People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:
Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided
to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring
30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as
long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine
best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early
photographic methods used in the original images.
Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani
Perfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book
is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art
and analog photography.
Food Stories by Elena Scott
A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food
stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just
pen and paper.
Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this
sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.
Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for
greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and
crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the
strangest in this history of odd inventions.
Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux
The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably
nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages
of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.
Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias
What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French
artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the
discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are
beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed.
Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman
If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in
the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book.
Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie
Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a
love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.
Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season!