Sunday, December 09, 2007

The 2007 Holiday Guide

Per my earlier post on gift giving, here is a more specific list on what you can give this holiday season. I’ve included books for several ages, movies, a small selection of music, and some miscellaneous stuff. There’s also a lot of Christmas-themed stuff out there, so don’t miss those treasures. Make sure you check out the other post for additional guidance and ideas.

Children’s Books (Picture and Early Reader):
Animalia by Graeme Base
Cinderella Penguin: Little Glass Flipper (Picture Puffins) by Janet Perlman
The Disney Fairies series is a good way to get younger girls reading. They start with Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine.
Emma's Gift by Molly Idle (Robert’s Snow Illustrator!)
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis
Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess (Julie Andrews Collection) by Brittney Ryan has beautiful illustrations. This is sure to become a Christmas classic.
Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer (Robert’s Snow Illustrator!)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin (If You Give...) by Laura Numeroff
Jingle Bugs (Mini Edition): A Merry Pop-up Book with Lights and Music by David A. Carter
Kilala Princess is a great comic series for young princess lovers.
My Mommy's Tote by P. H. Hanson
The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell

Middle Grade Books:
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
The Dangerous Book for Boys is great for a variety of ages and so is The Daring Book for Girls
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Warriors Super Edition: Firestar's Quest (Warriors) by Erin Hunter
How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm
The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up: Based on the Books by C. S. Lewis (Narnia) and Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy are here, but these beautiful books are really good for any age.
Regarding the Bees: A Lesson, in Letters, on Honey, Dating, and Other Sticky Subjects by Kate Kilse is the newest Regarding the... book to come out.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivan Vande Velde
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

Young Adult Books:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Bad Girls Club by Judy Gregerson
Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper #1 (Beka Cooper) by Tamora Pierce
Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella" by Cameron Dokey is one of the newest from the Once Upon a Time series.
Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb
Dramarama By E. Lockheart
Eclipse (Twilight, Book 3) by Stephanie Meyer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling, but the Harry Potter Boxset Books 1-7 is also a good idea.
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Sisters of Isis: The Summoning (Sisters of Isis #1) by Lynne Ewing
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones
Daughters of the Moon: The Final Eclipse - #13 is the last Daughters of the Moon series book to be released.
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Adult Books:
Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
Bradley Trevor Greive has a great number of excellent books, including the The Blue Day Book.
Christmas Time by Sandra Boynton is great for all ages, but parents will appreciate the humor most.
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen (Wordsworth Special Editions)
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Debbie Macomber is a great choice for romance lovers. If your receiver is already a fan, make sure you pick up Back on Blossom Street (The Knitting Books #3), out this summer.
Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler Series, Book 1) by Shanna Swendson
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot is interesting. The first is Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery.
Janet Evanovich is a good choice for romance, especially her Stephanie Plum series. Lean Mean Thirteen was just released this summer.
Just Jane: A Novel of Jane Austens Life by Nancy Moser

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Elf (Infinifilm Edition)
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales - Follow Your Dreams is great for young Disney lovers.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Widescreen Edition)
If your little girl is into the Barbie movies, the newest one released is Barbie as The Island Princess.
It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition)
The Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition
The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Widescreen Edition)
National Treasure (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) is sure to be popular once the new one comes out next week.
Night at the Museum (Widescreen Edition)
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End (Widescreen Edition)
TV DVDs are also a great choice for gifts. The Office is really popular now, but I enjoy The Closer, The West Wing, and Psych.

Carnival Ride by Carrie Underwood
Enchanted Soundtrack
Noel by Josh Groban
Greatest Hits (Special Edition CD/DVD) by Keith Urban
Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Song
Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Complete Ballet
Still Feels Good by Rascal Flatts

Still stumped at what to give? Well, let’s try a few other things:
The new Amazon Kindle is a cool eReader. A great option for book lovers that you don’t know what to get for.
If you’re shopping for younger children, you really should consider checking into getting them a Webkinz. These cute plush toys all come with a virtual pet that they can play with. If you want to learn more about Webkinz, you can read my other blog.
Do you have music lover in the house? Why not get them new accessories for their iPod?
If you have TiVo system, Amazon Unbox is a great cheaper option for buying movies.
If you know someone who likes to experiment with new makeup, you might want to look into the new Bare Minerals collection. This is the same stuff I use, and you can snag some great deals on it if you buy it from Amazon.
And remember, gift certificates are always a good way to go too.

And just in case you wanted to see everything before you buy, here it is. A (nearly) complete sideshow of every book thing on this list:

And one of everything else:

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Great holiday guide, but you forgot the most important DVD of all for this holiday season! The Limited Ed. Christmas Classics DVD box set! I got this as a stocking stuffer for my kids-really the family as a whole. It's got 7 of the original tales, including "Frosty the Snowman", "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", and my personal favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"! It even includes a bonus Christmas music that'll be great to play in your home during the holiday season. For more info, check out the Christmas Classic's site at (I'm also currently working with them to promote the DVD and they hooked me up with one, so I guarantee you it's perfect for the classics lovers out there!)