Gift Ideas: EBM books, Humor, Stationery, Calendars

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ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for EBM Books, Humor, Stationery and Calendars as supplied by Steven, Martijn, Simone and Ester.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

EBM (Espresso Book Machine) Books

Gay & Happy: Het handboek voor de moderne homo – Steven van Lijnden

The perfect gift for those recently out-of-the-closet. Please note that this book by our in-house author is in Dutch. The English translation is coming late December or early January.

Visions From Now,Here – Fernando Lobo

Is it a book or an art-project? Fernando Lobo presents surreal dreamscapes in bookform. Great for artful meditation!

Google Books

There are oodles upon oodles of books on very specific topics to be found in our EBM database, including ancients documents scanned by Google which we can print for you. How about a collection of Christmas carols or tips for ye olde ‘parlour games’ to entertain your guests?


Moranthology – Caitlin Moran

Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling How To Be A Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.
Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be ‘quite chatty’ about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks – and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: And Other Stories – Tim Burton

Twenty-three illustrated gothic tales from the dark corridors of the imagination of the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish. Burton’s lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and tragedy of a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children – hopeful, yet hapless beings.

The Book of (Even More) Awesome – Neil Pasricha

From the author of the #1 International Bestseller The Book of Awesome and the award-winning, multimillion-hit website comes…EVEN MORE of the little things that make us smile every day! (more…)

The Bro Code for Parents: What to Expect When You’re Awesome – Neil Patrick Harris & Matt Kuhn

So you’re going to be a parent.
You might be asking yourself a series of important questions:
Will I be a good parent? • Will I be able to afford this? • Can I ever have sex again?
Well, the answer to all these questions is a rock-solid no. But just because your existence is now a petrifying turd on the canvas of life doesn’t mean your kid has to be as lame as you’re about to become. That’s why I’ve written this book—to teach you how to be an awesomommy or legendaddy. (more…)

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia of Existing Knowldege – Joe Randazzo

Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you will ever need: The Onion’s compendium of all things known.
Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, The Onion Book of Known Knowledge is packed with valuable information-such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one’s self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or “pail.” With hundreds of entries for all 27 letters of the alphabet, The Onion Book of Known Knowledge must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.


Vintage Postcards from Vanity Fair: One Hundred Classic Covers

A box of 100 lovely postcards for all occasions. Suitable as a gift for just about anyone.

Nodding Blooms Micro Journal

In our collection of Paperblanks journals and address books you are bound to find the right one for that special someone.

Vintage Numbers Mini Notebook

Check out our selection of Cavallini products to find the gift you are looking for: lovely glitter greeting cards in metal tins, notebooks and journals.

Calendars & Diaries

Official Star Wars Classic 3D 2013 Calendar

If you are a fan of George Lucas’ epic space opera franchise then this awesome Star Wars calendar will make a great addition to your home in the New Year. Featuring all of your favourite characters including Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and R2D2, this cult classic calendar will help keep you organised as you star on the light side of 2013. Each month has a large and colourful image of the characters as well as a calendar grid down the left hand side.

Quilting Block & Pattern-A-Day 2013 Calendar

For centuries the art of quilting has been passed from generation to generation and now you can try your hand at it with this brilliant desk calendar. Each day there is something new to try, it could be a quilt, a pillow or something decorative. Whatever it is you are bound to have hours of fun every day of the year!

Interested in the history of quilting, or want to meet a living legend in this particular craft?  Then read our Quilty Pleasures post and come to Amsterdam on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, to meet none other than Kaffe Fassett!

Moleskine: Peanuts Pocket Weekly Notebook (limited edition)

The Peanuts Limited Edition 18 Month pocket weekly diary celebrates Schulz’s iconic comic strip and runs from July 2012-December 2013. The front features a white and glossy black foil debossing illustration and a Peanuts quote on a black hard cover and the inside pages are bespoke with Peanuts themed flyleaves. It includes themed adhesive labels, 208 pages of acid-free threadbound paper, an expandable inner pocket and a ribbon bookmark. Presented with the week on the left and a ruled page to the right.