2019 Holiday Gift Guide

child's hands holding wrapped Christmas gift

We’d hardly made a dent in the Thanksgiving leftovers when we realized: December is here! But there’s no need to panic. We know you’d rather spend the holiday season enjoying yourself—decking the halls, baking delicious treats, visiting with friends and family, and (of course) reading—instead of rushing through chaotic big-box stores and sitting in mall traffic. That’s why we’ve made Bas Bleu your one-stop shop for everyone on your gift list. Just check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!

Below, we’ve highlighted one item from each of the gift categories; simply click on the header to see more of our favorite picks on our website. For those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list who seem to have it all, our amazing 2020 Book a Month packages and Bas Bleu gift certificates are always a big hit. If Santa is struggling to find fun stocking stuffers, our elves can help. And remember: Bas Bleu Society members always receive free standard shipping, 15% off books, gift-wrapping services at half price, and special offers via email!

While you’re perusing our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, be sure to snag a treat (or two, or three…) for yourself, as a reward for your hard work finding terrific gifts for everyone you love. Just think of all the extra reading time you’ll have once your shopping is done!

For Book Loving Introverts

Booklover Tea For One Set

Tea party for one, please! Our Booklover Tea for One Set is a 3-in-1 delight, disassembling into an 18-ounce teapot, a 12-ounce tea cup, and a 6″-diameter saucer that’s perfect for teaspoons, teabags, or a side of snacks. It’s an uncommonly delightful gift to fuel reading marathons!

For Curious Kids

Peter Rabbit children's book with set of six wooden skittles painted to look like book's characters

Filled with sweet adventures and gentle mischief, this set of five Peter Rabbit board books by Beatrix Potter is bound to elicit giggles from wee bluestockings! And to add to the jolly fun, this colorful set of old-fashioned skittles (resembling Peter, Squirrel Nutkin, and other characters) promises big fun for little ones, who will love setting up the six pins and knocking them down with the colorful wooden balls.

For History Buffs

bone china mug painted with illustrations of Henry VIII and his six wives

The lifelong history student you know will be pleased as punch to have a coffee date with Henry VIII and all six of his wives! Crafted in Stoke-on-Trent, the historical heart of England’s pottery industry, this fine-bone china mug takes seven days to make, using centuries-old traditional methods.

For Know-It-Alls

cards and other game pieces for word game Codswallop

Know someone who thinks they know it all? Test their mettle with this confounding word game. The object is simple: Determine which definition is true…and which one is a load of Codswallop! Each card in the deck is printed with an obscure word that’s bound to challenge even the brainiest trivia whiz!

For Book-Club Buddies

two bags of Literary Fortune Cookies on a tabletop with books

Fortune favors the bold…and the bookish! Celebrate your book-loving friends when you share these festive literary treats, which were created exclusively for Bas Bleu’s readers by a bakery in France. Choose from traditional flavor or chocolate…or snag a bag of each to improve your good fortune!

For Globetrotters

book cover of deluxe edition of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

For the jet-setter who’s always on the go as well as the homebody with big dreams of seeing the world, this gorgeous, hefty travel guide will inspire world travelers with spectacular color photographs of the world’s natural and man-made wonders, plus brief text highlighting historical, cultural, and geographic details.

For Animal Lovers

book cover of Superlative: The Biology of Extremes

The biggest land mammal, the fastest bird, the loudest whale, the slowest-evolving creature…the animals starring in this magnificent work of science writing definitely would earn their own page in their high school yearbook! Our reviewer declared Superlative “boggled my mind and altered my perception of the remarkable life-forms around us.”

For Librarians and Teachers

hanging garland made out of children's board books that spells "I (heart) books"

It’s impossible to repay librarians and teachers for all they do for readers, students, for our communities as a whole. But you can help them declare their love of books to the world—and to the youngsters whose lives they influence every day—with this cheerful garland made from upcycled children’s board books.

For Faithful Correspondents

set of eight fountain pens in a rainbow of colors

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who still sends birthday wishes via snail mail, drafts beautiful letters, never forgets to write a thank-you note, and considers cursive writing to be a valuable life skill, then you’re lucky to know someone who will cherish this rainbow of fountain pens.

For Nature Lovers

cover and sample page from Audubon's Birds of America Giant Coloring Books

If you can’t treat the nature lover you know to a deluxe safari or a birdwatching vacation, give them the next best thing: a chance to capture (on paper!) the magnificent feathered beauties from John J. Audubon’s masterpiece The Birds of America. Measuring 12″x16½”, the designs in this giant coloring book make a big impression!

For the Consummate Hostess or Host

set of three votive candles in holiday fragrances

Whether welcoming you as a houseguest, a dinner guest, or a party crasher, the host with the most (or “hostess with the mostess”) greeting you at the door will appreciate this thoughtful little gift: a trio of jarred votive candles scented with your favorite seasonal fragrances. Receiving lots of invitations this holiday season? Snag several sets of candles, so you’ll always have one on hand to gift.

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2 thoughts on “2019 Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Thank you for this glorious gift guide. I always relish the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love to spend those few days reflecting on our Thanksgiving celebration, decorating our home, finishing up gift lists, reading and listening to Christmas music. This year was an assault on that special time. We always gift our son, daughter, daughter-in-law and son-in-law with a special new book for Christmas. Our seven grandchildren get something new to wear and something new to read. Our Christmas shopping is all but finished in one enjoyable visit to your website. Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Judith. We’re glad we could help keep the Christmas season merry and bright for you! We hope everyone loves their new books. Thank you for supporting Bas Bleu!

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