2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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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

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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

7 Unique Advent Calendars to Count Down to Christmas

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Once upon a time, Bas Bleu’s founder spied a beautiful German Advent calendar and thought: “Our readers might like that.” Two decades later, Advent calendars are a staple of our Autumn and Holiday catalogs, flying off the shelves faster than Rudolph zooms out of the North Pole! But what are Advent calendars….and, for that matter, what is Advent? Continue reading

11 Spooky Books and Treats for Halloween

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A tense cultural divide exists in America today, between those adults who think Halloween is strictly for children and those who spend months planning their costumes and designing elaborate decoration schemes for their homes. We’re somewhere in the middle: We love bite-sized candy and carving pumpkins, but we draw the line at buying the special tool that shoots fake cobwebs onto your roof. If you’re happy to leave the dress-up and trick-or-treating to the wee bluestockings, but enjoy the thrills and chills of All Hallows’ Eve, Bas Bleu has you covered with this collection of 11 spooky books and treats for Halloween. Continue reading

10 Treats for Love Your Pet Day

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If you’re reading this with a four-legged family member sprawled in your lap or sitting on your computer keyboard, congratulations! You’re ahead of the pack celebrating National Love Your Pet Day. We’re not entirely sure how this day is different from the other 364 of the year; most of the pets we know are spoiled rotten all year long! But here at Bas Bleu, we think National Love Your Pet Day is a great opportunity for an extra snuggle with your furry friend…and the perfect excuse to peruse a handful of our purr-fect (sorry, we couldn’t resist) animal-centric offerings. Continue reading

14 Poems for Valentine’s Day

With its origins in the religious feast day of a martyred Roman saint, we’re a little fuzzy on how exactly Valentine’s Day evolved over the centuries into a popular secular celebration of love, romance, and chocolate. But no matter if you embrace the day with gusto or scoff at the oversized expectations it brings, devoted Bas Bleu readers can’t deny the power of a great love poem! Whether you’re looking to restore your faith in love, searching for the perfect words to inscribe in your sweetheart’s valentine, or turning your focus inward after a relationship ends, these fourteen poems for Valentine’s Day will make your literature-lovin’ heart beat a little faster. As always, feel free to share your favorite love poems in the comments section below. (To read each poem in full, click on the graphic.) Continue reading

Bas Bleu’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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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! Continue reading

Gratefully Yours

In the midst of the cooking and the shopping and the party-going and the travel-planning, it can be easy to forget that the holiday season is intended to celebrate gratitude, joy, fellowship, and other non-monetary gifts. At Bas Bleu, we’re not about to dissuade you from holiday shopping—we believe our eclectic selection of books and gifts will make Christmas a little brighter—but we do want to stop for a moment in our Thanksgiving preparations to tell you how grateful we are for you, our readers.

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World War I Armistice: A Centenary Reading List

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In the United States, November 11 is commemorated as Veterans Day, the annual recognition of our nation’s armed-forces veterans. But Veterans Day (named a national holiday in 1954 by President Eisenhower) has its roots in Armistice Day, the anniversary of the armistice signed by the Allies and Germany to end World War I. The signing famously took place at eleven o’clock in the morning, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice, a solemn remembrance of the war that military historian Gary Sheffield calls “the single event that more than any other can be said to have shaped the world in which we live.” In honor of the World War I armistice centenary this month, we’re spotlighting a selection of Bas Bleu books (and one mug) that tackle the heroism, sacrifice, and brutality of the Great War…and its lasting legacy. Continue reading