Gift Ideas: Holiday Books & Puzzles

Get a jump on your holiday gift giving with these nostalgic, retro holiday books and puzzles.  These are some of my personal favorites and still available online and in bookstores.  But snatch them quick – looks like the holiday shoppers are wiping out a lot of inventory!

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY, Holiday Music from Bing to Sting, by Dave Marsh and Steve Propes:  A small book of 90+ pages that will entertain you with trivia and history on Christmas Hits from the past.
A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS, The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965, by Susan Waggoner is a delightful small hardbound book (7 ¼” x 9 ½”) giving you 100 pages of heartwarming nostalgia.  Holiday images and history from those years featuring holiday decorating, advertising, the “in” toys, fabulous foods, etc.
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, Gifts, Activities, Fads, and Fancies from 1920s-1960s also by Susan Waggoner featuring the best of holiday times and trends for those years.  Like Susan’s other books, this small book (approx. 120 pages) filled with nostalgic imagery and stories to go with them.  Ms. Waggoner’s books are just a simply sweet holiday step back in time.
CHRISTMAS CURIOSITIES, Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas by John Grossman will appeal to those who enjoy oddities of the past.  Some are scary, some are fun, some are naughty and some are nice!  This small hardbound book (6 ¾” x 7”) is chocked full of vintage images and the folklore that goes with it.
POSTCARDS FROM TIMES SQUARE, Sights & Sentiments From the Last Century by George J. Lankevich.  A small paperback book (8 ½ x 5 ½) that makes a good stocking stuffer for baby boomers who would enjoy taking a stroll down Times Square from the beginning.  150+ pages filled with vintage postcards and the history of Times Square.
CHILLERS FOR CHRISTMAS and SHIVERS FOR CHRISTMAS, an Anthology of Crime, Mystery & Horror are both edited by Richard Dalby.  Definitely for those of you who want the thrill of an “extra” chill for the holidays.  Both anthologies feature well known authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lesser known authors.  These spine tingling stories and supernatural tales are probably best read with the lights “ON” and maybe a spot of sherry to help you fall asleep!
STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS BY CHARLES DICKENS – While there are many Dickens books out there, I love this one with a hardbound green and gold cover and red a ribbon marker.  It’s a substantial and beautiful book with over 400 pages of classic Dickens.
FOR THE MYSTERY LOVER ON YOUR LIST:  Check out the BOOK CATEGORY/MYSTERY on my blog for my Top 10 Holiday Mystery Picks and also the Kensington Mysteries.
FOR FANS OF JIGSAW PUZZLES there’s plenty Holiday Puzzles (as well as thousands of others) to choose from online and in retail stores.  My favorite puzzle companies are White Mountain Puzzles and Bits and Pieces.  This time of year, many puzzles feature vintage and nostalgic images.
CROSSWORD PUZZLES, SUDOKU, WORD SEARCHES, etc. can be found in bookstores and online.  I’ve found plenty of them with holiday themes.  These make great stocking stuffers for friends who love mental challenges.

Watch Wonder Women Sixty for more holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers (readers and non-readers).  With Thanksgiving falling so late in November, the Christmas will be upon us faster than you can say “huh??”

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