Culled from all of our Book issues, the all-time best books to give (and who gives them).


A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss — John Derian

A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe — Duro Olowu

A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien — Alex Kuczynski

A Wonderful Time by Slim Aarons — Anna Dello Russo, Vogue Nippon

All the Clothes of a Woman by Hans-Peter Feldmann — Leanne Shapton

American Freak Show by Willie Geist — Willie Geist, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and NBC's Today Show

The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook — Eleni Gianopulos, Eleni's New York

An Eye for Design by Allegra Hicks — Allegra Hicks


Billy Baldwin Decorates by Billy Baldwin — Deborah Needleman, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Blindness by José Saramago — Mario Batali


Creature by Andrew Zuckerman — Amy Astley, Teen Vogue

Consider the Oyster by M.F.K. Fisher — Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker and

Country by Jasper Conran — Pilar Guzmán, Martha Stewart Living

Country Girl by Edna O'Brien — Tina Brown, The Daily Beast

Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman — Emily Schuman, Cupcakes and Cashmere


Diana Vreeland: An Illustrated Biography by Eleanor Dwight — Jason Wu

Dominion by Matthew Scully — Kathy Freston

D.V. by Diana Vreeland — Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times


Farm City by Novella Carpenter — Sally Singer, Vogue

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim — Frank Rich, New York Magazine

Fraud by David Rakoff — Sloane Crosley


Ghost Light by Frank Rich — Alex Witchel, New York Times

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss — Deborah Aaronson, Abrams

Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg — Jeff Klein, JK Hotel Group


Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn — Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts

Hamptons Gardens by Jack de Lashmet — Aerin Lauder

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie — Karen Finerman, Metropolitan Capital Advisors


I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg — Bonnie Morrison

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris — Kaley Cuoco

Isabel Toledo by Valerie Steele and Patricia Mears — Narciso Rodriguez


Jackie: A Life in Pictures by Yann-Brice Dherbier and Pierre-Henri Verlhac — Michelle Adams

Jacques Garcia: Decorating in the French Style by Franck Ferrand — Bronson van Wyck

Just Kids by Patti Smith — Hanneli Mustaparta


La Technique by Jacques Pepin — John DeLucie

Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein by Marguerite Duras — Virginie Mouzat, Vanity Fair France

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis — Gabe Doppelt, The Daily Beast

Lift by Kelly Corrigan — Kelly Corrigan

Love by Yves Saint Laurent — Ana Maria Pimentel, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman

Lulu by Lulu de Kwiatkowski — Lulu de Kwiatkowski


Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer — Samantha Marcus Yanks, Niche Media

Mirror of Venus by Wingate Paine— Jennifer Livingston

Model Home by Eric Puchner — Elin Hilderbrand

My First Loves by Ivan Klíma — Margaret Betts

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. — Ji Baek, Rescue Beauty Lounge


Naples '44 by Norman Lewis — Matt Tyrnauer, Vanity Fair

Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen — Mark Sarvas, The Elegant Variation


One Flight Up by Susan Fales-Hill — Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez — Nina García, Marie Claire


The Penguin Poets Series by Stephen Russ — Jacob Weisberg, Slate Group

Photographs 1961-1967 by Dennis Hopper — Emanuele Della Valle

Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion — Roman Alonso, Commune

Polaroids, 1971-1986 by Andy Warhol — Joe Zee, Elle

Poolside by Slim Aarons — Kelley Lilien


Scavullo on Beauty by Francesco Scavullo — Amanda Brooks

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda — Kate Foley, Opening Ceremony

Scruples by Judith Krantz — Hillary Kerr, Who What Wear

Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr, Jordan Mackay and Ed Anderson — Jessica Rowe, The Aestate

Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut by Jill Kargman — Jill Kargman

Spécialités de la Maison by American Friends of France — Alexandra Kotur, Town & Country and Parasol

Style by Kate Spade — Christene Barberich, Refinery29


The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton — Cindi Leive, Glamour

The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook by Alice B. Toklas — Kevin West, W Magazine and Saving the Season

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake — Doug Keeve

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger — Dree Hemingway

The Fear by Peter Godwin — Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln — Lea Carpenter

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein — Nathan Turner

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton — Jennifer Egan

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende — Bette Franke

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa — Ann Brashares

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono — Shala Monroque

The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger and Dr. Catherine Birndorf — Lucy Danziger, Self

The Royal Portraits by Cecil Beaton — Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune

The Secret History by Donna Tartt — Cooper Ray, Social Primer

The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers — Jennifer Walsh, William Morris Agency

The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell — Laura Moriarty

The Time In Between by María Dueñas — Elizabeth Chandler, Goodreads

The Unexpurgated Beaton by Cecil Beaton — David Netto

The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places by Alexandra Kotur — Fiona Kotur Marin

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion — Ariel Foxman, InStyle

Them by Francine du Plessix Gray — Karla Martinez de Salas, W Magazine

Todd Eberle: Empire of Space by Todd Eberle — Todd Eberle

Town/Country by Geoffrey Zakarian — Geoffrey Zakarian

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh — Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED Projects


Undateable by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle — Adam Glassman, O, The Oprah Magazine


Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles and Calvin Klein — Carolina Irving


Walter Albini and His Time by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi — Stefano Tonchi, W Magazine

World on Fire by Amanda Foreman — Marina Rust

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