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The Chronicle Books Gift Guide: Our Top Picks of the Year

So, you decided to give books. Go you! To help make your choices a little bit easier, here’s a guide to our top books of the year, as well as our perennial classics.

To celebrate the book-giving season, take 35% off (that’s our best discount of the year) and get free shipping on our website with code GIVEBOOKS through 12/12. Also, if you pledge to #GiveBooks on social media, we’ll match your word with a book donation to First Book. Learn how to pledge at givebooks.co.

 

Bestselling Gifts

Card Catalog

If you’re looking for something tried and true, look no further—these are our top sellers. Our favorites this year include Letters of Note: Volume 2, They All Saw a Cat, and the Card Catalog notecard set, pictured above. Browse all

 

Gifts for Creatives

Gifts for Creatives

Give hours of pop culture fun with HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book, or inspire friends to create together and deepen their creative connections with Ladies Drawing Night. To encourage hope, creation, and strength, try Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self. Browse all

 

Gifts for Food Lovers

Gifts for Food Lovers

Spread the joy of home cooking with Julia Turshen’s Small Victories or the vegetable-forward lessons of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty—these books will inspire cooks of all experience levels. Don’t forget about the libations—Shake. Stir. Sip. offers easy, equal parts cocktail recipes. Browse all

 

Gifts for Baby

Gifts for Baby

Teach the alphabet in a visual, tactile way with TouchThinkLearn: ABC or ABC Word Play, get ’em hooked on literature early with the Cozy Classics series, or play Peek-A-Who? with critters big and small. Browse all

 

Gifts for Kids + Teens

Gifts for Kids + Teens

The charming book The Wish Tree will inspire wishes everywhere, the interactive Bunny Slopes will surprise and delight, and Hervé Tullet’s Let’s Play! will keep the interactive fun coming—then get them to fall asleep with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: Glow in the Dark Edition. Older kids can get lost in Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, or get creative with 642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s EditionBrowse all

 

Gifts for Pet Lovers

Gifts for Pet Lovers

Cat fans will find solace in Cats on Instagram, All Black Cats Are Not Alikeand I Could Pee on This, Too. We didn’t forget about you dog lovers, though—Dogs on Instagram and Dog Years are here to save the day. If you don’t want to pick sides, try Wild BabiesBrowse all

 

Gifts for Star Wars Fans

Gifts for Star Wars Fans

Get ’em hooked young with the deluxe box set of Jeffrey Brown’s Goodnight Darth Vader™ / Darth Vader™ and Friends, or keep the fandom alive with Star Wars®: Secrets of the GalaxyBrowse all

 

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

Small gifts can bring big joy—a set of Marimekko Pencils, some Cattoos!, a Pad of Butter, and 642 Tiny Things to Draw are perfect gifts for a special someone. Browse all

 

Holiday Cards + Stationery

Holiday and Christmas cards

The Rose Gold Notecards are subtle stunners, while Tacky Christmas Sweater Notecards (pictured above) infuse humor into the holiday season. Browse all

 

Gifts Under $15

Other-wordly

Keep your holiday budget under control with these picks—some of our favorites are Serenflipitya set of 30 everyday adventure cards; This Annoying Life, a coloring book about funny and true annoyances of everyday life; and Other-Wordly (pictured above), a gorgeous book of words both strange and lovely from around the world. Browse all

 

Gifts Under $30

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

Try Danielle Krysa’s Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk for the anxious artist, Yoga 365 for a daily dose of mind-body wisdom, and Celtic Tales for a modern, illustrative spin on Celtic folklore. Browse all

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Enjoy the season wherever it takes you, and give books—to get you started, take 35% off everything on our website with the code GIVEBOOKS through 12/12.

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Photography by Irene Kim Shepherd

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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