Remember when you had to wrap schoolbooks in brown paper bags to protect them (and give you a place to etch your love for HazMat/Bel Biv Devoe/Lance Bass?) You won’t be tempted to doodle on the arty covers created by the Wiliamsburg-based Book City Jackets crew for the devoted pre-Kindler in your life. They come in sets of three; limited-run Artists Editions are $15, while the type-based Reading List and Bookshelf trios are $11. We like them because 1) a well-dressed bookshelf is a sign of refined readerliness and 2) you can cleverly disguise titles like this. Buy online and get free domestic shipping on orders of $25 or more, or $5 off of orders of $50 or more (with discount code BCJ2009). Or buy them at Blue Ribbon General in Boerum Hill, or the Gifted Market in Manhattan.
Read about our new $25-and-under gift series here, and if you’re a merchant, local craftsperson or a reader with a great find for this daily post, please send photos and descriptions to faye [at] brokelyn [dot] com.