A list of recommended gifting for lovers of literature, food, art and more

The best thing about Christmas is that it’s the season of giving — and what better gift than a really good book? The end of a year, nay, a decade, is an ideal time to slow down, unwind, and reflect — best accomplished, we believe, while steadily working your way through a great story.

We bring you books that will make for wonderful gifts — for yourself or your loved ones — this Christmas. We’ve got you covered with an array of interests too. From literature and food to nature and art, our curated list has something for just about everyone. So skim through, splurge a little, and bask in the warm glow of a great book.

Asymmetry (2018) by Lisa Halliday


Christmas Stories (2007) by Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics Series


Colour (2017) by Marion Deuchars


The Family Table (2019) by Aysha Tanya


Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London (2016) by Lauren Elkin


Hidden Kingdom (2019) by Nirupa Rao


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate (2016) by Peter Wohlleben


Hokusai: A Life in Drawing (2016) by Henri-Alexis Baatsch


The New Yorker Book of Literary Cartoons (2000), edited by Bob Mankoff


Pictures from Italy (2012) by Charles Dickens, Art by Livia Signorini


Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels through Japan’s Food Culture (2015) by Matt Goulding


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir (2019) by Ruth Reichl


A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader (2018), edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick


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