Mad Men: The Illustrated World

Mad Men: The Illustrated World ($9) by Dyna Moe has been generating a good amount of Internet buzz. The perfect companion to the AMC show, this illustrated guide has fun with the 60s. It's got everything from Joan paper dolls and instructions on how to... [More]

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The Fashion File

How can you not love a fashion era where curves were simultaneously embraced and sensibly camouflaged to make everyone look their best? There's definitely a retro revival in fashion right now and if you want to do it right, take your cues from The Fashion... [More]

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The ELLEments of Personal Style

If someone asked you to define your personal style, would you be able to? We would probably say "uhh, sweatshirt chic?", which probably wouldn't fare to well with fashionistas. The ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live... [More]

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How to Cook the Perfect Day

Admittedly, this might be a good one to dive into after you've had time to recover from all of the holiday baking and cooking, but once you're ready to don an apron again, Nikki McClure's How to Cook the Perfect Day ($11) is a great... [More]

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The Instant Expert's Guide to Single Malt Scotch

Gone are the days when our men drank cans of Keystone or Busch Light taken from a bathtub full of ice in someone's dingy apartment. Well, mostly gone anyway. Their tastes have evolved to enjoy, shall we say, more refined spirits. Tuck the pocket-sized book,... [More]

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The Lazy Intellectual: Maximum Knowledge, Minimal Effort

We're not going to come right out and admit that the title of this book accurately describes us, but we will say that we don't mind seeming smart without having to do much work. The Lazy Intellectual: Maximum Knowledge, Minimal Effort ($10) by Richard Wallace... [More]

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Crafting a Meaningful Home

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about hand made pieces that fill a home is the story or tradition behind them. In Crafting a Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage ($17), projects are not only laid... [More]

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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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