Gift Guide 2019: 6 gifts perfect for your bookworm buddy

Make book club even better with these literary-inspired gifts. Plus, DMV-based journalist Aimee Agresti shares how she’ll be spending the holidays in NoVA.

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Aimee Agresti, DMV-based journalist and author of Campaign Widows. (Photo courtesy of Aimee Agresti)

What’s on your wish list this year?
“Beloved books deserve the best accessories, right? Jazz up that bookshelf with these chic, wise owls!”

owl bookends
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Menagerie Owl Bookend Set: Designer Jonathan Adler makes everything cooler, including books. ($105)

What’s your favorite NoVA holiday tradition?
“Every holiday season I love to go out for a totally decadent afternoon tea with my mom and sister. It’s our gift to each other (and ourselves!). There’s no more perfect place than the Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner: The delicate sandwiches and precious confections are almost too pretty to eat, the setting is gorgeous, oh, and the tea is good too (try the caramel blend!). We spend hours chatting, laughing, catching up, and that’s, of course, the best treat of all. Well … that and the fact that they also serve Champagne!”

This post originally appeared in our December 2019 issue. For more shopping content, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, and for more holiday stories, head to our Holiday Headquarters.

Gift Guide


culture lounge blue candle
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Culture Lounge Library Candle: Add this candle by a coffee table book publisher to your book nook. ($50)

gray cotton throw
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Gray Cotton Throw: Cozy up with this luxe blanket from Uncommon James for an afternoon with a good book. ($100-$149)

copper pen goals
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Pen Goals Copper Pen: For the friend who likes to journal and make notes in her books, this pen says it all. ($25)

gradient green and yellow puzzle
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Gradient Puzzle Collection: A puzzle that’s meant to be more of a meditation is the perfect break from an enthralling book. ($25)


airpod carrier case
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Elago Leather AirPods Case: Store your AirPods, otherwise known as your audiobook listening device, in style. ($20)

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