15 Powerful Books by Women That Make Thoughtful Gifts

Photo: Eric Helgas

Sometimes the best gifts, the kind that continue to fascinate beyond the first rip of gift wrap, are of the page-turning sort. With this in mind, the Cut compiled a list of the most beloved, poignant, and beautiful books by and about women — some new, some old, but all sure to be revisited and re-read over and over again. There’s something for everyone on your list: for the fashion diehard, the first monograph on Ann Demeulemeester — with an introduction by Patti Smith — will feel just right; for the photography aficionado, Aperture’s book of Jo Ann Callis’s subtle and haunting early work is a gift they’re sure to cherish. For your friend with the cheekiest coffee table, there’s a new book of previously unseen Bettie Page photographs by Bunny Yaeger.

If paperbacks are more your speed, there are plenty to choose from. Buy Lorrie Moore for your mom, The White Album for the teenager who reminds you of yourself, and Elena Ferrante’s latest novel for your best friend. And, of course, the no-brainer gift of this holiday season: Women in Clothes, the playful yet dense exploration of the ways women think about what they wear, edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, is sure to take up permanent real estate on the nightstand of any woman you know.

Click through the slideshow for these and more books to give as gifts this year — photographed alongside the most sophisticated, chic jewelry of the season (just in case you want to add it to your own wish list, of course).

Photographer: Eric Helgas
Stylist: Veronica Gledhill
Photographer Assistant: Joseph Parra
Hand Models: Lauren Noble and Susan Schell
Manicurist: Geraldine Holford

15 Powerful Books by Women to Give As Gifts