift card

Gifts for librarians: Amazon egift cards

Gift cards are the best way to ensure that librarians really get what they want. (Plus, Amazon eGift cards are super easy and give the option to send a thank-you note via email right away!)

Buy it: Amazon e-Gift Card at Amazon; Target Gift Card at Target; Support your local bookstore with a gift card

3. Reading valet

Gifts for librarians: book valet

You know that feeling when you find something and think, “Huh. I didn’t realize I needed one of those until I saw it.” That’s how we all feel encountering our first reading valet. This beautiful design has a cupholder and a groove for glasses in addition to the triangular page-keeper.

Buy it: Book Nook Reading Valet at Uncommon Goods

4. Book light

Gifts for librarians: rechargeable book light

For the librarian who’s been telling themselves for the last 45 minutes “Just one more chapter …,” this model is light, not too bright, and will happily enable any book addict’s nighttime reading habits.

Buy it: Rechargeable Book Light at Amazon

5. Super-soft blanket

chenille blanket

Librarians are blanket people. Librarians are also chenille people. I do not make the rules. (This one’s machine washable and comes with nearly a thousand five-star reviews.)

Buy it: Chenille blanket at Amazon

6. This tote bag from Loyalty Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Tote bag from Loyalty Bookstore

Not only do we love this gorgeous print, but Loyalty Bookstores out of D.C. is a fantastic independent bookstore to support. Founded by Hannah Oliver Depp, a Black and Queer bookseller, Loyalty is a treasured independent bookstore in the mid-Atlantic area.

Buy it: Tote bag at Loyalty Bookstores

7. This hand-embroidered bookmark

Gifts for librarians: embroidered bookmark

This bookmark is destined to become a favorite. With tons of fabric and design choices, you can customize yours to your exact liking.

Buy it: Embroidered bookmark at Etsy

8. A colorful leather bookmark

Gifts for librarians: leather bookmarks

Embroidery not your jam? These sleek leather bookmarks are beautiful, colorful, and have a monogram option for when you absent-mindedly leave your book in a cafe. And let’s be honest: Nothing says “librarian gifts” quite like bookmarks.

Buy it: Leather bookmark at Etsy

9. Ex Libris necklace

Gifts for librarians: ex libris necklace

Ex libris is Latin for “from the books of” or “from the library of.” It’s often used as an inscription on a book plate to show the book’s owner. This necklace signifies the beauty of book ownership and how books stay with us, even if they get permanently borrowed.

Buy it: Ex Libris necklace at Out of Print

10. Literary tattoos

Walden literary tattoos

These temporary literature tattoos are a fun way to show off a book you love without committing to lifelong permanence. Litographs has seven other tattoo sets from classic and contemporary literature. Little Prince ink? Sign us up!

Buy it: Walden tattoos at Litographs

11. This comfy and accurate sweatshirt

Gifts for librarians: banned books sweatshirt

We hunted through a lot of banned books attire to find this gem. And we’re glad we did.

Buy it: Sweatshirt at Etsy

12. Book club candle

Gifts for librarians: book club candle

With warm and spicy notes like sandalwood, amber, and orange, it’s no wonder this cozy candle is one of the Homesick brand’s most popular buys.

Buy it: Scented candle at Amazon

13. Raven art print from Native artist Chholing Taha

Raven print

Looking for gifts for a librarian who loves art almost as much as books? Birchbark Books out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a treasured institution in their community and beyond. An independent, Indigenous-owned bookstore, Birchbark carries an amazing selection of books, Native arts, and gifts that inspire literal pilgrimages from across the country and world. This beautiful print by Native artist Chholing Taha feels like it floated out of a story.

Buy it: Dancing in the Moonlight print at Birchbark Native Arts

14. Yummy snacks (that won’t leave residue on book pages)

Gourmet snacks

Snacks for readers can be tricky, but not with this assortment from Cravebox! Whether they’re in the middle of a good book or taking a snack break from restacking shelves, any librarian will look forward to these tasty treats.

Buy it: Gourmet snack box at Amazon

15. Fun acrylic bookends

acrylic bookends

We love these simple, modern bookends from Etsy. Get two of a kind, or mix and match to your heart’s content.

Buy it: Acrylic bookends at Etsy

16. Pretty floating bookshelves

Floating bookshelves

No reader can ever have enough shelves. With these functional and beautiful floating shelves, librarians arrange their books, plants, or picture frames in an ultra-stylish way.

Buy it: Bookshelves at Etsy

17. Read More Books art print

Art print saying Read More Books

This art print is the perfect combo of classic and contemporary, and with a message all librarians can get behind. Society6 has an assortment of other literature-inspired prints too.

Buy it: Read More Books print at Society6

18. This Is How We Roll shirt

Gifts for librarians: This Is How We Roll t-shirt

This shirt memorializes the thrill of getting permission to browse the “recently returned” cart (I just got chills). And honestly, if you haven’t spent a solid half hour browsing Out of Print’s other T-shirts, you oughtta.

Buy it: This Is How We Roll T-shirt at Out of Print

19. Power to the Reader tote

Power to the Reader tote from Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago

Need we say more? We love this tote from Semicolon, a Black- and woman-owned bookstore and gallery space in Chicago. Power to the reader.

Buy it: Power to the Reader tote at Semicolon

20. Cozy coffee or tea tumbler

Coffee or tea tumbler

No one who works in a school can ever have too many coffee tumblers. This KeepCup with its cork band and smooth lid makes an easy rinse between class visits to the library.

Buy it: KeepCup tumbler at Amazon

21. Customized book embosser

Customized book embosser

Give the gift of being bossy. Em-bossy. This personalized book embosser is the holy trifecta of a functional, beautiful, and meaningful gift.

Buy it: Embosser at Etsy

22. Bookish Cats puzzle

Bookish cats jigsaw puzzle

With beautiful illustrations, cute cats, and amazing puns (excuse me, Anna Purrenina? The Claw-dyssey?), there are almost too many layers to how darling this puzzle is. Almost.

Buy it: Bookish Cats puzzle at Amazon

23. Toni Morrison pin

Gifts for librarians: Toni Morrison pin

In addition to books, independent bookstore Kindred Stories in Houston has a great selection of gifts. A Toni pin makes a great addition to a gift box or gift card.

Buy it: Toni Morrison pin at Kindred Stories

24. This notebook from Beausoleil Books

Notebook from Beausoleil Books

Any librarian (really, anyone who works in a school) could always use another space to jot down ideas, reminders, and tasks. Why not support indie bookstore Beausoleil Books out of Lafayette, Louisiana, at the same time?

Buy it: Notebook at Beausoleil Books

25. A tiny pin of their favorite book

Gifts for librarians: literary pins

Whether on lanyards, a jacket, or a backpack, these pins make a statement. Excuse us while we go buy 15 of our faves.

Buy it: Pin at Ideal Bookshelf

Librarians deserve the world. But since the world doesn’t quite fit in a gift bag, we hope you’ve found a thing or two from this list of our favorite librarian gifts.

Looking for more gifts for a librarian? Check out these 20 great stocking stuffers for teachers.

Which librarian gifts are your favorites? Come share on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook

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