The Chronicle Books Gift Guide
Yes, we publish books. You knew that! But we also make a lot of other stuff, too—like punny notepads and journals, games, tea towels, pens, pencils, and more, just waiting to be paired with a book for the perfect gift. With that in mind, we matched up our books and things to spark some gift-giving inspiration.
Oh, and want to know something even sweeter? For every book you buy on our website between now and 12/15/17, we’ll match it with a book donation to First Book. And take 35% off everything (plus free shipping) with the code GIVEBOOKS! Learn more here.
For the Designer
THE BOOK: This Book Is a Planetarium
Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools—like a real working planetarium, projecting the constellations with the help of your phone flashlight.
PAIR IT WITH: The Box Journal
With gridded pages and an innovative, 3D-inspired shape, this journal makes a wonderful addition to the desk of anyone in a creative field, or aspiring to be.
PAIR IT WITH: Drop Caps Postcards
Illustrated by celebrated graphic designer Jessica Hische, these postcards are an A to Z of good design.
For the Foodie
THE BOOK: Bäco
For the home cook who is looking to up their game, Josef Centeno’s Bäco is a superb gift—recipes are fresh and vivid, combining spices in unique ways to produce restaurant-standard meals at home.
PAIR IT WITH: Gouda Ideas Noteblock
This cheese-shaped notepad is great to have on hand for jotting down grocery lists and brainstorming meal plans (that hopefully involve cheese).
PAIR IT WITH: Cook’s One Line a Day Journal
This memory-keeper helps food lovers track their kitchen progress every day for five (!) years. Log favorite meals, desserts, guests hosted, big successes, new experiments, and even mishaps, day by day.
For the Cocktail Crafter
THE BOOK: The Art of the Bar Cart
This book teaches the tricks to styling a stunning home bar cart, and shares a few cocktail recipes along the way. It also looks dashing as a décor statement in and of itself.
PAIR IT WITH: Behind the Bar Tea Towels
Keep things chic (and dry) behind the bar with these tea towels, illustrated with the tools of the trade.
PAIR IT WITH: Owl Drink to That Coasters
Hare’s to you! This adorable coaster set pairs animal illustrations with drinking puns, making cocktail hour even sweeter.
For the Museum Maven
THE BOOK: Rothko: The Color Field Paintings
Give the gift of contemplative Abstract Expressionism with this lovely book on Mark Rothko, featuring fifty large-scale artworks from the American master’s color field period.
PAIR IT WITH: Helen Frankenthaler Notes
This sublime set of notecards showcases ten paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, also an Abstract Expressionist. Your art historian friend is going to love you, and they can use these notecards to tell you how much.
PAIR IT WITH: Mondrian Colored Pencils
The signature palette of Piet Mondrian is transformed into a box of ten colored pencils (in red, blue, yellow, white, and black).
For the New Parent
THE BOOK: Baby Chipmunk Finger Puppet Book
These sturdy board books, complete with a finger puppet protagonist, are a great fit for the very youngest readers. Go with a holiday classic, or browse dozens of cute animals to find the perfect one.
PAIR IT WITH: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: Let’s Go!
The ever popular book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is transformed into a playful board book with graduated pages.
PAIR IT WITH: Pleased to Meet You! A Baby Journal
Featuring charming illustrations and thought-provoking prompts, this baby journal invites parents to chronicle their baby’s first year.
For the Gal Pal
THE BOOK: 200 Women
Two hundred women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions, providing a snapshot of female life around the globe.
PAIR IT WITH: Do Things That Matter to Your Heart Notebook Collection
Featuring the bright art of the late Susan O’Malley, this notebook trio offers inspiration to journalers, writers, notetakers, and artists alike.
PAIR IT WITH: Act Now! 50 Protest Postcards
These spirited postcards extend the legacy of protest signs and statements and transform them into ready-to-send letters to your elected representative, or to friends and allies for encouragement and inspiration. All proceeds go to the ACLU.
For the Kids
THE BOOK: 12 Sleighs of Christmas
Which elf will build the coolest sleigh for the Christmas ride? Only Santa can decide. From the New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site comes a tale of spirited vehicular silliness and classic holiday cheer.
PAIR IT WITH: Letters to Me, When I Grow Up
Twelve prompted letters bound into a keepsake book invite kids to share stories, draw, or make lists reflecting on what they know now, and what they imagine for their future. An Oprah’s Favorite Things Pick for 2017!
PAIR IT WITH: Her Right Foot
In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue.
For the Green Thumb
THE BOOK: Happy Houseplants
For anyone who has longed for a garden of their own—whether a city dweller or one with less-than-green thumbs—this is a handy little guide to growing and maintaining houseplants.
PAIR IT WITH: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden 2018 Daily Planner
This gorgeous planner brings the beauty of Floret Flower Farm to every day of the year, with seasonal gardening tips for each month, lush photography of blooms, and plenty of room to record important notes.
PAIR IT WITH: Succulent Garden Notecards
These notecards make a striking statement for any occasion with vibrant photos of succulents.
For the Gamer
THE GAME: Donner Dinner Party
If the pal you have in mind has a dark sense of humor, look no further. Fast-paced and rowdy, players are transported back to 1846 as members of the ill-fated wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with dwindling provisions.
PAIR IT WITH: Cat Lady Old Maid
No “Old Maids” here! This thoroughly modern twist on the classic card game has players racing to end up as the awesome Cat Lady.
PAIR IT WITH: After Dinner Amusements: Do You Remember?
Fifty thought-provoking questions about players’ pasts will spark sweet memories and lively discussion.
For the Star Wars Superfan
THE BOOK: Star Wars Super Graphic
Star Wars Super Graphic transforms the galaxy far, far away into a visual guide with detailed pie charts, bar graphs, and data-driven infographics.
PAIR IT WITH: Darth Vader™ and Family Coloring Book
Color the galaxy with Darth Vader as he rules the Empire and keeps an eye on his rebellious kids, Luke and Leia. Featuring artwork carefully adapted from Jeffery Brown’s New York Times bestselling Darth Vader and Son™ series plus nine new images, here’s a creative coloring adventure for Jedi Masters and young Padawans alike.
PAIR IT WITH: 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire by Greg Stones
Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. Greg Stones illustrates how Stormtroopers meet their amusing demises through silly mistakes (like taking a lunch break in the carbon freezing chamber) or by crossing the wrong person (like interrupting Lord Vader’s private time).
For the Baker
THE BOOK: Zingerman’s Bakehouse
The recipes of the renowned Ann Arbor bakery Zingerman’s Bakehouse are at last published in book form—chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of challah and sourdough.
PAIR IT WITH: Pad of Butter
This non-stick notepad—perfect for slathering brilliant ideas onto—will look right at home on the kitchen countertop.
PAIR IT WITH: DoughNotes
This bakery box of doughnut notecards looks startlingly like the real thing, making it the ideal stationery for the dedicated baker.
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