Happy Valentine's Day!

Browse our unique gifts to find the perfect way to say "I love you." We're sitting on a treasure trove of thoughtful presents, including fine jewelry, chocolates, bags, soaps, candles, and more. Don't forget the card!

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Watermark Bindery

Watermark Bindery:

The Watermark Bindery was founded in 1973 by John Hansen, a Seattle aspiring writer who found himself unable to buy a notebook he enjoyed writing in. Each book is made from fine materials and sewn by hand, so they lie flat when open. The covers are made with selected handmade papers from around the world, each different from the next. Pages are archival, chlorine-free paper with a deckle edge. The result is a blank book you will enjoy and really use. Use them as journals, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, photo albums, guest books, and more. Write something on the first page to someone special, or fill a photo album with pictures for a unique gift.


Joli JewelryJoli Jewelry

This gorgeous limited edition vintage jewelry is made mostly from ’20s-’60s period glass, ’40s-’80s plastics including celluloid and Bakelite, and semi-precious stones like new jade, coral, agates, carnelian, onyx, amethyst, and more. 


Silk ScarvesNeeru Kumar Silk Scarves:

Neeru Kumar is one of the top weavers and designers of India, whose products enjoy worldwide acclaim and popularity. Classy and refined, her handwoven silk scarves have a refined sense of aesthetics and sophisticated use of color.


Scrabble NecklacesScrabble Necklaces

Scrabble Tile Necklaces from In Small Packages:

These fun, funky pendant necklaces, each made by hand, using reclaimed Scrabble tiles, are reversible with charming images on the side opposite the letter (pick out the first letter of your loved one's name!).




Functional and fun to carry, Baggallini bags are well known for their distinctive color pallets, fun fabrics and lightweight durability.


My Mother's ButtonsMy Mother's Buttons:

These one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories are made from antique and vintage buttons from around the world, which date back as far as the early 1800s.



Lucia Candles and Soaps:

Lucia's sophisticated candles and soaps use 100% natural vegetable and botanical oils and vegetable-based colors that will leave your skin feeling clean and soft. The gorgeous packaging is printed on recycled paper with vegetable based inks. 


MoleskineMoleskine Bags:

Bringing the personality of the legendary notebook to the classic over-the-shoulder urban carryall, the Moleskine bags are robust and flexible pieces to accompany your travels, whether near or far. This family of contemporary travel bags is designed for life on the move.





Ringing In The New

Another page in the calendar has turned and a new year is underway, hopefully one that brings positive change while retaining the best elements of the old one. That's what we're always trying to do here--offer you new books and new ways of interacting with us without altering the essence of our store.

Our first author event of the year happens on Friday, January 6th, as Julie Marie Wade visits the store to read from her lyrical essay collection Small Fires. Mother and daughter parse reconciliation and celebration, all in an attempt to answer the question--what have you given up to become who you are?

Speaking of calendars as we were above, all 2012 calendars are currently 50% off, and all holiday-themed books and cards are also discounted 50% while they last. This is the time those commendable people who are more organized than most plan ahead, stock up, and save. We hereby resolve to become people like that. As soon as we get through this pile of reading we're working on, that is.

The Greatest Gift Is A Passion For Reading

It's the season of glad tidings and warm hearts, but also of inclement skies and cold temperatures. The barometer and the thermometer may be falling, but our store is always warm and dry, and the activity level is rising. New books are arriving every day, along with a surprising variety of toys, games, housewares, and other items. Check out our gift page or better yet, drop in and see everything that's on the shelves.

In our ongoing attempt to recreate at least a bit of the real-world Island Books on our website, we're launching a new feature. Something we take a good deal of pride in is our ability to find the right book for the right person. Collectively we have over 100 years of bookselling experience (we suspect it may be more than 150 years, but saying that makes us feel old) that we can bring to bear when recommendations are needed, and we're giving you the opportunity to ask for our help online. Visit our Ask the Booksellers page, make a post on our Facebook wall, or just send us an email to ask us tough questions about books for tough customers.


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