Holiday Books and Gift Ideas

Get a jump on your holiday gift giving list with these nostalgic, retro holiday books and puzzles.  And consider grabbing some of these for yourself (after all, you probably made “Santa’s Nice List).  These are older books, but are still available online at various retailers if you order soon before they run out.

THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE:  A coffee table book chocked full of everything:  Christmas traditions, holiday entertaining (including recipes), decorating, gift giving – even stories and songs of Christmas Past.  Beautiful photographs – it’s the type of book you’ll want to put out every holiday season to use and enjoy.  (original as well as reprinted versions are available)

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 (7 ¼” x 9 ½”) is 120 page 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.

5 ANTHOLOGIES EDITED BY RICHARD DALBY:  Through the years, I’ve collected all 5 of them for my personal library and always enjoy getting them out during the holidays:  CHILLERS FOR CHRISTMAS, SHIVERS FOR CHRISTMAS and HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS:  These 3 anthologies are for those who want the thrill of an “extra” chill for the holidays.  They feature such well known authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lesser known authors.  These spine tingling and supernatural tales are probably best read with the lights “ON” — and you may need a spot of sherry to help you fall asleep!  FOR MYSTERY FANS:  MYSTERY FOR CHRISTMAS and CRIME FOR CHRISTMAS: whodunits and crime capers that make for great reads on a wintery night.

STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS BY CHARLES DICKENS – There are many terrific Dickens Christmas stories anthologies out there and plenty of good ones to choose from.  My favorites are:  Charles Dickens Christmas Stories, A Classic Collection for Yuletide and Charles Dickens Complete Christmas Collection (by Charles Dickens and CSA publishing).

FOR THE MYSTERY LOVER ON YOUR LIST:  Check out the reviews under BOOK CATEGORY/MYSTERY on my blog for my for some of the best holiday mysteries to fill someone’s stocking (including yours).

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, Eurographics and Bits and Pieces.  This time of year, there are puzzles on every topic imaginable as well as vintage and nostalgic themes.  Americana Christmas or winter scenes are perfect for this time of year.

CROSSWORD PUZZLES, SUDOKU, WORD SEARCHES, etc. can be found in bookstore and online.  There are plenty 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) coming your way soon!

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