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World Book Day: best gifts for book lovers 2021

What do you get for the bookworm that’s read them all? Do you risk buying a page-turner they’ve already devoured?

Instead of scouring Richard and Judy’s Book Club and second-guessing the Sunday Times Bestsellers list, it’s time to think outside the box to thrill the bibliophile in your life.

With World Book Day just around the corner, we’re here to help you avoid a book-related faux pas with our handpicked list of the best gifts for book lovers in 2021. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this one!

Best personalised gift for book lovers

The Personalised Book About You

Forget Mr. Darcy and Mary Poppins, shake up their reading list with a book all about them! A brilliant way to mark a milestone birthday or celebrate a special occasion, the Personalised Book About You is full of fun facts and titbits unique to the lucky recipient’s birth date and name from cover to cover! Think star sign insights, facts about their birth year, and top toys and treats from their childhood.

With a range of colour options and the choice of a hardback or softback cover, this personalised book gift is made extra special as it arrives with their name embossed on the front and a personal message penned by you on the first page. 

the book about you

Best book gift for Harry Potter fans

The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour and Afternoon Tea for Two

Let someone know you a-Dumbledore them with the most magical gift a young muggle could ever wish for. The Harry Potter Studio Tour experience lifts the curtain on the Wizarding world with an incredible behind-the-scenes look at Diagon Alley, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and The Forbidden Forest, as well as a chance to sip on a flagon of Butterbeer!

After all the spell-casting and broom-flying, it’s time for a feast worthy of any young witch or wizard. This fantastic experience includes a delicious afternoon tea at the stunning Mercure Hunton Park Hotel, complete with sandwiches, cakes – and of course – fluffy scones with jam and clotted cream. Simply spellbinding. 

the making of harry potter tour

Best personalised story books for couples

‘The Husband’ and ‘The Wife’ Personalised Ladybird Books

Who said love was dead? Treat your other half to a tongue-in-cheek instructional book on how both husbands and wives work. The Husband is the perfect Father’s Day or birthday gift for your hubby, while The Wife will make a hilarious anniversary gift – although we can’t guarantee you won’t end up in the doghouse. 

Featuring classic Ladybird illustrations and brilliantly playful text, this book can be personalised with your partner’s name on the front cover, as well as a thoughtful message on the opening page to let them know that you love them really, warts and all!

the husband book

Best gift for children’s books lovers

Matilda The Musical Theatre Tickets for Two

Whether you’re a toddler, a teen, or as old as nasty Mrs. Trunchbull, the magic of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s book is sure to be a hit with the whole family. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s highly acclaimed Matilda The Musical will have you foot-tapping to Tim Minchin’s tunes throughout and all the way home. And for the next month or so, too!

Having won 16 awards for best musical, as well as 85 awards worldwide, Matilda is a must-see West End show, performed at the beautiful Cambridge Theatre in London. You won’t regret joining this clever little girl on her journey to triumph over the cruel grown-ups in her life and escape the Chokey with the help of Miss Honey.

Best book gift for mystery buffs

How Novel Three Month Book Club Subscription for One Person

Know a bookworm who loves a good thriller? We’ve got just the page-turner. Gift them a three-month subscription to How Novel, a mystery-obsessed online book club like no other! Every month, your recipient will vote on a variety of gripping mystery novels with the winner being sent out to the whole group. After everyone’s finished reading, that’s when the real fun begins – it’s time to discuss!

A truly unique and special gift, How Novel invites the whole group to join an interactive online discussion where they can share ideas, pull apart theories and get to the bottom of every twist and turn in the plot. After a year of staring at the same four walls, this gift is a fantastic way to meet new like-minded people and discover a whole new array of exciting novels! Result.

How Novel Three Month Book Club Subscription for One Person

Best walking tour for book lovers

Agatha Christie London Tour for Two People

You don’t have to be Miss Marple to figure out this is a brilliant gift! The Agatha Christie London Walking Tour is an immersive look into the world of the great Dame, from areas that inspired her works to places she visited herself. 

Spread over two hours, expect to learn tons of insider knowledge about the famous crime author’s writing and life from an expert tour guide as you track Christie’s history throughout the capital. The tour starts in Euston Square and explores areas and sites such as Mayfair, Chinatown, The Garrick Club, and the British Museum, before ending in Green Park. 

Agatha Christie London Tour

Best subscription gift for news junkies

Three Month Subscription to Readly with Access to over 5,000 Magazines and Newspapers

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the infomaniac in your life? Say no more. This three-month subscription gift to Readly will have their inner news buff jumping for joy. 

Readly grants unlimited access to thousands of magazines and newspapers – from The Guardian to Women’s Health and GQ – at the touch of a button. All your recipient has to do is download the app for on and offline reading on a mobile phone or tablet.

Plus, in an age where recycling and decluttering our spaces are top priorities, a digital gift such as this is a brilliant way to gift sustainably. Give yourself a high five.

Three Month Subscription to Readly with Access to over 5,000 Magazines and Newspapers

Make a bookworm happy this World Book Day

Start a new chapter and get creative with your literary gift-giving in 2021. Whether you opt for an experience or a personalised story book, you’re sure to be your book lover’s favourite character. Take a look at our complete selection of the best gifts for book lovers or sign up to our newsletter and receive more gift inspiration straight to your inbox!

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