Unusual Books for the Christmas List

Monday, December 3, 2012

Books make great gifts.

They’re not too expensive and whatever the interests of the recipient there’s bound to be a book or two to appeal to them out there!

Today I thought I’d share a few of the mose unsual books I’ve been sent for review this year. They’re books that at first glance might have limited appeal, but in reality, could make a great and unique gift for the right person, with interests that aren’t actually as niche as the title suggests!

The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design

There’s not many people would ask for a book about Handkerchiefs, but the prints and designs in this book are beautiful and will be fascinating to anyone with an interest in fashion, design and vintage.

Ukulele Crazy!: Everything You Need to Know About the Ukulele and How to Play It

The ukulele is a popular instrument at the moment, fairly easy to pick up (so I understand, I’ve never tried!) and cheap to buy as well. This book isn’t just a “how to play the ukulele” guide, it’s about the history of the ukulele and the instrument itself. If you know someone who plays the ukulele then it’s an ideal gift, or combine it with a ukulele for someone with a musical bent who might be interested in learning to play. You can get ukuleles from Musician’s Friend.

The Art of Taxidermy

I don’t care who you’re buying for, I can almost guarantee you won’t accidentally duplicate gifts if you buy this. It sounds a little a little outlandish, unless you know someone already has a taste for taxidermy, but actually there’s something in here for anyone with an interest in history, particularly the Victorian era when Taxidermy had it’s heyday. A really unusual book for the right person.

8 Responses
  • Helen
    December 3, 2012

    I was hunting round Stratford-upon-Avon for gifts at the weekend and found a shop called Vinegar Hill (I think that’s what it was called….) Anyway, I had decided to give my stepdad a garden gnome for Christmas as he’s impossible to buy for, then I found a book on motoring by Vic Darkwood. It’s a Chap magazine book, and I was very relieved to find it as I thought my stepdad was impossible to buy for!

  • Food, Fash, Fit
    December 3, 2012

    Those are really eclectic and cool books! I just ordered a copy of Gil Elvgren’s 50s pin-ups as a little pre-Christmas gift to myself, but that would also be a cool gift for Christmas!

    • Gemma
      December 4, 2012

      Oooh, yes, that sounds like a great gift as well!

  • tinydenzac
    December 4, 2012

    Fancy the Ukulele one meself

  • gary taylor
    December 4, 2012

    Fancy the ukulele gook meself

  • Gemma
    December 4, 2012

    There are a few good chap magazine books. I won one in the Ric Rac Club raffle, can’t remember which one now!