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How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

You walk into a party, find someone you think seems interesting, and strike up a conversation. Seems easy, right? Not so much for those of us who are naturally shy or in any way inhibited. How To Start A Conversation And Make Friends ($10) isn't... [More]

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Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design

It can be hard to buy gifts for people with niche interests, so we're big fans of books that cater to those interests. For example, we know our way around a bookshop pretty well, but put us in a bike store and we wouldn't know... [More]

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Clothbound Penguin Classics

If you haven't yet gone the way of the e-reader because you truly love books, we're right there with you. There's something about the weight of the book in your hands, the look of the cover, and the collection of literary treasures amassed on our... [More]

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The Boozy Baker

Trust us, the holidays are going to go a lot smoother if you spike the baked goods. The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets ($13)... [More]

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This Food, That Wine

We're not saying that any of us here at Outblush could use a primer on wine/food pairing, but, thank goodness for this book. This Food, That Wine ($25) is conversational and light-hearted, while seriously offering us the inside info on which wines to serve with... [More]

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The Truth About Chuck Norris

It doesn't matter who you are, someone you know will be thrilled to get The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 Facts About the World's Greatest Human ($10) this year. Really, everyone should just pick up a copy of this epic book for a last-minute gift.... [More]

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The Original Civil War Articles Of The New York Times (Holiday Gift Idea)

By now, regular readers of Outblush (oh, how we adore you) probably know that we have an ex-history teacher on staff who tends to dig up books this. If you have a history-lover on your gift list, or if you get all misty eyed reading... [More]

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The Intellectual Devotional: American History

One of us received The Intellectual Devotional ($17) as a gift last year and has gone on and on (and on) about how much she loves it. Like daily devotionals dedicated to our souls, this book is dedicated to feeding our minds with rich knowledge... [More]

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Smitten Cat Book

Imagine having these eyes staring at you from your coffee table? The "Smitten" Cat Book ($22) is the purrrfect gift for the cat lover in your life. This book features 151 pages of adorable cat photos with thought-provoking quotes. Meeeoww!... [More]

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xkcd: Volume 0

If you're unfamiliar with xkcd, take a moment to familiarize yourself with this great internet comic. ... ... Super! Now that you know the brilliant wit and humor that's found in the simply drawn comic, you'll understand why xkcd: Volume 0 ($12) would make a... [More]

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ReadyMade: How to Make (Almost) Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer

Wanna go all McGyver on the junk you usually discard? This book will teach you how to transform paper, plastic, metal, wood, fabric, and even concrete into usable household items like clocks and light sconces. Who knew that a Fed Ex box could become a... [More]

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Knock Knock In My Humble Opinion Journal

Distract snoopy visitors with the wordy outside of this In My Humble Opinion Journal ($17). They'll spend so much time reading the outside they won't get a chance to get to the juicy stuff before you find them out!... [More]

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You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls

We're here to tell you, it doesn't matter what age you are, there's always something more you want to learn to do, a skill you want to master or an experience you want to have. Hopefully, none of us will ever outgrow that desire. You... [More]

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Tales To Take Your Breath Away

Those cheeky Brits, at it again. Tank Books has published Tales To Take Your Breath Away ($68), six classics in miniature cigarette pack form - foil and flip top and all! Clever and portable, take Tolstoy, Hemingway, Kafka, Joseph Conrad, Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson... [More]

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Your Mother Was Right: All the Great Advice You Tried To Forget

Ah, Mom: Bandager of boo-boos, baker of cookies, dispenser of unwanted advice. The older we get, the more we realize, dammit, she was right all along! And now, we need that motherly wisdom more than ever, so we picked up a copy of Your Mother... [More]

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Good Eats 2: The Middle Years by Alton Brown

We don't know about you, but Alton Brown is our food stuffs idol. We've been fascinated by his show, Good Eats, for years, and rejoiced when he released his book Good Eats: The Early Years. Which means we're positively giddy now that his second installment,... [More]

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Kate Spade Kindle Cover

Cover your Kindle in stylish protection! The Kate Spade Kindle Cover ($85) is a super cool gift for the Kindle lover in your life. This cover has a lightly padded interior with a slip pocket and a hinge system. We're so loving this artistic interpretation... [More]

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Living with Wine: Passionate Collectors, Sophisticated Cellars, and Other Rooms for Entertaining, Enjoying, and Imbibing

For anyone who's ever wondered what it would be like to have the wine cellar of your dreams, Living with Wine: Passionate Collectors, Sophisticated Cellars, and Other Rooms for Entertaining, Enjoying, and Imbibing ($47) is a treat and/or giant tease! Peer voyeuristically into homes where... [More]

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Big Fat Cookies

No one is going to be disappointed by a gift of baked goods this year, especially if you whip up something out of Big Fat Cookies ($12). Whether you choose to make chewy, crispy or sandwich style cookies, these recipes are all nom-a-licious, and hey,... [More]

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Everything Explained Through Flowcharts

Some of us learn by listening, some of us learn by reading and some of us need a more in-depth visual journey. Everything Explained Through Flowcharts ($12) attempts to unravel life's mysteries through meticulously designed charts. Tips for world domination, which religion offers the best... [More]

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