Reading ranks high among favorite pastimes. Relaxing and wondrous, thrilling or fantastical, depending on the read, books have a way of transporting you into a different realm. But if you’re on the lookout for gift ideas for book lovers, you may want to stray away from actual books.
Why would you do this? Well, bookworms can be a voracious species, consuming both new releases and tried-and-true classics before you even make the purchase.
The Cratejoy marketplace has come up with a novel idea - gifts for book lovers that aren’t books! A cup of tea, a warm bath, or a cozy environment all make a perfect pairing for a good read, and we’ve got it all. Here are a dozen of our favorite subscription boxes that readers are sure to love.
Unique Gifts for Book Lovers That Aren't Books
Price: Starts at $35.99/month
What's Included: The Bath Blessing Box makes a great gift for readers, allowing them to draw a warm bath, grab a book, and spend some alone time relaxing and reading. A premium spa subscription that sends top-quality artisanal bath and body products, with all-natural ingredients and invigorating essential oils, each monthly box is packed with 5-8 items like soaps, soaks, salts, steamers, bombs and bubble bath.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from U.S. between the 15th-20th of every month
Price: Starts at $27.00/month
What's Included: Reading with a healthy dose of game night fun is what the Finders Seekers Mysteries subscription delivers. Invite over a gang of friends or go it alone by diving into a new city and culture, while facing challenging puzzles and complex codes. Each month’s theme highlights an exciting setting for the enclosed mystery and encourages thought-provoking entertainment for all.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 23rd of the month
Price: Starts at $14.58/month
What's Included: Send a candle subscription that’s inspired by some all-time favorite stories with the Wicks + Words monthly box. Featuring all-natural limited edition candles, surprise gifts and an imagined ‘next part’ of the story to popular fandoms, the Story Box Series helps set a relaxing and inviting scene to enhance reading pleasure for book lovers.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 21st of each month
Price: Starts at $9.00/month
What's Included: Tea lovers who enjoy a good read will find that the Simple Loose Leaf Tea subscription box makes a sublime gift. Available in regular or decaf, each box contains 40g of high-quality loose-leaf tea including a black and green tea, an herbal tea and a seasonal treat. Sit back with a real page-turner and enjoy each delicious sip.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st business day of the month
Price: Starts at $14.08/month
What's Included: Books & Baths is a rejuvenating subscription box, bringing 1 book, 1 bookmark, 2-3 additional book-related items and 1 candle to the front door each month. High-quality handmade items, including a hand-poured soy candle and a handcrafted bookmark, are the focus of this beautifully curated box.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. by the 16th of every month
Price: Starts at $18.00/month
What's Included: Brothers Coffee Company’s monthly subscription offers a great pick-me-up for any coffee lover. Featuring a different roaster in every box, and focusing only on freshly ground, ethically sourced coffees, each of the 3 subscription levels available, the single, double or triple, offers a tasty mug of coffee to enjoy alongside the latest new release.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of each month
Price: Starts at $12.00/month
What's Included: Looking for some gifts for readers, but not quite sure which titles might interest them? The Literary Lights Club from Salmon Falls Reflections is a great option. Sending an 8-oz literary-themed candle and 1 character-themed tealight, these handcrafted soy candles are a mix of fun and function. Offering plenty of burn time to add a lovely fragrance to the home, they also feature quotes from some of the best literary works for added inspiration.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 18th of every month
Price: Starts at $19.95/month
What's Included: It’s time for wine and cheese to move aside and make way for the next perfect pairing - coffee + cookies! With a Match Made Coffee subscription, gift a tasty treat every month. Featuring 2 craft coffees and 2 gourmet cookies, mindfully selected as the perfect flavor match to that month’s brew, snack alongside an engaging novel.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 15th-22nd of every month
Price: Starts at $19.92/month
What's Included: Book lovers may also enjoy stocking the shelves of their record collection with the Original Vinyl Records subscription. Delivering 6 hand-selected albums each month, packed safely in a hard box to protect the goods, give the gift of music that’s tailored to meet everyone’s individual taste in tunes.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 1st-2nd of the month
Price: Starts at $11.25/month
What's Included: The House Plant Box brings more for less. Each monthly box packs a curated selection of healthy, unique house plants, air plants and succulents, along with plant care instructions and extras like pots or fertilizer. Bring the outside in to create a clean and healthy environment perfect for enjoying the latest off the list of best sellers.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in the 2nd week of each month