Wondering what to gift the book lover in your life? While I always love receiving a bookstore gift card , bibliophiles will swoon over many other book-related presents. This gift guide rounds up some of my top bookish gifts for this year…beautiful fine editions of classic works of literature, laptop and iPad covers that look like books, book boxes, library-inspired stationery, and much more. Personally, I love the fine editions and PosterText’s literary posters..hint hint, dear family.. ;) Happy gifting! -Barbara
1. Penguin Classics released a gorgeous cloth-bound set of classic works of literature, with covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. (Usually $20 each, $12.44 on Amazon). There’s also a great new Penguin series for children, available at Anthropologie ($20).
2. BOOK for iPad is a clever handmade iPad case that looks like a book. Inside the hardcover, a 100% wool felt sleeve protects your iPad. ($99, or $109-$119 for customizations).
3. PosterText Over 20 posters each feature a book’s text shaped into an image of a memorable scene or object from the book. ($23.99-$34.99, currently offering free shipping if you buy 3 or more).
4. Book boxes Of all the book boxes I’ve seen, I think Wisteria’s are the prettiest. They resemble a stack of vintage French books (stacks are 2 or 3 books), and available in red, pink, blue, green, turquoise and stripes. ($44-49, on sale $30.80-34)
5. BookBook iMac case If I had a Mac, I’d be all over this hardback case that looks like an old book. Designed by TwelveSouth for the MacBook Pro (though not the white one) it comes in 13-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch size. ($79-$99)
6. The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, part of a beautiful Penguin hardback series with cover designs by Coralie Bickford-Smith (click here for Flappers and Philosophers, or here for The Beautiful and Damned).
7. Bookplates by Cavallini. Colorful bookplates to personalize a library. Cavallini products are also carried by Paper Source, Pottery Barn, Blick Art Materials, Papyrus, Anthropologie, and Barnes & Noble.
9. Book City Jackets’ “Reading List” book jackets. For times when you want to be discreet about your reading choice, disguise your books with these Moby Dick, Ulysses, and War & Peace covers. ($12 for set of 3).
10. Treasure Island, Fine Edition. Cloth-bound editions of favorite books, with wraparound cover artwork from leading illustrators. Other titles in the series are: Sherlock Holmes: His Greatest Cases, Emma, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol and Other Stories, Sonnets and Poems, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice.
11. Knock Knock Personal Library Kit This nifty kit for library lovers includes 20 self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, a pencil, date stamp, and ink pad. ($15.97)
12. Print for a Little Reader. This poster by Grace Hester Designs on Etsy lists children’s book titles in different typefaces. The artist was inspired by her daughter’s current and all-time favorite reads. ($20, for $10 extra choose your own book titles).
14. PaperSource bookmarks ($1.95).
15. Faber 80th Anniversary Poetry Editions. Illustrators and printmakers were commissioned for the covers of six new editions of twentieth-century poetry (by W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, John Betjemen, T.S. Eliot, and Ted Hughes) and the woodcut and linocut results on the covers and matching endpapers are just beautiful. ($12.66)
16. Kindle. I know some die-hard book lovers will only read from paper editions, but I think a huge number of reading enthusiasts (myself included) would also love this electronic reading device. I’d love one for vacations, instead of having to lug a bunch of books in my suitcase! ($139)
17. Glass ball bookends from Restoration Hardware. (68.99)
18. Book Clock. This fully functioning clock is made out of a copy of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.
19. On Reading, by Andre Kertesz. A compilation of André Kertész’ photographs, which capture people reading all over the world. Anyone who loves to read will love this this book. ($19.77)
20. Novel-T literary shirts. Nerdy book t-shirts? What’s not to love? Don a t-shirt to show where your literary allegiance lies. ($29.95)
21. Demeter Paperback fragrance From Demeter’s website: “A dusty old copy of a Barbara Pym novel did it for us. This Demeter scent is sweet and just a touch musty, a lot like Pym’s world come to think of it. Read her if you haven’t. Her writing is wonderful, if slightly musty, English satire from the 60s and 70s.” ($20 for 1oz.)