This book gathers more than 100 of Cheryl Strayed’s most unforgettable quotes from her writing and packages them together to create a powerful and inspiring life manual that teaches us to be brave and keep putting one foot in front of the other. With quotes like, “Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of. Your life will be a hundred times better for it,” it’s a gem every woman must read, and then pass to her sisters, friends or mother.
The perfect gift for the fashionista to keep on her coffee table, this book, featuring 366 breathtaking watercolor paintings of shoes, is a sole-to-sole guide to understanding the astrological traits associated with your day of birth. Each day’s shoe—which range from Louboutin slingbacks to Vivienne Westwood boots to Gucci loafers—has been hand-picked, based on the wearer’s sign, by astrologist sisters The AstroTwins and reveals layers about their personality. For instance, those born on April 25, “live a life that’s as dreamy and as colorful as the swirl of this Christian Dior platform.”
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Do you know someone in your life that wants to get organized? Like, really commit to living more simply, with less stuff? Then they need Marie Kondo. Her KonMari Method is systematic—going category-by-category to determine what sparks joy and then where it should belong. Her toughest rule is one about unread books: intending to read them “sometime” really means “never.” But she does change lives for the better—after all, the book has spent over 50 weeks on the New York Times-bestseller list and sold over 3 million copies—all those people can’t be wrong, right?
How to Tie a Scarf
Scarves are some of the most versatile additions to any wardrobe, but if I remember to add one to an outfit, it’s usually just draped haphazardly on top. This silk-covered guide teaches 33 ways to wrap, fold and tuck your scarves in stylish ways. Styles for every season and every size scarf, your sartorial pal will have a ball twisting and testing these out all year long.
The Virgin Suicides
This teeny copy of this American classic fits in the back pocket of your jeans. Perfect for when you need to devour a book while on the go, but the stunning cover of this limited edition copy will also pop brightly on your bookshelf. Re-read the hauntingly tragic story of the beautiful Lisbon sisters who all commit suicide over the course of one year and fall in love all over again with the story that inspired Sofia Coppola’s critically acclaimed film.
Warning: if you give this as a gift, you may not see the recipient again until after they’ve finished it. Mini in size, but mighty in its suspenseful nature, Gillian Flynn’s troubling story of a haunted house will wallop the reader over the head. Just like she did in Gone Girl, you think you know the way the story is headed and then Flynn completely changes direction. This is a must-read for the thriller fan in your life.
No-bake marshmallow treats are pretty much the best thing ever and Stephanie Banyas (Bobby Flay’s longtime business assistant) has just managed to make them even better. Starting with instructions on how to make your own marshmallows, she goes on to blow our minds with all the insane flavor combos she adds as toppings: toasted coconut, peanut butter chips, crumbled cookies and pretzels. Yum. And the best part? No oven required. These definitely aren’t your grandmother’s Rice Krispies Treats, so this book is the ideal treat for anyone dying to spice up the next school bake sale.
Do One Thing Every Day That Inspires You
Every day is a chance to stretch the bounds of your creativity and this journal is a great place to start honing that skill. Peppered throughout with quotes from artists, writers, and musicians, the prompts encourage you to take a few minutes every day to use your imagination, doodle, and think outside the box. At the end of the year, glance back to see the innovative journey your mind has taken you on.
Teenagers are prone to struggles—battling bullies and body image, while searching for self-confidence and identity—and this book is the perfect companion guide to help tackle those issues. Written by Emily-Anne Rigal, founder and director of the antibullying organization WeStopHate.org, this book acts as a cheerleader, helping teens shake off the haters and embrace their perfectly imperfect selves so they can let their light shine. Any teenager will return to this one again and again for its trustworthy voice and practical advice.
This Book Is a Planetarium
This isn’t your basic children’s pop-up book. The pages in this volume defy convention, transforming into six fully functional tools: a working musical instrument, a decoder ring, a speaker, an infinite calendar, a spiralgraph and yes, a planetarium that projects constellations. Brooklyn-based artist Kelli Anderson explains the scientific principles she’s used in her creations, making this the perfect gift for anyone who has an insatiable curiosity and a love of flawless design.
Whether they’re filled with organizational wisdom, high-class horoscopes, riveting fiction or chic accessorizing instruction, one thing is for sure: these books will fit perfectly in a stocking or gift bag and will delight whoever receives them.
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