Holiday Gift Guide 2014

What’s better than books as gifts? Books AND other stuff, together, as gifts!

Here are a few gift ideas for you this holiday season:

BigLittleLiesFor the Book Clubber: Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

“A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? From the beloved author of The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot.”
Pair with fancy bookends.


GardenersGardenFor the Gardener: The Gardener’s Garden, by Madison Cox

“The ultimate garden book – both a collection of gardens from around the world and a resource for those seeking inspiration on garden design and planting. Featuring over 250 permanent gardens by leading garden designers, horticulturalists and landscape architects, from the 14th century to the present day.”

Pair with a beautiful hanging planter.

EssentialismFor the Life Guru: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown

An approach to life for those who want to get more done in less time. This book offers a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

Pair with a simple black Moleskin notebook.

WorldIceFor the Nerd: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

“This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.”

Pair with this sleek but burly beer horn.

OnePotFor the New Parents: One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals From your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More, from the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living

This is a fabulous cookbook for parents (or anyone, really) who wants to put relatively simple, easy, delicious and healthy-ish meals together on weeknights but who don’t want to just resort to quesidillas, bean burritos and scrambled eggs once again. As always, the Martha Stewart Living team has made sure these recipes are well-written and accompanied by nice images. I love this cook book!

Pair with a Lodge cast iron skillet.

BunchFor the Shopping Buddy: A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, by Sarah Lazarovic

“A witty, gracious, and charmingly illustrated anti-consumer manifesto. Like most people, Sarah Lazarovic covets beautiful things. But rather than giving in to her impulse to spend and acquire, Sarah spent a year painting the objects she wanted to buy instead. Based on a visual essay that was first published on The Hairpin, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy is a beautiful and witty take on the growing “slow shopping” movement.”

Pair with a pretty pouch to hold all the extra money she’ll save.

StationElevenFor Speculative Fiction Fans: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

“An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.”

Pair with a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, to survive the collapse.




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