Holiday Shopping Guide: 8 Gifts for Book Lovers
In a world that increasingly favors digital and paperless technology the experience of reading books is not the same as it used to be, but no matter if you prefer turning pages by pressing a button on an e-reader or by hand the old fashioned way there will always be something magical and mysterious about real paper books. A new Kindle and a boatload of e-books is great for some reads (like working through the current New York Times best-seller list) but when it comes to true reading luxury and timeless, endearing gifts for the book lovers on your holiday shopping list we say go for good old-fashioned hardcovers and beautiful, well-made accessories.
Bee & Butterfly Bookmarks, $30
As pretty as antique jewelry these Bee and Butterfly bookmarks are handmade in the USA of brass and plated metal with colored Swarovski crystal accents, beautiful floral patterns, and long colorful tassels. Perfect for a gardener or nature-loving reader, unwrapping them will be easy but hiding them away in a book won't be!
WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers, $65
312 dreamy pages perfect for any fashionista, this special edition large-format book celebrates the 100th anniversary of WWD by taking a nostalgic look back over the last century of fashion industry news and style and highlights 100 of the iconic designers that helped to shape it.
Chrome Silver Bookends, $229
Rare is the home without a shelf or two of unruly books and these highly shined chrome bookends are perfect for getting them under control. They naturally have an executive feel but due to the simple lines and versatile silver will easily fit into a variety of decor schemes.
Grand Livre de Cuisine, $250
World-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse takes foodies of all skill levels on a culinary adventure of 700 French and Mediterranean recipes that are based on 100 basic ingredients and 10 basic cooking styles. Fully illustrated with instructions on plating and recipes for accompaniments included.
Luxury Toys, $50
For those with a taste for all things expensive and indulgent a book of eye-candy for the luxury-loving soul. 220 pages of fantasy in the form of fast cars, sleek yachts, and private jets including names like Lamborghini, Maserati, and Gulfstream.
Signature Photo Book, $65
I'm loving photo books this year so give the gift of beautiful and precious memories by putting together a 97-photo personalized book for your loved one. Features include a linen book-cloth cover, vellum end leaves and a customizable title page. Lots of planning and time involved to get it put together but once you do it will last a lifetime.
Windows of Bergdorf Goodman, $550
The shop-aholic on your list will love this collection of Bergdorf Goodman's most awe-inspiring window displays, captured in large and gorgeous hand-tipped images. A hand-bound and slipcased collector's edition it's a perfect coffee table book and conversation starter.
1616 First Folio Edition King James Bible, $7,950
And finally, for the bibliophile who has everything, the ultimate collector's gift in the form of an original Bible dating back hundreds of years. There are any number of antique Bibles out there in all conditions and price ranges but this King James version is especially appealing as it's in remarkably good shape and dates to 1616.