Happy Holidays to everyone. Hanukkah starts this weekend and the countdown to Christmas is well under way. I love the holidays and I think books go very well with the holiday spirit. This time of year I help a lot of clients with book gifts – personally I think books are the best gift you can get anyone, any age, hands down – I’ll debate anyone in the world on this (and I’ll write a separate post about why I believe it to be true.)
This time of year I like to get creative with books in a variety of ways. First – I like to come up with interesting ways to wrap books. Secondly I like to make things out of books like a Menorah or a Christmas Tree in the holiday spirit. And third, I like to roll out a whole bunch of new book sets that you can give as gifts. So here are our new introductions:
1. The third in our series of Harry Potter book sets is our Slytherin Edition. The idea behind our Harry Potter book sets is to give fans of the series a personalized way to own the books that is different from the edition that “everyone else has” So if you Harry Potter is your favorite, Gryffindor may be for you – Gryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry. Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit. Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness – if you identify with Voldemort, this edition is for you.
2. Penguin Classics Variations. OK, we could write a book about all the different ways we sell the Penguin Classics so we’ll just have to make a list to simplify it for now. To date, our most popular options have been our Custom Set of 10 Penguins (you pick the titles from a list of 32 available options – this option is featured in the current issue of Real Simple Magazine), plus our Penguin 10, Penguin 20 and Penguin 30. Just in time for the holidays this year we also have made the following products available for sale:
- Charles Dickens Set
- Jane Austen Set
- Penguin 5
- Penguin 5 – Group B
- Penguin 5 – Group C
- Penguin 5 – Group D
- Penguin 10 – Group B
- Penguin 10 – Group C
- Penguin 20 – Group B
3. Italian Cookbooks: 5 Classic cookbooks that we wrapped in custom book jackets in the colors of the Italian Flag. A great gift for cooks. Includes classics such as The Silver Spoon published by Phaidon.
4. French Cookbooks: 5 Classic French cookbooks in the colors of the French Flag. Features Julia Child, Escoffier and more!
5. Blue Literary Classics: Our Red Literary Classics set has been a hit, so we have introduced a second set with a different group of literary classics. The books are published by Everyman’s Library. Soon to be sold by Anthropologie!
6. Mark Twain Set – inspired by the cover of the original edition of Huckleberry Finn. Published by Library of America.
7. John Steinbeck Set. Also published by Library of America. In jackets inspired by the artwork for the first edition of The Grapes of Wrath.
8. William Faulkner. Another fine set of books published by Library of America in jackets we designed using the first edition of Light of August as our inspiration.
I hope you enjoy the book sets we offer as much as we enjoy creating them!