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The 2021 Book Lovers Gift Guide for The Holidays

Give the gift that gives more and keeps on giving: BOOKS!

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

2021 BiblioLifestyle Holiday Gift Guide for book lovers gift ideas

Welcome to The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers!

In the blink of an eye, the holiday season will be upon us, and we’re looking forward to spreading some cheer and giving the gift that gives more and keeps on giving: BOOKS.  So it’s time to get your gift shopping done to get a book lovers gift for everyone on your list.

Yes, finding a great present can be difficult: what should you get them?  Is it practical or enjoyable?  Will they like it?  Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with a book for everyone on your list in our 2021 book lovers gift guide!

This year (and every year, really), our local independent bookstores are top on our holiday list.  They are where readers meet each other, connect with booksellers and authors, and make many happy discoveries.  It’s an indescribable feeling when one walks into a bookstore, not entirely sure what they want but leaving with precisely what they need.  Our local bookstores are so much more than businesses; they are community hubs and a way of life!

Get a book lovers gift this holiday season with The 2021 BiblioLifestyle Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, we’re challenging you to do two things – one, gift books.  Two, make all (or at least half) of your book purchases with a local independent bookstore.  If you don’t have a bookstore in your town, adopt another town’s local bookstore as your own to do all your book lovers gift shopping!

It’s no secret our local booksellers give the best book recommendations, but we’ve put together The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide to help you with all your book lovers gift holiday shopping needs.  So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone else or you want to treat your shelf – you’ll find some options in the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for book lovers gift ideas.

Sharing is my love language, so if you like what I’ve put together in The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, please share the guide’s homepage on your favorite social media channels or directly with your favorite bookish friends!  Also, don’t forget to tag @bibliolifestyle and use the hashtag #bibliolifestylegiftguide in your posts so we can see what you’re gifting and reading.

I wish you all a safe and comforting holiday season!



Books from The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

2021 Holiday Gift Guide - Harper Perennial Olive Editions

2021 Debut Fiction


  • The Divines by Ellie Eaton 
  • Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
  • City of a Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks
  • Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
  • American Delirium by Betina González, translated by Heather Cleary
  • Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic
  • Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer by Jamie Figueroa
  • Aquarium by Yaara Shehori, translated by Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith
  • Nobody, Somebody, Anybody by Kelly McClorey
  • Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
  • Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung
  • The Bachelor by Andrew Palmer 
  • Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
  • Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
  • Three Rooms by Jo Hamya
  • Fault Lines by Emily Itami
  • Snowflake by Louise Nealon
  • Assembly by Natasha Brown
  • Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
  • Lean Your Loneliness Slowly Against Mine by Klara Hveberg, translated by Alison McCullough
  • The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon
  • Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding 
  • Tell Me How to Be by Neel Patel


  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon 
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers 
  • Float Plan by Trish Doller 
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto 
  • A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams 
  • The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
  • The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton 
  • The Paris Connection by Lorraine Brown 
  • The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale 
  • The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer 
  • Always, in December by Emily Stone 
  • The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu 


  • Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher 
  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones 
  • The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson 
  • The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye 
  • When I Ran Away by Ilona Bannister
  • Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins
  • Other People’s Children by R.J. Hoffmann
  • The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
  • Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin
  • Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen
  • Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
  • The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser 
  • The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray 
  • God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney
  • Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-Stein
  • The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams 
  • Immediate Family by Ashley Nelson Levy 
  • Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette 
  • Edge Case by YZ Chin
  • Out of Love by Hazel Hayes 
  • Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen
  • The Book of Mother by Violaine Huisman, translated by Leslie Camhi 
  • The Family by Naomi Krupitsky 
  • Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti 


  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner 
  • Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian 
  • Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey 


  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid 
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan 
  • Shallow Waters by Anita Kopacz
  • The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel
  • Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
  • Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn
  • God of Mercy by Okezie Nwoka
  • A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
  • This Weightless World by Adam Soto 


  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano 
  • Girl A by Abigail Dean
  • The Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper 
  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala 
  • Madam by Phoebe Wynne 
  • The Comfort of Monsters by Willa C. Richards
  • In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead 
  • Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
  • Nice Girls by Catherine Dang
  • We Know You Remember by Tove Alsterdal
  • The Last Guest by Tess Little
  • All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris 


  • The Radio Operator by Ulla Lenze, translated by Marshall Yarbrough 
  • The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
  • Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood
  • At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis 
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers 
  • Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson
  • The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong
  • Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet 
  • A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti 
  • The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab
  • The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss
  • Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim 

Beautiful Editions

  • Vintage Classics Japanese Series
  • Penguin Green Ideas Collection
  • Vintage Classics Russian Series
  • Juniper Books Toni Morrison Portrait Set 
  • Juniper Books Ernest Hemingway Signature Set 
  • Juniper Books Mary Poppins Sets 
  • Folio Society Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie 
  • Folio Society Crooked House by Agatha Christie 
  • Folio Society Dracula by Bram Stoker 

Books about Books

  • Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount 
  • Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch
  • Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef 
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 
  • The New York Times Book Review Edited by Tina Jordan, Noor Qasim
  • Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom
  • The Writer’s Library by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager
  • Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani, Dana Tanamachi 
  • Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word by Alex Johnson 


  • Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson and Jay Cooper
  • Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton
  • World Travel by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever 
  • Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman 
  • In the Weeds by Tom Vitale
  • 1,000 Perfect Weekends by National Geographic 


  • The Loneliest Polar Bear by Kale Williams
  • Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
  • On Animals by Susan Orlean
  • Eloquence of the Sardine by Bill François, translated by Antony Shugaar 
  • Earth’s Wild Music by Kathleen Dean Moore 
  • Below the Edge of Darkness by Edith Widder Ph.D. 

Home & Garden

  • Simply Sustainable by Lily Cameron 
  • Hill House Living by Paula Sutton 
  • House Story by Jasmine Roth 
  • Minimalista by Shira Gill 
  • House Planted by Lusa Muñoz
  • Striking Succulent Gardens by Gabriel Frank
  • Take It Outside by Mel Braiser, Garrett Magee and James DeSantis 
  • Feels Like Home by Lauren Liess
  • Seasons at Highclere by The Countess of Carnarvon 

Food & Drink


  • The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry
  • Simply Julia by Julia Turshen
  • Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Tanous 
  • Everyday Dinners by Jessica Merchant
  • The Quick Fix Kitchen by Tia Mowry
  • Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal 


  • My Shanghai by Betty Liu
  • Everyone’s Table by Gregory Gourdet, with JJ Goode EdD. 
  • Sea Salt and Honey by Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Tsakiris 
  • Bavel by Ori Menashe, Genevieve Gergis, and Lesley Suter 
  • Colombiana by Mariana Velásquez
  • Lemon, Love & Olive Oil by Mina Stone 
  • Cook Real Hawai’i by Sheldon Simeon, Garrett Snyder
  • Provecho by Edgar Castrejón
  • Black Food Edited by Bryant Terry
  • Italian American by Angie Rito, Scott Tacinelli, with Jamie Feldmar 
  • Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean by Claudia Roden 
  • World Food: Paris by James Oseland 


  • Super Natural Simple by Heidi Swanson
  • The Vegan Meat Cookbook by Miyoko Schinner
  • Dada Eats Love to Cook It by Samah Dada
  • The Weekday Vegetarians by Jenny Rosenstrach
  • Running on Veggies by Lottie Bildirici
  • Brave New Meal by Bad Manners, Michelle Davis, Matt Holloway 


  • Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoë François
  • Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain
  • Sheet Cake by Abigail Johnson Dodge 
  • Life Is What You Bake It by Vallery Lomas 
  • Cookies by Jesse Szewczyk 
  • A New Take on Cake by Anne Byrn 


  • Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails by Robert Simonson 
  • Wine Style by Kate Leahy
  • Girly Drinks by Mallory O’Meara
  • Zero Proof by Elva Ramirez 
  • The Way of the Cocktail by Julia Momosé, with Emma Janzen
  • Sparkling Wine for Modern Times by Zachary Sussman, Editors of PUNCH 

Children’s Books


  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by by Nosy Crow, Illustrator Yu-hsuan Huang 
  • Opposites Abstract by by Mo Willems
  • Baby Loves Scientists by Ruth Spiro, Illustrator Irene Chan
  • Hello, World! Baby Animals by Jill McDonald 
  • Big Dog and Little Dog Getting in Trouble by Dav Pilkey 
  • A Little Book About Winter by Leo Lionni 


  • Happy Holidays! (American Girl) by Lauren Diaz Morgan, Illustrator Romina Galotta 
  • Green Tractor by Kersten Hamilton, Illustrator Valeria Petrone 
  • Lola Sleeps Over by Anna McQuinn, Illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw 
  • Dog’s First Baby by Natalie Nelson 
  • Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins 
  • Llama Llama Seasons of Fun! by Anna Dewdney, Illustrator JT Morrow 


  • The Smart Cookie by Jory John, Pete Oswald 
  • Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator 
  • Pete the Cat’s Groovy Imagination by James Dean, Kimberly Dean
  • Do You Speak Fish? by DJ Corchin, Illustrator Dan Dougherty 
  • A Friend Like You by Andrea Schomburg, Barbara Rottgen, Illustrator Sean Julian 
  • Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi, Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal 


  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  • Willodeen by Katherine Applegate
  • Beasts and Beauty by Soman Chainani, Illustrator Julia Iredale
  • Pax, Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker, Illustrator Jon Klassen 
  • Sunny Makes a Splash by Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrator Matthew Holm 
  • Dark Waters by Katherine Arden 
  • Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley, Illustrator Xavier Bonet 

Teen & Young Adult

  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
  • Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
  • A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen
  • We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough 
  • The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney 
  • Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield 
  • The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel 
  • Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi
  • A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy
  • Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp 
  • House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland 
  • Indivisible by Daniel Aleman 
  • Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
  • Heartbreakers and Fakers by Cameron Lund
  • Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn
  • Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
  • From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn
  • The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
  • Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson 
  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  • The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl
  • We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson
  • Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal 

Journals & Workbooks

  • Bibliophile 2021 12-Month Planner by Jane Mount
  • Book Club: A Journal by Read it Forward
  • Get Untamed: The Journal by Glennon Doyle
  • The Skinnytaste Ultimate Meal Planner by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones, R.D. 
  • The Home Edit Workbook by Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin 
  • Write This for Inspiration by Ashly Perez 

Cards, Puzzles & Games

  • Lizzy Loves Darcy by Thomas W. Cushing
  • Words of Art by Catherine Gund
  • Meditations and Affirmations by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
  • The Cheese Board Deck by by Meg Quinn and Shana Smith 
  • Book Nerd 1,000-Piece Puzzle by Holly Maguire
  • Crazy Plant Lady 1,000-Piece Puzzle by Isabel Serna 

What books are you planning to gift from The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide?

Are you looking for a book lovers gift?  Are you looking forward to reading or gifting books from the 2021 holiday gift guide?  Are you shopping for yourself or treating your shelf?



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