Bookish Gifts for the Holidays: 10 Top Picks

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For more than a decade, Fine Books has produced a holiday gift guide for bibliophiles. All year long, we bookmark unique items that come to our attention, and then, when the season arrives, we share the list of our favorite things. Here are the top ten for 2022: 

Women Writer’s Cocktail Glasses
Uncommon Goods

Cocktail glasses featuring the first edition inside covers and opening lines of two iconic feminist narratives—Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Uncommon Goods, $30

Antique book table

A resin base in the shape of antique books and a sleek clear glass tabletop equals perfect library furniture. Perigold, $1,545

Shakespeare Game
Laurence King

A new, award-winning board game that has players racing around Elizabethan London in the footsteps of William Shakespeare. Laurence King, $35

Lithophane Light
Museum of Jurassic Technology Gift Shop

Iguassú Falls Lithophane Night Light, hand-made in Irvine, California, using techniques from a lost photographic art of the 1800s called “Lithophanes.” Museum of Jurassic Technology gift shop, $27

Bronze Owl Figurine
Scully & Scully

A handsome figurine showing a bookish owl with an inkpot, sculpted and handprinted in Austria. Scully & Scully, $225

Library Rollerball Pen

The Library rollerball pen, designed by Retro 51 for Levenger, has a barrel featuring literary classics. Levenger, $54.50

Agatha Christie tea
Harney & Sons

Agatha Christie tea: two tins celebrating the mystery maven’s Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. Harney & Sons, $19.95

book tree
Uncommon Goods

Upcycled literary trees crafted from cork and paper; subtle yet effective. Uncommon Goods, $55

James Baldwin candle
Harlem Candle Co.

A James Baldwin-inspired deluxe candle, scented with cardamom and smoked incense, in a decorative ceramic vessel. Harlem Candle Co., $98

Book Club Mug
Rifle Paper Co.

A pretty book club mug made of porcelain with gilded accents. Rifle Paper Co., $22

Need more inspiration? Check out last year’s Anytime Gifts for Bibliophiles