Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Like Books

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Everyone knows one: that person who doesn’t read books.  Who thinks books are old-fashioned and just bits of dead tree (or useless bits and bytes, for that matter).  Who claims that reading is not something they do.  Well, we have gifts for them too!  All you have to do is check our Magazines, Audio Books, Calendars, Games and Stationery sections (we also have Cards, and Merchandise like Pop! Vinyl figures), or the areas near our cash registers that are always filled with little bits and bobs you didn’t know you absolutely needed to have.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Magazines

Audio*

*The Audio Book section can be found at ABC The Hague.

Ebook available for Romeo and Juliet, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and The Bone Clocks.

“Nothing beats a full-cast dramatization of The Bard’s work. Apart, perhaps, from actually attending the play, of course. For reading and studying purposes, though, listening to the words come to life is an amazing help.” – ABC The Hague’s Audio books buyer Sophie on Romeo and Juliet.

“Read by the author himself, actor Chris Colfer of Glee fame. You should really get the rest of the series, too, all read by him: The Enchantress Returns and A Grimm Warning.” – Sophie on The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.

“Any new David Mitchell book should be cause for a national holiday, really. To have this book read to you by a cast of performers, in its entirety, is a real treat!” – Sophie on The Bone Clocks.

Calendars

“The calendar with a big and loyal audience.” – ABC The Hague’s Calendars buyer Ester on the Normal Rockwell 2015 Wall Calendar.

“Release the inner cook in you next year.” – Ester on The Cupcake Daily Calendar 2015.

“For all of you who don’t want to be stuck at ‘Je m’appelle’ and ‘Il pleut a Paris’.” – Ester on the Learn French Daily Calendar 2015.

Games

Munchkin and Adventure Time have joined forces to create a totally awesome gaming adventure in the land of Ooo. Play as Finn, Jake, Marceline, or one of your other favorite characters and score loot, and lost of it! Get help from Tree Trunks or Susan Strong, and wield the power of the Enchiridion, the Ball Blam Burglerber or the mighty Axe-Bass. The Ice King won’t stand a chance!” – ABC Amsterdam’s Games buyer Jitse on Munchkin Adventure Time.

“All four Minecraft handbooks are now available together is this beautiful gold-foiled box set. It includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook. For those few of you still unaware of Minecraft: the game allows players to build, explore, collaborate and survive in a virtual world. This box set is excellent for both beginners and advanced players.” – Jitse on Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection.

“The Player’s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons role-player. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more. Much anticipated over the last year the 5.0 version of Dungeons and Dragons heralds a new stage in role-playing. The makers have streamlined the rules to be more intuitive and not overly complicated. The game is al lot of fun this way. The Player’s Handbook is beautifully illustrated throughout and so not just a book to use for game play, but also for inspiration for your next adventure.” – Jitse on Dungeons & Dragons 5.0 Player’s Handbook.

Stationery

“A unique handmade gift: a Notebook made by bookbinder/staff member Simone.  Ten have been made (so far) and they are all one-of-a-kind perfect gifts!” – ABC Blogmistress Sophie on Simone’s Handmade Notebooks #3 and #9.

“An original gift for that someone who doesn’t want to do anything.” – ABC The Hague’s Stationery buyer Simone on The Fuck It List: 1000 Things I’ll Never Do Before I Die.