Grab a tissue before you click through to this link, because you’re going to drool: Design.Y, Handmade Leather-bound Notebook.
I just found Design.Y via the Pencil Talk blog, and I had to sit on my hands to keep myself from immediately clicking the buy button for a few of these VERY expensive notebooks. At a base price of ¥3780-9410 (about $60-118 USD) each, not including shipping from Japan, these won’t be for everyone, but boy do they look nice… I don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist breaking open my piggybank…
They’re hand-made, with real leather covers. Four sizes are available, including a wonderfully chunky yet compact 600-page pocket size model. Each notebook is made to order, so you can choose the color of the ribbon marker, lined or plain paper, whether or not it has an elastic closure and whether the page edges are dyed. Brown and black leather covers are available, in either cowhide or goatskin. The paper is very thin so ink will show through, but that doesn’t seem to stop fountain pen users from raving about the lack of bleedthrough and feathering, as well as the overall high quality of the craftsmanship. The only complaint I’ve seen is that they are too nice to actually use!
You can order online from their website, and PayPal is accepted.
Only 8 months til Christmas, start dropping hints now!