Monday, October 17, 2022

#HolidayGiftGuide - Books That Make Great Gifts!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Ulysses Press and Rocky Nook for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Check out this fantastic roundup of books that make great gifts this holiday season:

For Kids:

35 Photographers Who Changed How We See the World
Darcy Reed

Explore 35 of the most groundbreaking, creative female photographers in history and modern times!
Ever since photography was invented almost 200 years ago, women have broken barriers and influenced the artform. Now, this first-ever children’s book about women photographers tells the stories of 35 of the most talented historical and contemporary shutterbugs.

Filled with colorful illustrations, this book includes stories about Dorothea Lange’s haunting portraits of American history, Margaret Bourke-White’s bravery as the first female war correspondent in WWII, Florestine Perrault Collins’ influential images depicting Black life in the 1920s, and many more. Including explanations of key photography terms, photo project ideas, and suggestions for other women photographers to study, this charming book will inspire children to pick up a camera and make their own incredible photographs.

A Garden For Grace - an art-book quality book of poems and drawings, written and illustrated by Ellen Mainville. For children from five to ninety-five. 68 pages, 8.5x11, over 50 full-color illustrations.

Imagine a farm: Dad in the fields, Mom busy in the kitchen, and Grandma planting and weeding in her extensive flower beds. They are gardens she's created through many years, in every available space of her domain. She now has the leisure to putter, "me" time she could only steal in snatches as a busy farm-wife and mother. But what are gardens and leisure time without someone to share them?

Along comes a little girl for Grandma to watch and to care for: a girl who also learns to love and care for Grandma's flowers-and who learns about life and love at the skilled hands of the wise old woman. The girl grows up, her parents retire, the farm is sold. The girl becomes a mother, then a grandmother herself. The descendants of Grandma's plants still live, transplanted to her own gardens. Grandma's lessons live too: in her memories, passed down to her own children, to grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends, and now to us all in her artwork and poems...

A Garden for Grace explores family, love, and life through lessons taken from beauty in nature, and is also is a botanically accurate guide to 48 common garden flowers.

One Hundred Percent Me
By Renee Macalino Rutledge
Illustrated by Anita Prades

A heartwarming story about the joys of multicultural families and being mixed race. One Hundred Percent Me takes readers (ages 4 to 8) along as a young girl explores and accepts her unique identity.

It can be confusing to be a child of mixed race. As the little girl moves through daily life in the big city, she hears some people say she looks more like her Puerto Rican dad, while others claim she takes after her Filipina mom. Should she favor one identity over the other? No! In fact, honoring every facet of her identity equally becomes the main character’s favorite affirmation. This beautifully illustrated book about celebrating differences, claiming our belonging, and acknowledging our heritage encourages all readers to embrace the fact that we are all 100% ourselves.

For Crafters:

Essential Lessons for Creating Stylish Designs to Wear and Give
Masha Knots
Celebrate your relationships and express your style with the ultimate guide to creating friendship bracelets! Friendship bracelets aren’t just for summer camp anymore. They have exploded in popularity as a creative and thoughtful way to share a connection with loved ones, even from far away. Author Masha Knots is the go-to friendship bracelet expert, she has amassed a following on YouTube and Instagram for her colorful, creative designs and her easy-to-follow instructions. Now, with this book she is sharing all her bracelet tips and tricks as well as her favorite designs.

Featuring an array of patterns from simple to more advanced, Masha will cover all the basics needed to get started, including the best materials to use, knotting techniques, and easy embellishments and customization tricks for adding your own flair. Whether creating a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or stylish accessories for yourself, this book will make anyone a bracelet making pro.

Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cross-Stitch: 25 Patterns and Designs for Works of Art You Can Make Yourself for Year-Round Halloween Decor

Join the Sanderson sisters in some stitchcraft and brew up some '90s-inspired designs and spooky slogans with this unofficial cross-stitch book for fans of Halloween and Hocus Pocus.

Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cross-Stitch brings your favorite '90s film to life with cute crafts and spooky decor. Perfect for beginners, this book has 25 witchy cross-stitch patterns that pay homage to the Halloween classic.

Patterns include sayings like “Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus” and “I Put a Spell on You” as well as fun designs like a selection of brooms (and a vacuum), gravestones, and more! Whether you’re making Halloween decor for spooky season or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for your witchiest friends and family, this cross-stitch book is a must-have for any wannabe Sanderson sister.

The Makers Guide to Cricut: Easy Projects for Creating Fabulous Home Decor, Wearables, and Gifts

Take your Cricut crafts to the next level! Cricut electric cutting machines have made it easy for anyone to make adorable, one-of-a-kind creations in their own home. In this book crafting expert Megan Meketa, of Lovebird Heartworks, shares all her tips and tricks for making colorful, eye-catching projects that make every day a celebration.
Featuring 28 projects and all the information needed to get started, including:
Straightforward details on Design Space software and Cricut models (Maker, Explore Series, Joy, and EasyPresses)
Essential tools and materials (adhesive vinyl, iron-on, felt, cardstock, acetate, leather, etc.)
Ideas, pro tips, and step-by-step instructions for celebrations including a variety of cake toppers, banners, party favor bags, stickers, stencils for pastry decorating, and thoughtful gifts
Creative wearables and home decor projects such as leather earrings, custom tote bags, etched glass, stenciled signs, and so much more
Each project has step-by-step instructions as well as creative tips and ideas if you want to "make it extra" and elevate your projects even further
Whether you're a brand new owner of a Cricut and not sure where to start or a seasoned pro, this book is the ultimate one-stop shop for information and ideas for creating stunning projects.

For Foodies:

The Van Life Cookbook: Delicious Recipes, Simple Techniques and Easy Meal Prep for the Road Trip Lifestyle

Get cooking in your sprinter van, camper van, or RV with the creative, flavorful recipes especially crafted for making meals in tight spaces while on the road!

You’ve finally finished your van build and are ready to hit the road. But just as you’ll have to adapt your lifestyle to the open road, you’ll have to do the same with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Van Life Cookbook, a collection of recipes and full-color photographs, celebrates the road trip lifestyle and #vanlife community while providing delicious and nutritious meal ideas for modern-day nomads. With meal prep tips, pantry advice, and hacks on cooking in a tiny kitchen, you’ll be whipping up flavor-packed dishes in no time. Plus, with serving sizes catered to one or two people, you’ll never have to worry about leftovers crowding your mini fridge. Discover the joys of cooking on the road with dishes like:
Breakfast Biscuits on the Burner
Chickpea Avocado Salad
Van Life Summer Rolls
Personal Pizzas
Single-Serving Dessert Crisp
And much more!

The Unofficial Studio Ghibli Cookbook: 50+ Delicious Recipes Inspired by Your Favorite Japanese Animated Films
by Jessica Yun

Bring some magic into your kitchen with this unofficial collection of Japanese recipes inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films.

Since 1985, Studio Ghibli has enchanted moviegoers with fantastic stories of adventure, magic, friendship, family, and most of all—the most delicious-looking animated food. Now you can create your own mouthwatering dishes with this book full of 50 unofficial, fan-created recipes! From tantalizing breakfasts and lunches to Japanese favorites like yakitori and onigiri, recipes include:
Skillet bacon and eggs
Ramen with “haaaam”!
Herring and pumpkin pot pie
Steamed red bean bao
Salmon with beurre blanc sauce
And more!

Perfect for fans of Japanese anime, manga, and comfort food cooking!

50 Things to Bake Before You Die: The World's Best Cakes, Pies, Brownies, Cookies, and More from Your Favorite Bakers, Including Christina Tosi, Joanne Chang, and Dominique Ansel

Turn your home-baking skills into professional-grade desserts with this mouthwatering baking book featuring recipes from some of the most incredible bakers and bakeries—including Tieghan Gerard, Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery), Chelsey White, Christina Tosi (Milk Bar), Daniel Boulud, and more!

This heavenly collection of dessert recipes—gifted to us from the greatest bakers and chefs from small-town café owners to fancy restaurateurs to TV show hosts—is a call to arms, to action, to revolution! Or, at the very least, a call to turn on the oven. Because who has time for the third-best brownie recipe or so-so Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies? 

Written with a fun and friendly tone and featuring easy, step-by-step instructions, 50 Things to Bake Before You Die will make you feel right at home as you bake up these world-class desserts, including:
Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Chelsey White)
Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes (from Georgetown Cupcake)
Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler (from Tieghan Gerard)
Chocolate Cheesecake Mochi Muffins (from Sam Butarbutar)
Chocolate Babka (from Duff Goldman)
Cookies and Cream Macarons (from Cambrea Gordon)
And more!

So bake up Courtney Rich’s sublime Ultimate S’mores Cake, and Joanne Chang’s soul-shaking Homemade Oreos. Bake them—before you die.

The Unofficial Witcher Cookbook
Daringly Delicious Recipes for Fans of the Fantasy Classic

Join Geralt of Rivia on his adventures throughout The Continent as you learn to cook 50 delicious and totally unofficial recipes inspired by the hit fantasy books, video games, and show The Witcher.

Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy saga of the witcher Geralt has captivated pop culture for nearly 30 years. Through books, graphic novels, TV shows, and video games, the witcher’s adventures have brought audiences face-to-face with monsters, sorceresses, kings, and destiny. Now, you can have your very own taste of the legendary adventures of a witcher.

The Unofficial Witcher Cookbook is filled with 50 recipes ranging from humble meals and tavern stews to bountiful feasts fit for a king, including:
Prized Potato Soup
Blacksmith Dumplings
Feast of Ham and Nightshade
House Specialty Soup
Honey Cakes for a Coin
And more!

This cookbook is perfect for die-hard fans of The Witcher, as well as those who just can’t get enough epic fantasy in their life.

For Fun:

Chibi Tarot: A 78-Card Deck and Guidebook of Fun and Kawaii Chibi Characters

Celebrate your love of all things kawaii and fortune-telling with this charming take on the classic 78-card tarot card deck and guidebook.

Make the next step into your spiritual journey a fun one as you learn how to divine the future with adorable chibi versions of traditional tarot archetypes. From the Empress to the Fool, each of your favorite Major and Minor Arcana cards get a mangafied treatment to reveal the past, future, and present.

Inspired by the classic Rider-Waite illustrations, these vibrant, beautifully designed cards and consult your step-by-by step guidebook will reveal a delightful tarot reading that’s as cute as it is divine. Whether you're a beginner to tarot readings or a collector of fun decks like Cat Tarot and Kawaii Tarot, Chibi Tarot is here to make divination an entertaining experience for everyone!

The 369 Manifestation Journal: A 52-Week Guide to Using Divine Numbers and Law of Attraction Techniques to Manifest Your Desires

Tap into your inner power every week with this undated guided journal and learn how to use the law of attraction; divine numbers 3, 6, and 9; and mindful writing exercises to create the life you want!

Journaling can be a powerful tool for clearing your mind and prioritizing self-care. This journal combines your mindful writing practices with the magic of 369 manifestation to create a whole new way to envision the life you want. 

Inside The 369 Manifestation Journal you’ll learn all about the history of the law of attraction, the connection to Nikola Tesla, and how to use the 369 manifestation technique. Also known as the "secret to the universe," this approach involves scripting your desires three times in the morning, six times in the afternoon, and nine times at night. Then, dive into weekly journal prompts and affirmations designed to help you unite with the universe and fill your next year with everything you desire!

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