Gift Ideas | For those who love the thrill of last-minute shopping

by Rachel on December 19, 2013

Our booksellers are spectacular at recommending books for a variety of readers, so if you’re ever stuck and need a little help with what you should get someone, you can count on them!  A few employees were willing to record their suggestions, so here are some of their favorite books of the season that they would love to give (or receive!) as gifts.

If something catches your eye, you can view the book on our website by clicking the accompanying link.


The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles by Joy Yoon
An excellent choice for both visitors and locals, Yoon gives you the inside scoop on all the unique and interesting things to do in the Los Angeles area.  From exciting restaurants and scenic drives to architectural tours and the best bookstores (YAY!), it’s all in there.
(Located in our Travel section.)


Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by K.G. Campbell
One of the most adorable picture books out this year, Tea Party Rules tells the tale of  Cub, a little bear who happens upon a tea party in the forest and is enticed by cookies… even when he must go to great (and hilarious) lengths to get them! (Ages 3-5)
(Located in the Children’s Department, Hardcover Picture Book section.)


What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis Svein Nyhus
So, we know the video sensation.  But the book?  The book is something else.  Go ahead, try and read What Does the Fox Say? without laughing the entire time! (Ages 4-8)
(Located in the Children’s Department, Hardcover Picture Book section.)


Kraken by China Miéville and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Kraken— Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist at London’s Natural History museum, is leading a museum tour when he discovers the prized Giant Squid specimen has vanished inexplicably. (And let’s be honest— any book that features a cephalopod specialist has to be awesome!)

Neverwhere— Richard Mayhew finds himself trapped in an subterranean alternate reality after helping an injured girl on the streets of London.
(Both books are located in the Science Fiction section.)


Nathan Ota by Nathan Ota, Chaiwan Choi, & Blaine Fontana
Nathan Ota is a prolific illustrator, painter, and graffiti artist.  The surreal worlds he creates are intriguing and  imaginative, with recurring characters and themes that seem to travel between pieces.  Nathan Ota attended Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena.
(Located in the Art Monographs sections, as well as The Edge.)

And remember- if you’re at a loss for what someone on your gift list might love, you can always stop by to visit us and ask one of our lovely employees- we all double as elves this time of year.

A special thanks to the employees who allowed me to film them (and who put up with my lack of directorial skills).

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