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Book Gift Baskets: Great Book Lover Gifts

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Homemade Gift Baskets Make Unique Gift Ideas for Families and Kids!

Want to make a great book lover gift? Book gift baskets can be used for many different things. Whether you're an author looking to promote your new book, an avid reader looking for fun gifts to give, or a fundraising organizer looking for a great raffle prize idea, homemade book gift baskets will suit your needs perfectly.

The first step is to choose your book. There are tons of classic books that make for great gift basket filling. Choose your favorite book from your childhood. Or, choose a book that's a current bestseller. Your options are limitless! Just make sure that you choose a book that you can find a variety of related items for to fill your basket.

After that, get a basket. Flea markets, thrift shops, and online stores are all good choices. Then it's just a matter of finding goodies to fill out your container.

If you're looking for more ideas, you might be interested in Book Gifts for Kids.

Read on to find great suggestions for filling book gift baskets!

Example: White Fang Gift Basket - It's Easy to Make a Fun and Unique Gift!

When filling a gift basket, be imaginative! The best part about receiving a gift basket is pulling out and admiring item after item. It's like a whole bunch of gifts packed into one! The thrill is even greater when you don't know what to expect next, when the gift-giver has put his or her unique touch on the gift basket. Homemade food and gifts, unique toys, related books, funny poems and random objects are all creative touches you can add to your book-themed gift basket.


The classic tale of how a wolf-dog learns to overcome a past full of loss and pain to find true love and companionship. The setting in the cold, harsh, north, the memorable characters, and the thrilling plot all make great themes for concocting your gift basket.

Filling the White Fang Book Gift Basket - Toy Wolves, Mugs, and More!

Here are a few ideas for things to put in your White Fang themed gift basket. Feel free to come up with additional items! I think that some mittens, homemade cookies, and perhaps a cute dog sled ornament would really round out this present.

Looking for baskets? Click here to go to the Baskets section further down the page. Thrift and craft stores are also a good basket source.

To fill the basket, you'll want to include:

  • A copy of the book (possibly a nice hardcover or illustrated version)
  • A stuffed wolf
  • themed bookmarks or other themed items
  • a nice scarf
  • mug, coffee, and cocoa to keep your recipient warm through the chilly scenes!

A great themed travel mug is perfect for reading in bed without spilling on the pages!

Themed Bookmarks

A themed bookmark is a great addition to a book basket. Scope out your local bookstore for a great selection!

The Secret Garden Gift Basket - A Book About Gardening, Life, and Growth

This is one of my favorite childhood books. I think the story of how Mary Lennox, a girl who escapes certain death due to cholera to be invigorated and reawakened by a secret garden in the English moors is uplifting. The garden theme makes it an especially good book to build a gift basket around.

To make this gift basket, you'll want to include:

  • A copy of the book, of course!
  • Gardening tools - real ones if the recipient is a budding horticulturist, or toy ones if your recipient only has an imaginary garden to work with
  • a potted plant
  • stuffed birds or other countryside animals - the Secret Garden is known for its fauna as well as its flora!
  • old-fashioned keys, or key-themed jewelry

The Key to the Garden

Mary finds a key that lets her in to the garden. Thrift stores and garage sales are the perfect place to find old-fashioned keys for your book basket.

Definitely consider thinking outside the "basket" part of "gift basket!" Anything from a wheelbarrow to a big planter pot to a watering can can make your thoughtful surprise even more special and unique.

What Is Your Favorite Kid's Book Basket? - Vote Here!

Anyone can vote :)

Example: Harry Potter Book Basket - Wizards and Witches

Another gift basket tip: be thrifty! There's nothing wrong with saving money when constructing your book-themed gift basket. Thrift and second-hand stores are the perfect place to search for baskets, gently used books, toys, and accessories such as scarves and jewelry. It's not only good for you wallet, but good for the planet as well! Also think about buying items in bulk, and making items by hand if you're a crafty person. And don't forget, a smaller basket is easier to fill than a larger one!


Okay, so in order to give this in the gift, you have to find someone who doesn't currently own the Harry Potter series. Alternately, if you know someone who is a huge Harry Potter fan, you can create the basket without books, or find related books that might interest them that they probably don't own yet.

Filling the Harry Potter Book Gift Basket - Magically Amazing!

Every Flavour...

Note that it doesn't say "Every Good Flavour." Watch out for the "puke" one!

The Movies are Great, Too

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Other Suggestions for Filling Your Baskets - Fill 'Em Up

Some books are hard to find a theme for. In that case, pick general items that any reader would love! Book lamps, snuggly blankets, and the perfect mug for a warm beverage to enjoy while lost in fictional worlds are all good choices.

Books Make the Best Gifts - Great To Give and to Get!

Books For Gifts

Books For Gifts

Image by Emily Carlin on Flickr.

Cookbooks Can Make Great Gift Baskets! - Delicious and Fun

A cookbook can make a great present. Adding it to a custom-made gift basket is the perfect way to take your gift from blah to fabulous. It's especially thoughtful if you add equipment that you know your recipient doesn't have, or all the ingredients they'll need to make one of the dishes.

Here are some great ideas for filling a cookbook gift basket:

  • Cooking implements, such as wooden spoons, whisks, and cookie cutters
  • a store bought or homemade apron
  • non-perishable ingredients, such as chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and sprinkles
  • oven mitts

Filling a Cookbook Gift Basket - Easy Peasy

Image by Anne on Flickr.

Image by Anne on Flickr.

Great Basket Subsitute

A large mixing bowl makes the perfect substitute for a cookbook-themed gift basket. The best part? It's a functional wrapping, sure to find use in your recipient's home!

Will You Be Giving Book-Themed Gift Baskets As Gifts? - Vote Here!

What Do You Think About Making Themed Gift Baskets?

Making a gift baskets - based on a theme, such as books, or just filled with fun stuff - can be a great way to give fun gifts. They can also take some time and effort to put together.

Do you think making a gift basket is a good idea?

What Kind of Book-Themed Gift Baskets Would You Like? - Feel Free to Share!

Tjoedhilde on February 06, 2012:

This is a fantastic idea! I would never have thought about a book basket, but I can already think of multiple people who would enjoy such a gift.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on February 01, 2012:

Yes great idea, like the cookbook one also, great idea for a special occasion. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

Shannon from Florida on January 28, 2012:

Cute ideas! i like the cookbook one. Blessed & liked.

MaggiePowell on January 27, 2012:

nice selections

Kim from Yonkers, NY on January 27, 2012:

LOVE the lens & will be adding it to my Reading lens & my Favorte Lenses lens.

WriterJanis2 on January 26, 2012:

I would love a Disney themed basket.

emmaklarkins (author) on January 26, 2012:

@Edutopia: Steal away! My goal is to spread the idea of the book gift basket far and wide!

emmaklarkins (author) on January 26, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks you!!! :)

Edutopia on January 26, 2012:

My mom is a librarian at a local school and a book gift basket would be something right up her alley, thanks for the idea! Hope you don't mind if I outright steal it for when I go shopping for her birthday, haha.

anonymous on January 25, 2012:

Returning to congratulated you on receiving front page honors!

nikyweber on January 24, 2012:

amazing lens! squidlikes!

KarenTBTEN on January 23, 2012:

That's a good idea, for several reasons. It can be a good idea for children to extend books, so I really like the idea of putting together books with play items. I like how you emphasized that the things don't all have to be new.

mumsgather on December 01, 2011:

What a lovely idea!

Paki Bazar on November 19, 2011:

nice topic i enjoyed it reading

keep it up

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on November 18, 2011:

Non-fiction for me, please!

katemiya on November 15, 2011:

Young adult science fiction, ideally without distracting romances.

Paul from Montreal on November 14, 2011:

Fun gift ideas!

Delia on November 10, 2011:

I have made many baskets in the past, I store up on end-of-season sale items (JMaxx is one of the best) and use them in the baskets. When I make a book basket, I usually include a coffee or tea cup, a small candle and a book marker..you can add so many little things to make it personal...Children's baskets are the most fun...I find many books for sale at discount book stores and the library, or even the thrift stores.

celeBritys4africA on June 14, 2011:

A great idea, very inspiring.

anonymous on April 20, 2011:

Great ideas, I love gift baskets, just wish people would take the time to make me one someday LOL... I have a great gift basket idea for the man who cooks on my lens by that name :)

emmaklarkins (author) on April 20, 2011:

Glad you found the site helpful! I hope this means lots of people will be receiving book themed gift baskets :)

anonymous on April 14, 2011:

Great idea.

ICanCook on December 11, 2010:

The book themed gift basket is a very good idea. One for me made by someone who actually knows me would be filled with recipes and cooking stuff.

anonymous on November 24, 2010:

What a wonderful gifting idea, this would be so fun to do! I like the pet gift idea to, we always gave our pets gifts. The one thing to be careful of is the doggy jerky, one year my sister opened the can and took a bite as we all watched and then laughed. She has a good sense of humor and laughed to after spitting it out and getting a drink. Beautifully done. This would also be a great idea for other occasions!

anonymous on November 15, 2010:

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howdoyouspellst on October 24, 2010:

Great idea!! This would make the perfect gift for a bibliophile. ;)

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on October 21, 2010:

I had never thought of using a book themed gift basket, but what a great idea.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on October 19, 2010:

What a clever idea -- I love your gift basket ideas. A gift basket would be such a versatile gift idea because it would be different for every type of theme you chose. In the case of books, everything could revolve around the Title of the book, as you showed in your 'White Fang' example. The possibilities are endless. Thanks ... I'll never have a problem deciding on a gift again. :)

Lensrolled to my For the Love of Reading story.

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on April 12, 2010:

Great ideas, and I like your examples of what you'd put in the basket too!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 15, 2010:

Libraries sometimes hold raffles with a book basket for a prize. Good ideas here.

anonymous on February 18, 2009:

Very cool idea! I love creating gift baskets, but hadn't really thought about creating a Book Gift basket! :) Please consider including my BookWormz - they're a functional, stylish, and unique bookmark which can be found on www.bookwormz.etsy.com. Thanks much!

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