BOOKISH GIFT LIST: HIS
Books are possibly the easiest gifts to give, but the person who has a million of them may like a little something to store them in, read them with, or surround them. Here's a list of "bookish" gifts for the guy who loves books. (Generally speaking. I know plenty of bookish girls out there will like this stuff, too. A "hers" list is coming soon...)
1. THE PENGUIN DONKEY: MARK 2 BY ERNEST RACE
An ideal chairside bookcase. 3 versions of the Donkey are still in production. The Mark 2 was designed by Ernest Race in 1963, but its timeless simplicity and perfect proportions mean vintage versions still sell for the price of new ones.
2. BOOK COVER PAINTINGS
Screen printed onto stretched canvas in a variety of sizes, some great vintage book covers are available from Art Meets Matter.
3. BOOK & LIBRARY SCENTED CANDLES
By Paris-based art book publisher Assouline, these beautifully packaged candles smell of leather and paper or a wood paneled library.
4. TOLOMEO LETTURA
A less frequently seen version of the classic Tolomeo Desk lamp, the Lettura is a perfect height for reading in bed or a favorite armchair.
5. MEMBERSHIP IN A PRIVATE LIBRARY
Access to a beautiful and peaceful book haven in a busy city is like a spa visit for a book-lover. The London Library, New York Society Library, or the Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room in San Francisco are just a few of the amazing private libraries that offer gift memberships.
6. BOOKBAG FROM C'H'C'M'
Nothing but the best guys' gear at Clinton Hill Classic Mens. These canvas bags are no exception. (Check out their new storefront at 2 Bond St. in NYC.)
7. CUSTOM BOOKPLATES
One of those things that very few people would splurge on for themselves, but that anyone with a good-sized library would want. Wood engravers like Simon Brett and Andy English make bespoke bookplates based on an individual's interests and life history.
8. MANUFACTUM STAINLESS STEEL BOOKENDS
German retailer Manufactum specializes in finding elusively simple, well made things; and when it comes to simple things, bookends can be the most elusive. These stainless steel beauties are a cut above basic library supplies, without being overly decorative.