The all-time best books to give and who gives them, compiled from past and present Book issues, (The Tory Daily pick? Would you be surprised if we said Tory Burch In Color, above?)


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

A. B. C. by Marlene Dietrich
Lesley M. M. Blume

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

Bluets by Maggie Nelson, The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
Stephanie Danler


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


Geography by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
— Joan Julien Buck

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 Weight of the World by Peter Handke
Katie Kitamura

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