To celebrate the holiday spirit, the Celadon team shares their favorite bookish gifts that they have given or received.
Publisher and President
Every Christmas, I give my kids a book I’ve loved at some point in my life but know they haven’t read or are unlikely to ever buy on their own. I choose books that had meaning for me when I was younger, and that I think would resonate with my son or daughter now. Books in the past have ranged from Marjorie Morningstar to The Moviegoer to The Magus.
Co-publisher and Senior Vice President
When I was in college, Knopf published a collection of John Cheever’s short stories. It had a bright orange cover and received a lot of attention. My parents gave it to me as a Christmas gift and inscribed it … the book remains on my shelf as a treasured present from my book-loving parents. Later in life, I would go on to edit several books by Cheever’s daughter … so perhaps they were prescient!
Senior Director, Consumer Marketing
I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so when we received a box of “bookies” (book cookies) recently, I thought it was one of the cutest book gifts I’ve seen. The bookies were made by a local bakery, but Eleni’s makes similarly delicious, customized cookies and ships nationwide.
When I had wrist surgery, a friend sent this book stand because she knew it would be hard for me to read one-handed. It was so thoughtful and appreciated. And now that I’m all healed, it’s great for propping open cookbooks!
Junior Designer and Studio Coordinator
If you need help thinking of a book bucket list, this is a wonderful gift that always inspires me to choose my next book. I always look forward to scratching out the books and seeing my progress!
One of my favorite scents is from a perfumery out of Portland, Oregon, called Imaginary Authors. It was started with the idea that a fragrance could be as inspirational as a good book, complete with layered narratives and vivid imagery. Each fragrance follows a compelling storyline that you can curl up with, generate conversation with friends, and take with you, to return to again and again for a transcendent experience. My favorite is called Whispered Myths.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate a book is to write down a memorable quote. I track these in this beautiful Five Year Memory Book. I can also see how frequently I read and reminisce on past books.