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FB&C Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Our top unique gift ideas of those who cherish books and bookish goodies by Rebecca Rego Barry and Nate Pedersen Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of this magazine and the author of Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places. Nate Pedersen is a librarian and journalist in Oregon and author of the upcoming Quackery: The Worst Ways to Cure Everything.

Printer’s Writing Desk

Printer’s Writing Desk

Modeled after a vintage printer’s desk, with the requisite abundance of small cubbies for storing type, the Printer’s Writing Desk from Pottery Barn is a particularly appropriate choice for the collector’s home library. The various components of the desk can be combined in any configuration you prefer, giving you significant control over the aesthetics and functionality of the desk. The Tuscan chestnut finish is hand-applied, with distressed and burnished edges to create the appearance of a beloved antique. Other finish options include artisanal black and artisanal white. $799-1,419

www.potterybarn.com

Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Sea Monster Bookends

Sea Monster Bookends

A required purchase for Lovecraft and Melville collectors, these hand-cut carbon steel sea monster bookends will secure one’s treasures from plunderers (and the forces of gravity). Handmade in Kentucky by metalworker Eric Gross, these bookends bring a flash of sci-fi to the shelf. If that’s your thing, find them at Brooklyn’s Uncommon Goods. Measures 6.5" L x 4" W x 6.5" H. $65

www.uncommongoods.com

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

Peter Rabbit Coin

Peter Rabbit Coin

Peter Rabbit, the beloved creation of Beatrix Potter, earned the honor in 2016 of becoming the first children’s book character to appear on a British coin. Issued in celebration of the author’s 150th birthday, the 50p coin bears the instantly recognizable visage of literature’s favorite garden thief. The colored version, with Peter’s signature blue jacket, has already sold out, but the unlimited printing of the uncolored version can be purchased directly from the Royal Mint. It’s an ideal present for the young reader in your life. A Jemima Puddle-Duck coin is available now too, as is a Beatrix Potter coin collector album. Collect them all! £10/$13

www.royalmint.com

Courtesy of Nate Pedersen

Bookish Brew

Bookish Brew

Whether your taste runs to coffee or tea, your literary sensibilities will remain in check with either of these delightful options. From Balzac’s Coffee Roasters in Ontario, Canada, comes the Atwood Blend, named for Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood. This amber microroast is mild, with a caramel finish. And because Atwood is a bird lover, this organic and shade-grown blend raises funds and awareness for Canada’s Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Tea connoisseurs, however, should take note of the Plum Deluxe Reading Nook Tea Blend from Portland, Oregon,“created for enjoying while perfecting some of our dearest passions: reading, writing, and enjoying conversation with friends.” One of the shop’s signature teas, this loose-leaf organic black tea is blended with subtle strands of rose, lavender, vanilla, and chamomile. It is deliciously delicate and fragrant. Each one-ounce packet makes 15-20 cups. Coffee: $18/lb.; Tea: $7/oz.

Coffee: www.balzacs.com

Tea: www.plumdeluxe.com

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