And so I’d like to share with you my 12 personal favorites for Christmas this year. Only one costs more than $100, which is fitting in this bah-humbug economy.
Here they are—my Twelve Delights of Christmas Presents (including a ghost from Christmas Past):
1. Bloomsbury Stocked Bookbag, $58
Even Santa wants this bag, a delight to give all the booklovers you love. The $30 worth of bookish treasure inside is a bonus; the trusty bag will please for years to come.
2. Double Zip Eyeglass Case, on sale at $38
3. Shirt Pocket Briefcase, $38
This Levenger classic never needs recharging—except with more 3x5 cards. It’s amazing to me how many technology lovers won’t be without their so-very-retro Pocket Briefcase. Beautifully gift boxed, too.
4. Bomber Jacket Slim Wallet, $58
5. Lapreader, $38
Levenger is the world’s epicenter for lap desk and reading pillow designs, and our new Lapreader has taken off like Harry Potter. Marvelous for all types of readers. (Even our two dorm-dwelling sons dig theirs.)
Does someone you know just love to read and write in bed? If so, your loved one is in good company indeed—from Winston Churchill to Edith Wharton. This is the gift of productive luxury they might treasure the very most.
6. Lapster, $128
7. Ledgerdomain Journal, $26
We wanted to make a journal as good as they ever were—maybe better. Our customers concluded that we just may have done it with the Ledgerdomain. And a leading journaler, bestselling author Gail Godwin, has given it two thumbs up.
8. Circa Irresistible Kit, $40
How do Circa lovers spread the joy? They buy their friends this kit. You may not think paper and plastic is the sexiest gift, but if it’s organization they want in 2010, this is the ticket. The kit includes lots of Circa goodies, plus—and this is what makes it irresistible— a $40 gift card. You won’t have to stand under the mistletoe for them to kiss you.
9. L-Tech Rollerball, $68
Does he go for manly tools? Heavy ratchets and socket sets? This solid-brass pen was born in the same factory. You can’t heft it without going “Wow.” And it can write fine or thick and everything in between with our German precision-made refills. (Get the sampler pack to go with.)
10. True Writer, Kyoto, $46
A traditional pen for Christmas—how wonderfully retro. This Levenger favorite can write either like a liquid rollerball, or for a mile with the long-lasting ballpoint refill (included). Be sure to order the ballpoint sampler, which is such fun for them to try out. Get ready to hear, “Ah…that’s beautiful!”
11. John F. Kennedy: His Inaugural Address (book and DVD), $48
Watch the actual footage of Kennedy’s inaugural and then see how it came to life. The working documents seem to float off the page into your hands. So many answered Kennedy’s call—including David McCullough—and here’s why the words held such power (still do). Inspire your own loved one to ask how to help this country we love. A coffee-table scrumptious book that’s much more than just pictures.
12. The Prompt Copy of A Christmas Carol, $48
I had no idea what a prompt copy meant when this project began with The New York Public Library: it’s the copy an actor uses on stage. And this is the gorgeous and quite useful reproduction of the single copy that Charles Dickens himself owned and lovingly edited down for his own public readings. Now you can read it yourself on stage, or in your home, in the version the master storyteller found most rewarding for live audiences.
13. Book Bungee, $6 (5 for $20)
Because every dozen needs one more—here are five Bungees jumping into stockings with care. These Levenger classics are a sure-fire hit for the readers ‘round your tree. Elegantly do they keep your page and protect your book.
And yes, there’s still time—but not too much—to give these or your own favorites.
I hope Levenger brings joy and delight to all those whose lives you make merry and bright.