Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Books That Make Great Gifts Part 2

Looking for a great book for someone who loves a fun gift? There are some cool gift books out there.  When you know what someone likes or what their sense of humor is, a book can be a really personal gift.

Below is a list of some of the books I’ll be giving this year:

Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts
Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts

Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts by Jane Austin ($12.99 USD) What would happen if the characters of Pride and Prejudice could text each other? Would Elizabeth call Mr. Darcy a [poop]? Would Darcy drink and dial and accidentally reveal his true feelings [heart]? In this laugh-out-loud re-telling of Jane Austen’s famous work, you’ll get a condensed modern interpretation of the world’s greatest love story . . . all told through texts and emojis. Featuring hundreds of classic and new emojis along with a removable poster (featuring all the emojis), this is the perfect gift for the Austen lover. Available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Flying Dogs
Flying Dogs

Flying Dogs by Julia Christe ($14.99 USD) — An expansion of the photo essay that went viral and was featured everywhere from the Guardian to the Huffington Post and Today Show, this fun and stunning photography book captures adorable dogs from a unique perspective: mid-air. This hilarious collection of photos is perfect for any animal lover. And never fear! Vets and the dogs’ owners were always on site. Available at Amazon.com

Pusheen Coloring Book
Pusheen Coloring Book

Pusheen Coloring Book by Claire Belton ($12.99 list price, on sale at Amazon.com for $11.69) — Pusheen returns in a delightful coloring book perfect for fans of I Am Pusheen the Cat. The Internet’s favorite chubby, tubby tabby is back in a purr-fectly cute coloring book featuring adorable kitty drawings that will charm cat lovers and coloring book fans everywhere! Purchase at Amazon.com

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017
Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap)
Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap)

Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap) by Keiya Mizuno and Naoki Naganuma ($14.99 list price, $11.32 on sale at Amazon.com) — Humans could learn a thing or two from cats—and Life Works Itself Out is here to relay all of kittendom’s accumulated wisdom to mankind, one loveable photo and wise aphorism at a time.

A mega-bestseller in Japan (where it has sold more than 700,000 copies), this book is filled with inspirational quotes and entertaining four-color photographs of cats that range from the heartwarming to the humorous. Whether you’re feeling down and looking for a lift, or you need some lighthearted life advice, who better to turn to than man’s TRUE best friend—the trusty feline. The purr-fect pick-me-up or gift book, Life Works Itself Out will have cat lovers pawing through its pages over and over again. Purchase at Amazon.com

Creative Origami & Beyond
Creative Origami & Beyond

Creative Origami & Beyond by Jenny Chan ($19.95 list price, on sale at Amazon.com for 15.36) — A centuries-old art form, origami has taken on new depth in today’s art world, influencing trends in fashion, interior design, exhibition art, and more. Creative Origami & Beyond takes this traditional art form to new levels, guiding readers through a dynamic exploration of numerous ways to fold paper. This inspiring, interactive project book demonstrates both traditional and contemporary origami methods – from working with unique materials and creating custom origami papers to crafting amazing works of art. A general introduction to origami and an overview of basic folding techniques sets the foundation for the book, which is divided into six engaging sections, including modular origami, giant origami, tiny origami, wet origami, and more. Each chapter, taught by an expert origami artist, features clever exercises and prompts to inspire and spark creativity, while step-by-step origami projects for creating wall art, jewelry, decorative objects, and more, help turn origami novices to pros. Includes eight pages of patterned origami paper to help get you started.

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other great book sellers

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover by by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris ($9.98) — The international publishing phenomenon and ridiculously funny new parody series that helps grown-ups learn about the world around them using large clear type, simple and easy-to-grasp words, frequent repetition, and thoughtful matching of text with pictures.

Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand. Available at Amazon.com

Do you purchase books as gifts?  Have you found any great ones lately?

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Fragrance Gifts for Him

Cologne is a really fun gift for the men in your life.  My man isn’t picky, so he loves any fragrance I get him.  I’m lucky!

Even if your husband isn’t as easy to buy for, the fragrances below might just be perfect for your guy:

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Fragrance Gifts for
Valentino Uomo

Valentino Uomo ($86.99 USD) is a classic and brilliant fragrance with accords that change on the person over time. It is a profoundly Italian blend made of precisely chosen ingredients. With soft smoky and woody accords and a touch of vagueness that upsets the balance, it is an expression of unmistakable style. Everything about Valentino Uomo is restrained, yet enticing.

Notes:

– Top: Italian bergamot, myrtle liquor.

– Middle: crema de gianduia.

– Base: leather, cedarwood

Purchase http://www.fragrancenet.com

David Beckham Beyond
David Beckham Beyond

David Beckham Beyond ($25 USD) — Opening on a refreshing mojito accord, the fragrance immediately delights the senses. An invigorating hit of spicy cardamom and zesty grapefruit adds dynamic sophistication. In the heart, a vibrant burst of black pepper, combined with the assertive masculinity of cedarwood and geranium, delivers a timeless refinement. This melts into an intense and textured trail; magnetic patchouli is blended with warm tones of vanilla and leather to confer a strong, charismatic signature. A true concentrate of David Beckham’s identity, Beyond is refined, sensual and daring.

Purchase at http://www.walgreens.com

Burberry Brit Rhythm
Burberry Brit Rhythm

Burberry Brit Rhythm ($41.99 USD) –Brit Rhythm is a youthful and instinctive fragrance for men. Experience top notes of basil verveina, cardamom and a shot of juniper berries. Discover adrenalised heart notes of black leather, patchouli and styrax resin and sensual base notes of cedarwood, incense and tonka bean.

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Cookbooks For Everyone!

Cookbooks are such a wonderful gift idea for all levels of cooks. I love getting a new cookbook or finding new recipes.  I experiment all of the time.  Ask my family — sometimes it works and sometimes not so much!

I was sent the books below for my honest review.  They include lots of great photos and have easy to follow instructions.  I even made a noodle soup from Simply Vietnamese Cooking (see below). And it was good!

 

Best of Bridge Home Cooking 250 Easy and Delicious Recipes Fall 2015
Best of Bridge Home Cooking 250 Easy and Delicious Recipes Fall 2015

Best of Bridge Home Cooking: 250 Easy and Delicious Recipes Fall 2015 ($29.95 USD) – The Best of Bridge is back with this collection of recipes that evoke all the goodness of home cooking — that wonderful feeling of family and comfort. If you’re looking for easy weeknight meals or entertaining ideas, look no further.

This is food that makes you feel good and tastes great, too. These soul-satisfying recipes are easy, dependable, reassuringly familiar and, above all, delicious. They will inspire you to get back in the kitchen and create some special memories around your table.

There are loads of tips to help you deal with the midweek madness of meal preparation and, as always, the dishes are made with ingredients that are easily found at your local supermarket.

Within the 250 recipes, there are dishes for every occasion and meal, whether it’s a soothing soup for lunch, one-pot dinners for those harried weeknights or delicious meatless mains.

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi
The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi ($29.95 USD) —

Sushi isn’t tricky to make so long as you have the right utensils and some patience to get acquainted with the techniques. All it takes is practice and, in no time at all, you’ll be making sumptuous sushi that will wow your family and friends.

This incredible book will provide you with all the information you need to get started — from ingredients and equipment to fish butchery, making perfect rice, plating techniques and so much more. You’ll learn how vitally important knife selection is and the differences between Japanese and Western equivalents.

With full color throughout, 500 photographs, a user-friendly concealed Wire-O binding and hundreds of tips and techniques, this sushi book is sure to become the go-to guide for sushi and sashimi lovers, whether novice or experienced.

Ingredients certainly take center stage and here Robby Cook shares his extensive experience with fluke (hirame), octopus (tako), red snapper (tai) and many other types of fish and seafood.

Sushi, maki, sashimi, nigiri, oshizushi — it’s all here, from the California and dragon rolls we’re all familiar with to tantalizing clam and sea urchin recipes.

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics ($24.95 US) — Using Judith’s recipes, thousands of home cooks have discovered not only how delicious and convenient food prepared in the slow cooker can be, but also how this handy appliance can be used to create an extraordinary range of dishes you might never have associated with a slow cooker.

This full-color reissue, with a new cover and all‑new trade paper binding, includes 60 new recipes, plus many of Judith’s favorites from three of her previous slow cooker cookbooks. The recipes span a wide range of meals and occasions, from everyday favorites to dishes that fit the bill for elegant entertaining, so you’re sure to find options that will satisfy and delight everyone. Vegetarian and vegan recipes are clearly identified.

Simply Vietnamese Cooking 135 Delicious Recipes
Simply Vietnamese Cooking 135 Delicious Recipes

Simply Vietnamese Cooking 135 Delicious Recipes ($19.95 USD) — Bright, delicate and satisfying, the cuisine of Vietnam is absolutely phenomenal. Sour flavors are balanced by salty ones, while sweet notes are answered by a little heat from chiles.

Nancie’s easy recipes will help you make an array of traditional dishes with widely available ingredients. You’ll find speedy stir-fries, vibrant salads and soothing soups, as well as numerous recipes for cooking meat and seafood on the grill. And all feature that wonderful balance between fresh herbs and spices (except for the sweets and drinks, of course!). You’ll soon be enjoying an array of authentic, classic recipes that really are fast enough to prepare during a busy work week.

With extensive information on ingredients, substitutions and time-saving techniques, along with suggested menus, you’ll be cooking simply sumptuous Vietnamese food in your home kitchen in no time.

Purchase at www.robertrose.ca

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Activity Books For All Ages

Even though I mostly do beauty reviews, there are so many other wonderful gifts to give!  I LOVE giving books of all kinds, so I am loving featuring great books this year.

I was sent the following fun books for my honest review — and they all are amazing!

The New York Times 'Tis the Season Crosswords
The New York Times ‘Tis the Season Crosswords

The New York Times ‘Tis the Season Crosswords ($18.99 USD) The New York Times ‘Tis the Season Crosswords is bound to make any crossword fan jolly. Edited by crossword great Will Shortz, this beautiful book offers 165 puzzles, from easy to hard. It’s the perfect crossword gift for the holiday season.

What I think:  This is a really neat book.  It has a pretty hardcover and it is spiral bound, which makes it easy to hold open and work the puzzles.  This is a fun gift for crossword lover!

From St. Martin’s Griffin

Ulysses Press Books
Ulysses Press Books

Apuglogies ($7.95 USD) — Don’t say sorry. Apuglogize. Features 20 adorable apology cards (and photos of pugs!) to tear out, give and make amends.

Emoticat Stickers ($14.95 USD) —  Say it with kitties. Features 200 peel-and-stick feline photos that can communicate all of your emotions to friends and loved ones.

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream ($12.95 USD) —  Release your creativity as you color these unfinished cards. Then, tear out your new whimsical work of art to share with friends or hang on your walls.

Cover Art ($15.95 USD) —  Showcase your love of literature. Features beautiful, hand-illustrated posters to tear out, frame and hang. Pre-sized prints fit 8”x10” frames and mattes with 5”x7” openings. Includes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Moby Dick,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and more.

What I think:  All of these books would make amazing gifts!  Apuglogies is the cutest little book ever!  You can write on the back of each card and then give it to someone to say sorry.  The Emoticat Stickers are adorable, I know lots of ladies and girls who would love these.  The coloring cards are perfect for the artist in your life.  I’m keeping Cover Art for myself, the posters are gorgeous!

Available at http://ulyssespress.com/

 

Last Minute Bath, Body and Home Holiday Gift Ideas

Have you found all of your gifts yet for friends, family and teachers?  Below are some great gift sets that anyone would be happy to receive!

Le Couvent des Minime Hand Cream Trio
Le Couvent des Minimes Hand Cream Trio

Le Couvent des Minimes Hand Cream Trio ($19.50, $24.00 Value) — This essential gift sets includes the brand’s best-loved hand creams. Made with treasured heritage recipes, Le Couvent des Minimes hand creams are both natural and restorative.

The trio includes:

Gardener’s Hand Cream (0.8 oz.): The award-winning, best-selling cream with Shea Butter and seven skin beneficial plant extracts.

Nourishing Hand Cream (0.8 oz.): A Honey and Shea infused cream with a delicate Honey aroma.

Soothing Night Hand Cream (0.8 oz.): A calming cream that’s perfect for bedtime with soothing Lavender and Acacia.

Available at usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

 Mary Kay Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Gift Set
Mary Kay Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Gift Set

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Gift Set ($25 USD) — For skin that shimmers with a scent that shines, it’s everything she could wish for in one perfectly packaged set. The set includes Shimmeriffic Body Lotion, Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and a decorative tin.

  • Features cheerful, fruity notes like snow apple and citrus sparkle.
  • Warms the heart with floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk.
  • Body lotion adds a subtle shimmer to skin.
  • Ideal for gift-giving – packaged in a festive holiday tin.

Available at http://www.marykay.com

Avon Femme Fragrance Gift Set
Avon Femme Fragrance Gift Set

Avon Femme Fragrance Gift Set  ($30 USD) —  The essence of glamour is captured in an alluring blend of rich jasmine petals, magnolia and amberwoods, all packaged in a beautiful gift box. The set includes an Eau de Parfum spray, Body Lotion and Fragrance Compact.

Available from an Avon representative and http://www.avon.com

Whish Holiday Set in Vanilla Spice
Whish Holiday Set in Vanilla Spice

Whish Holiday Set in Vanilla Spice ($20 USD) — Is soft skin on your list for the holidays? Luxuriate in a bath or long shower with our moisturizing body wash. Indulge your senses while you refine, polish, and pamper with our sugar scrub. Replenish and prepare for moisturized perfection with our triple antioxidant body butter. Now take that winter skin.

Holiday Set is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Tested on us, not animals.

Set includes:
Body Wash: 3 oz/265 mL
Body Butter: 3 oz/265 mL
Sugar Scrub: 3 oz/265 mL

Available at http://www.whishbody.com

Robin McGraw Revelation Light Of My Life Candles
Robin McGraw Revelation Light Of My Life Candles

Robin McGraw Revelation Light Of My Life Candles ($16.95 each or $49.95 for the set of 4) — The “Light of My Life” candles are made with a soy wax blend and 100% cotton wicks, giving you 10 hours of burn time to enjoy each unique scent.

  • 3 oz. net. / 85 g.
  • No animal testing

Scents:

The Phillip: An Evening at Home

  • Spicy cardamom in a jasmine base is lifted by a green floral finish.
  • Deep and complex.

The Jay: A Day on the Ocean

  • Rose, lilac and jasmine are balanced by fenugreek and vanilla to conjure sunny days at the beach.
  • Light and refreshing.

The Jordan: A Night on the Town

  • Vetiver top notes are grounded by cedar, vanilla and cloves.
  • Clean and woodsy, but intense.

The London: Summers of Our Youth

  • Citrus top notes of grapefruit and bergamot paired with a mellow leather and amber accord.
  • Clean and sweet.

Take care. Give care. We are committing 100% of the net proceeds from the “Light Of My Life” Candles Collection to support domestic violence prevention programs through When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation.

Available at http://www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com