wrapped packages for Bas Bleu's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! If you’re like us, you vow every year to get a jump-start on your shopping before the craziness of the season sets in. And every year December creeps up more stealthily than ever before. Because you’d probably prefer to spend the holiday season enjoying yourself—decking the halls, baking delicious treats, visiting with friends and family, and (of course) reading—rather than rushing through the mall and sitting in traffic, make Bas Bleu your one-stop shop for everyone on your gift list. Just check out our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

We’ve chosen one item from each collection of suggestions to highlight; simply click on the header to see more of our favorite picks. For those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list who seem to have it all, our amazing 2019 Book a Month packages and Bas Bleu gift certificates are always a big hit. If Santa needs a little help finding fun stocking stuffers, our elves can help him out! (Remember: Bas Bleu Society members always receive free standard shipping, 15% off most books, gift-wrapping services at half price, and special offers via email!)

And while you’re perusing our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, be sure to snag a treat (or two, or three…) for yourself, for all your hard work finding terrific gifts for everyone you love. Just think of all the extra reading time you’re going to have once your shopping is done!

For Bookish Introverts

Tricked out with a two-speed vibrating massage (with heat option!), an adjustable LED reading light, a built-in cup holder, and a large side pocket (for holding books, reading glasses, snacks, and other stuff), our Carepeutic Backrest Bed Lounger will convert your bed into a reader’s paradise!

For Mystery Mavens

Ever wondered what it would be like if your favorite female sleuths all joined forces to save the world? Well…The Big Book of Female Detectives isn’t exactly that literary fantasy scenario, but it does span more than a century and come jam-packed with 70+ mystery stories helmed by (and often written by) women.

For Curious Kids

It’s tough to know what will please the youngsters on your list, so we created our Well-Read Kids’ Packs, sure to delight babies, toddlers, and elementary-school students. Gift them to kiddos for Christmas or birthdays, to new parents stocking the nursery, or to grandparents, aunts, and uncles who want to “be prepared” for little visitors!

For Adventurous Globetrotters

You’ll have the world at your fingertips when you plan your next adventure with the magnificent Visual Atlas of the World. Weighing in at nearly ten pounds, it includes detailed maps, stunningly gorgeous photos, fascinating infographics, cool satellite imagery, and intriguing historical tidbits. It’s amazing!

For History and Trivia Buffs

In Titans of History, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore catalogs 618 crucial figures, men and women who–for better or for worse–left their mark on the world. Rameses the Great, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Pablo Picasso, Anne Frank…and more!

For Your Book-Club Buddies

Once upon a time, the term “bluestocking” was lobbed as an insult at intelligent, bookish women. But considering we named our company after les bas bleus, it’s safe to say we wear the term proudly. Our customers do too, which is why we made this Bluestocking Mug especially for you. Cheers to you, and to all of the insatiably curious, quick-witted readers you know!

For Animal Lovers

We love naturalist Sy Montgomery’s wonderful books, and this unique illustrated memoir is no exception! Beautiful, empathetic, and edifying for mind and spirit, her stories of encounters with dogs, pigs, emus, tarantulas, weasels, tree kangaroos, and more will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who calls an animal “friend.”

For Your Favorite Librarians and Teachers

As superpowers go, the ability to deftly diagramming sentences is a big one! But even if you’re a “regular joe” when it comes to mapping the written word, our Call Me Ishmael Diagrammed Sentence Postcards are sure to garner a laugh from language lovers, grammar gurus, and rabid readers.

For Those Who Keep It Real

Writer Paula McLain has captivated millions of readers with her novels The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin. Yet this honest and steadfast memoir of her childhood in California’s child welfare system is a riveting true tale more powerful than fiction, of a world that few of us have or ever will experience.

For the Consummate Host or Hostess

In this season filled with gatherings, get-togethers, and blow-out parties, it can be tough to find unique (and affordable) host gifts to stockpile. That’s why we love this clever Waxed Planter kit: It’s a fun, hands-on twist on a classic holiday floral gift!


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