If you saw the makeshift side table I created using a candleholder and a stack of books, you know I don't ask much of my nightstand: a small surface to set my jewelry, reading material, and iPhone will do. That said, while I may be minimalist, there are still some who require much less.
If all you need is a place to stash your nightly reading material, perhaps the ES Collection Book Mark ($26) is right up your alley. Essentially a bookshelf and a bookmark in one, the simple, powdercoated steel accessory can be installed on the wall beside your bed, and it will mark your place in your book while holding the book itself. Inspired by the shape of a traditional bookmark, the shelf of sorts, available in white, black, or orange, is cleverly hole punched and embellished with a ribbon.
Could you get by with this über-minimalist nightstand?