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Kevin & April’s Holiday Gift Guide

If you are anything like me you decided to skip the Black Friday shopping frenzy in favor of leftovers, family time, and college football. For those like-minded among you who still have all or most of your holiday shopping ahead of you, April and I are happy to help with a few gift suggestions of our own…

Kevin’s Picks

The Wire – The Complete Series
I was late to the party but once I started watching I couldn’t stop, and I know from my proselytizing on behalf of the show that not everyone has been converted. Give this to the TV junkie on your list and they’ll be out of circulation for awhile.

Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings
What do you give the Bob Dylan fanatic on your list? More Bob Dylan of course! Luckily, for those of us who worship at the House of Bob, there has been a steady stream of quality reissues and ‘bootlegs’ to compliment his original material, and this box set presents his first eight albums as they were meant to be heard: in mono. I want!

San Francisco Giants: 2010 World Series Champion Gear
I’m still buzzing over the Giants improbable run to the top of baseball’s Mt. Olympus! What better way to share your pride with others (and not neglect the Dodger fan on your list) than with some commemorative World Series gear that celebrates their accomplishment. By the way, when do pitchers and catchers report?

See’s Candies
When I find myself stumped for gift ideas I can always count on See’s Candies to save the day. Whether I’m introducing someone to this historic San Francisco based company, or keeping my East Coast friends and family stocked with the best of the west, See’s chocolates and candies are always appreciated and never returned (save the dark chocolate Bordeaux for me!).

April’s Picks

Posteritati Movie Posters
A few years ago, we published the Art of the Modern Movie Poster, which featured 1,500 movie posters from the collection of New York poster dealer, Posteritati. I have since purchased posters from the shop as gifts, especially those that feature motorscooters, which are my passion. I have this Roman Holiday scene card in my sights this year. If I purchase by December 5th and use the code: FREEGIFT, I’ll get a $20 gift card for my next purchase. Maybe you’ll find a poster that is perfect for your movie-loving gift lister.

Vintage Hairstyling
Our new book Let’s Bring Back celebrates the great personalities, places, possessions and practices from the past that should be brought back. I’d love to see the resurgence of fancy retro hairstyles, so I’m buying Vintage Hairstyling for myself and a friend.

Soup and Sandwich Duo
Baby, it’s cold outside! What warms one more than a grilled cheese sandwich and soup? This set from Uncommon Goods makes a great gift for the friend who loves a soup-n-sammy. And if you are gluten-free like me and love grilled cheese, try Udi’s Gluten-Free bread. It’s delicious!

50 Years of the Playboy Bunny
This season on the AMC show Mad Men, Episode 10 had a scene that took place in a Playboy Club. This got a lot of my friends talking about the iconic Playboy Clubs and Bunny uniforms. That inspired me to give copies of 50 Years of the Playboy Bunny to several of my friends who will love the vintage photos of the clubs and Bunnies, as well as the behind-the-scenes stories and info such as how to carry a drink-filled tray with poise. And from now until December 5th, take 35% off (plus free ground shipping) on all orders at ChronicleBooks.com! Just use promo code FRIENDS at checkout.

Happy Holidays from the Chronicle Entertainment Marketing & Publicity Team!
—Kevin & April

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