The Chronicle Books 2017 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

This Book Is a Planetarium

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



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

Art of the Bar Cart

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

Baby Chipmunk

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

200 Women

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 12 Sleighs of Christmas

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

Happy Houseplants

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

Donner Dinner Party

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

Star Wars Super Graphic

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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Now get out there and start giving some books!

It’s our best discount of the year! Shop our website for gifts and reads and get 35% off and free shipping with code GIVEBOOKS. Every book you buy is also matched with a book donation to First Book. Hurry, this deal ends 12/15/17.

Jenna Homen

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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1 Comment

  • Susan Ligotino June 11, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I am wondering if it is possible to receive paper copies of some of the catalogs. I have done so in the past , I was wondering if the option was still available. Thank you.
    Susan Ligotino


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