Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

The ornately covered Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights ($17) is an excellent gift for the person who lives a life of luxury and wants for nothing. This book has brief descriptions of the origins and meanings of many of the... [More]

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Pocketo! Bear Bookmark Tabs

Let an adorable little friend save your place when you set down your book for the night. The Bear Bookmark Tabs ($6) from Pocketo! will stick to your page until you can return. A pack of tabs includes 100 paper bears in 5 different designs.... [More]

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Moleskine Storyboard Pocket Notebook

We don't know about you, but our guys are perpetually coming up with ideas. Ideas on what kind of bar they want to own someday, on a new gadget that would make drying dishes a cinch, and about a totally badass action film they'll someday... [More]

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Teh Itteh Bitteh Book of Kittehs

Evvybudy knaos dat kittehs are teh kyootest tings on da planet, rite? Rite. So all da kyootness in Teh Itteh Bitteh Book of Kittehs ($7) iz, laik, gonna blo yor mind, iz so amayzin!!!11!! ....Okay, typing like that a) confuses the hell outta spell check,... [More]

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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

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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