2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season looks a little different this year: Many of us are curtailing our usual travel plans and reducing the size of our annual family gatherings. Holiday fêtes and office Christmas parties are on hold until next December. And wading into a crush of holiday shoppers in a big-box store is…not very appealing. If you’re wary of venturing out into stores or need to send your holiday gifts via mail this year, Bas Bleu is your one-stop shop for everyone on your gift list. Just check out our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Continue reading

Advent Calendars: Count Down to Christmas!

2020 is simultaneously racing and crawling by, which helps explain why we’re already making plans for Christmas while snacking on leftover Halloween candy. But there’s no need to put up the Christmas tree just yet (though we do recommend getting a jump on holiday shopping this year). It is time, however, to order your 2020 Advent calendars from Bas Bleu! Continue reading

7 Creepy, Spooky Houses from Classic Literature

The Halloween season is upon us, and though your usual festivities may be curtailed this year, Bas Bleu readers know there are plenty of haunted houses to explore in the pages of a good book. (Though somehow, faced with COVID-19 and all the other scares 2020 has thrown at us, these seven creepy, spooky houses from classic literature feel like an escape from our fears?) Whether you’re thrilled by creaking doors and things that go bump in the night or you’re in the habit of running past that weird old house on the corner, you’ll want to read about these eerie edifices with the lights on. Continue reading

’Tis the Season to Order Early

Bas Bleu’s Holiday 2020 edition lands in mailboxes next week, and it is—if we do say so ourselves—very merry and bright! Not only is it filled with wonderful gifts for everyone on your list, it’s also the grand reveal of our 2021 Book a Month selections. We’ll share more about those books next week, but we’d like to offer one recommendation today:

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Cards for Thinking of You Week

Next week is Thinking of You Week, an event developed to encourage people to send each other cards and handwritten notes. Say what you will about these “made-up holidays,” but there’s no denying that little burst of joy we feel when we open the mailbox and see a hand-addressed envelope peeking out between the store circulars and utility bills. 2020 has been a grueling year on so many fronts, and a little kindness and an extra effort to connect with the people we care about goes a long way. You don’t need a fancy card or a beautifully penned letter to say “thinking of you;” a ragged-edge piece of notebook paper is just as efficient a carrier of well-wishes, handwritten memories, and a “how are you?”. But if you would like to make your snail-mail missive extra-special during Thinking of You Week, Bas Bleu has you covered. Continue reading

Celebrating the Nineteenth Amendment

This year marks the centennial of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s Nineteenth Amendment, codifying the right to vote for American women. The final battle of the long, hard political war for women’s suffrage was won on August 18, 1920, in Nashville, Tennessee. On that day, the Volunteer State’s all-male House narrowly approved the amendment, thanks in large part to the last-minute defection of twenty-four-year-old Harry Burn, who famously changed his vote upon receipt of a letter from his mother, Febb: “Hurrah and vote for suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt.” Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just two weeks away! (Where has April gone?) If you’re planning to celebrate in person with your favorite mom, lucky you! But we know many families will be kept apart by enduring shelter-in-place orders. Bas Bleu is open for business—albeit with stringent safety measures in place—and ready to help you brighten Mother’s Day for your mother, grandmother, aunt, wife, or any other lady you love who deserves extra-special treatment on May 10. We created this Mother’s Day gift guide to make shopping a little more convenient…and, yes, to show off some of the wonderful new books and gifts that landed on our shelves this week! Continue reading

Christmas Reading Recommendations

open book with holly sprig and red Christmas ornament laid on top

On December 5, we hosted a Christmas book giveaway on the Bas Bleu Facebook page. To enter, readers shared their favorite Christmas read. The result? An impromptu, “crowd-sourced” holiday reading list from the Bas Bleu community! Several beloved classics made the list (Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is an overwhelming favorite). Other books have been featured in past editions of the Bas Bleu catalog. And we were thrilled to see so many titles we weren’t familiar with…because our editors love recommendations, too! With December 25 just around the corner, we compiled a list of these Christmas reading recommendations for your holiday bookshelf. Feel free to tell us in the comments section about your own favorite seasonal reads! Continue reading

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! Continue reading

Counting Our Blessings

wooden heart on pile of leaves to illustrate Counting Our Blessings blog post

Just like Santa’s workshop, Bas Bleu begins working on Christmas long before the calendar turns to December. For weeks now, our call center and warehouse have hummed with hardworking “elves” taking phone orders, packing boxes, wrapping gifts, and shipping out your holiday purchases. When we’re so focused on the retail season, it’s easy for Thanksgiving to get lost amid the hustle and bustle. That’s why we make a point every year, here in the Bluestocking Salon, to focus on counting our blessings. Continue reading