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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 - Gift Guide

’Tis the season for stocking stuffing! When you’re making your list and checking it twice, only to realize you’ve forgotten a few things—don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This gift guide, comprised of engaging, tasty, and adorable titles, will have friends and family bypassing the tree in favor of their stockings. 

1. Forest Bathing Retreat

People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation, and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn’t just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, poet Hannah Fries invites readers to bask in the company of trees, whether in a city park or a rural nature preserve. Forest Bathing Retreat is a distinctive gift that invites frequent revisiting for fresh insights and inspiration.

2. Everyday Gratitude

A Network for Grateful Living curates this collection of quotes and reflections aiming to help you discover that the roots of happiness lie in gratefulness. Inspiration from well-known minds such as Maya Angelou, Confucius, and Anne Frank is combined with original reflections and practices that will help you recognize the abundance of everyday opportunities for gratitude and joy. Hand-lettered art makes this beautifully designed collection a gift to treasure, regardless of whether you keep it for yourself or give it to a loved one.

3. Dogist Puppies

The Dogist Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. He fires up the Nikon. Fills his pockets with treats. Dresses in special gear—pants with built-in kneepads and shoes that are not only made for walking but also have a thick rubber toe for squatting. And last but not least, he packs a squeaky tennis ball. And then The Dogist is off, combing the streets in his quest to find dogs to photograph!

4. The Artisanal Kitchen: Sweets and Treats

Cheryl and Griffith Day, New York Times bestselling authors and owners of Savannah’s must-visit Back in the Day Bakery, share 33 homespun recipes for delicious special occasion entertaining. Try Pumpkin Crunch Bars for a Thanksgiving table, Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon–Cream Cheese Frosting for a caroling party, Pecan Brittle as a hostess gift, and Salted Caramel Popcorn when it’s time to pile into the den together and watch a favorite holiday movie.

5. The Artisanal Kitchen: Party Cakes

Nothing makes a statement like a celebration cake, especially when you bake it from scratch. Cheryl and Griffith Day, New York Times bestselling authors and owners of Savannah’s must-visit Back in the Day Bakery, touch all the high points of American cake magic—coconut, red velvet, carrot with cream cheese frosting, chocolate (both traditional and flourless), spice, angel food, and the essential pineapple upside-down— with 36 truly decadent, showstopping creations.

6. The Artisanal Kitchen: Baking for Breakfast

Make the happiest meal of the day even happier with 33 recipes for baked deliciousness from Cheryl and Griffith Day, New York Times bestselling authors and owners of Savannah’s must-visit Back in the Day Bakery. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or feeding the family, try these irresistible recipes for authentic Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits; inspired muffins, coffee cakes, and quick breads; one beautiful Farmers’-Market Quiche; and so much more.

7. The Campout Cookbook

Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award–winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining under the stars.

8. Area Mazes, Volume 2

Originally invented for gifted students, area mazes have taken all of Japan by storm. Are you a sudoku fanatic? Do you play brain games to stay sharp? Did you love geometry . . . or would you like to finally show it who’s boss? Try area mazes—they could be just what you’re craving! Volume Two delivers 100 more puzzles. Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value.

9. The Belly Sticker Book

You can’t log on to Facebook or Instagram without seeing photos of babies wearing adorable belly stickers to celebrate significant milestones (like “One month old!” and “My first word!”) and sets are popping up in stores everywhere. Now comes the very first book of belly stickers – a great way to capture and share all of your baby’s firsts, from important holidays and milestones to month-by-month anniversaries and just-for-fun moments. Simply peel off the sticker that celebrates your baby’s milestone and stick it to your baby’s chest. Then snap an adorable photo and post online for everyone to ooh and aah over.

10. The Pregnancy Sticker Book

You can’t log onto Facebook or Instagram without seeing photos of babies wearing adorable belly stickers to celebrate significant milestones (like “One month old!”), and now comes the very first book of belly stickers for moms‑to‑be! After the success of The Belly Sticker Book comes a brand-new book of belly stickers dedicated to pregnancy and beyond. Includes stickers that chart the pregnancy week by week, plus other fun announcements (“It’s a girl!”) and major milestones.

11. Smartflash: ABC Animals

Explore the world of ABCs with these charming animal flash cards. This lovely set of 26 flashcards is printed on sturdy board and connected with a plastic ring that can be removed to allow kids to sort the cards during free play. Their large size (5 by 2.75 inches) is perfect for the little fingers of curious babies and toddlers. Featuring an engaging collection of animals rthat start with the letters A through Z, this is the perfect way to learn about both animals and the alphabet, all through beautiful and colorful art.

12. "Never Cook Bacon Naked"

We have all done it: ruined an entire dinner; burned a piece of toast; served raw chicken to our guests. Cooking can be a daunting, frustrating, and hopeless pursuit . . . and when you are in a pickle, it's time for a little pep talk from some of the biggest cooking and non-cooking experts—people like Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, Truman Capote, Maya Angelou, and many others who, at one time or another, have also scorched their lunch. But remember, as the cookbook author Alana Chernila likes to say, “Homemade food is the opposite of perfection.”

13. Life in the Sloth Lane

Why are sloths always smiling? Perhaps it’s because they’ve mastered the art of taking it slow in a world whose frenzied pace is driving the rest of us crazy. Here, in a mindfulness book like no other, heart-tuggingly cute photographs of these always-chill creatures are paired with words of wisdom, all to inspire us to slow down, stop to enjoy the little things, and come up relaxed, centered, and smiling.


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