Books make excellent holiday gifts. Here are some that will interest collectors, antiquers, historians and homemakers:

Tiffany Silver, by Charles A. Carpenter Jr. with Mary Grace Carpenter, $25 plus 75 cents postage. This carefully researched volume contains exceptional photos and information about silver tableware and other pieces produced by Tiffany & Co. Published by Dodd Mead, 79 Madison Ave., New York 10016.

Dictionary of 19th Century Antiques and Later Objets d'Art, by George Savage; 401 pages, $22.50 plus 75 cents postage. This important volume focuses on antique treasures of the 19th Century, and has both black and white and color photos. It is for those who favor ornate and artistic antiques. From G. P. Putnam's Sons, 200 Madison Ave., New York 10016.

Whiskey -- An American Pictorial History, by Oscar Getz, $12.95 plus $1 postage. Filled with legend, lore, pictures and the fascinating history of the "evil drink" and related antiques and collectibles. For collectors or the just-curious, from the Friends of the Barton Museum of Whiskey History, 55 E. Monroe St., Chicago 60603.

100 Currier & Ives Favorites, by Baragwanath, $17.95, for those who favor 19th century prints, it includes colorful ones that were journalistic as well as artistic. From Crown Publishers, Inc. One Park Ave., New York 10016 (add 75 cents postage).

The Little House Cookbook -- Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories, by Barbara M. Walker, with illustrations by Garth Williams, $8.95. A book of good old country cooking from prairie folk and pioneers. From Harper & Row, 10 E. 53rd St., New York 10022 (add 75 cents postage for each book ordered).

Here are two from the University of Chicago Press, 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago 60637 (add 75 cents postage for each book ordered):

A Timeless Affair -- The Life of Anita McCormick Blaine, by Gilbert A. Harrison, $15. It contains fascinating old photos and prints showing long-ago lifestyles, vivid descriptions.

Hyde Park Houses, by Jean F. Block, with photos by Samuel W. Block, Jr., $12.95, for those who love the charm of old houses. It contains valuable Chicago architectural information.

Pattern Glass Primer, by McCain ($14.95, softcover; plus $3 for a corresponding 1980 price guide). This book lists and identifies more than 2,000 patterns with excellent drawings of each. From Lamplighter Books, 101 Main St., Leon, Ia. 50144 (add 75 cents postage for each item ordered).

Lamplighter has collectors' calendars for 1980 including a Folk Art Calendar and a Country Wildlife Calendar, $5.95 each or, if both or more are ordered, $4.95 each. They contain 11" x 14" color prints suitable for framing.

These collectors' books come from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Box E, Exton, Pa. 19341 (add $1 postage for each book ordered):

The Brass Book, 447 pages, $35. It has photographs of American, English and European brass antiques dating from the 15th century through 1850.

Antique Iron, $35, with more than 850 examples of antique ironware dating from the 15th through the 19th centuries.

A Complete Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes, $25, that pictures and describes antique pipes of wood, carved meerschaum, porcelain and silver.

American Bird Decoys, $19.95, a reprint from a past edition, and Decoys of the Mid-Atlantic Region, $19.95. For those who think decoys are ducky, the books list makers to help date handmade decoys of antique as well as modern origin.

And all of these are put out by the Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1912 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Ia. 50305 (add 75 cents for each book ordered):

Wallace-Homestead Price Guide to Antiques and Pattern Glass (paperback, $9.95). The brand-new sixth edition.

A Collector's Guide to Spoons Aound the World, by Rainwater and Felger; 406 pages, $19.95. A corresponding price guide is $4. This book, perfect for spoon collectors, contains 2,000 photos.

Oil Lamps -- The Kerosene Era in North America, by Thuro; $28.50 plus $3 for its corresponding price guide. This outstanding volume contains more than 1,000 photos of kerosene lamps and accessories.

Evolution of the Night Lamp, by McDonald, $17.95. For those who favor mini-kerosene lamps, this book pictures and identifies nearly 200.

Haviland China: Volume One, by Jacobson, $19.95. It's a pattern identification guide with a separate Haviland China Color-Code Guide. Then, too, there's Grandmother's Haviland by Young, $9.95.

Hummel Art, by Hotchkiss, contains more than 400 color plates; $17.95 plus $3.95 for the Hummel Art Price Guide and Supplement.

For those who adore farm lore, country folk, and the charm of the past, books by Otha D. Wearin, with illustrations by Felix Summers, are Before the Colors Fade, Grass Grown Trails, Along Our Country Roads, and I Remember Yesteryear. They're $5.95 each or $19.95 for all four volumes.

Last but not least, here's one for every collector of glass, pottery, porcelain, furniture, cast-iron banks and toys, metalware and woodenware:

Confusing Collectibles -- A Gude to the Identification of Contemporary Objects, by Hammond, $14.95, pictures and identifies various reproductions and copies to teach the collector how to avoid making costly mistakes.