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 librarians deserves to get gifts that are extra special.
Looking to show librarians 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.
1. Thank-you note
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 e-gift card or other gift card
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!)
3. Reading 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
For the librarian who’s been telling themselves for the last 45 minutes “Just one more chapter …,” this book-light model is light, not too bright, and will handily enable any book addict’s nighttime reading habits.
Buy it: Rechargeable Book Light at Amazon
5. Super-soft 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. Tote bag from Loyalty Bookstore in Washington, D.C.
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. Literacy & Justice for All shirt
At a time when librarians are being silenced, this shirt makes an important statement.
Buy it: Literacy & Justice for All shirt at Amazon
8. Colorful leather bookmark
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 “gifts” quite like bookmarks.
Buy it: Leather Bookmark at Etsy
9. Shakespeare shirt
From Shakespeare to Clifford the Big Red Dog, Out of Print has T-shirts that’ll suit any librarian’s tastes. We love this take on Shakespeare’s plays—it’s giving us book nerd, but also tough gal/guy.
Buy it: Shakespeare shirt at Out of Print
10. 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. Queen of Books enamel pin
Your favorite librarian just called, and she won’t be happy until she has this pin. (You’d better comply—I hear she’s pretty scary when she’s mad.)
Buy it: Queen of Books pin at Out of Print
12. 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. Digital gift card to Native-owned bookstore Birchbark Books
Birchbark Books out of Minneapolis 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. (Plus, we love any bookstore that has a whole page dedicated to the staff’s pets.)
Buy it: Digital gift card at Birchbark Books
14. Yummy snacks that won’t leave residue on book pages
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
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. Rotating bookshelf
No reader can ever have enough shelves. This functional and beautiful rotating bookshelf is a space-saver and has the added bonus of making it feel like you live in a bookstore.
Buy it: Rotating Bookshelf at Amazon
17. Read More Books art print
This art print is the perfect combo of classic and contemporary and has 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. It’s a Good Day To Read a Book shirt
Only if the day ends in -y, right?
Buy it: It’s a Good Day To Read a Book shirt at Amazon
19. Personalized embroidered bookmark
Has there ever been a more perfect stocking stuffer, thank-you gift, or pick-me-up? These bookmarks are impossibly twee, add a personal touch, and are bound to jump to the top of any librarian’s favorite bookmarks.
Buy it: Embroidered bookmark at Etsy
20. Cozy 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
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
Need gifts for librarians who love puzzles? 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
In addition to books, independent bookstore Kindred Stories in Houston has a great selection of gifts for librarians. A Toni Morrison 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
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
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
26. Kate Spade book stack tote
Another thing a reader can never have too many of: literary-themed totes. This one by Kate Spade is both fun and shows great taste.
Buy it: Kate Spade tote at Amazon
27. Book Lovers mug
It’s very possible that people who work in a school might have too many mugs. But this one—with beautiful colors and gold detail—is bound to become a favorite.
Buy it: Book Lovers mug at Amazon
28. Library card socks
Buy it: Library Card Socks in yellow at Out of Print
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 gifts for librarians!