gifts for studies

























The London Review Bookshop's Close Readings Plus: Among the Ancients: a subscription that includes "carefully chosen translations of Homer, Sappho, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Catullus, Lucretius, Virgil, Horace, Ovid and Seneca," exclusive podcasts, and live seminars led by Emily Wilson(!). (This is at the tippy-top of my personal wishlist.)
An array of Postalco notebooks, specifically the A6 size with Pin-graph paper (the best). 
A prism magnifier, for parsing small print.
Colorful pens, for notes in the margins.
Vintage ring engraved by Annina Vogel with the phrase: "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
An extremely elegant, be-fringed reading chair (or a replica of the chairs for curators and readers at the Bodleian Library).
A wooly jacket for woolgathering walks.
A complex perfume that smells like fall evenings.
An e-reader that seems almost too good to be true, perfect for reading open-source digital documents—it lets you read and mark-up PDFs (and 16 other file formats) with handwritten notes and can convert written text to audio, so that you can rest your eyes and listen.
sturdy bag for toting books home from the library.
A new idea (always welcome, even in postcard form).