Entertainment Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Books, Activities, and More to Keep You Going!

All items listed from most to least expensive.

The Studio Albums Collection (Half-Speed Masters)

The arrival of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 50th anniversary brings an unprecedented celebration of everything the band contributed in their short but startlingly epochal time together (1968 – 1972). To commemorate this milestone, Craft Recordings is releasing a 7-LP deluxe box set on November 30, titled “The Studio Albums Collection (Half-Speed Masters),” comprising the band’s complete seven-album studio output: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory, Pendulum and Mardi Gras.

Each album in this collection has been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, benefiting from an exacting process that allows for an exceptional level of sonic clarity and punch, bringing these classic recordings a new vibrancy. The 180-gram LPs come housed in handsome tip-on jackets replicating the packaging of the original pressings. Along with the complete studio album collection comes an 80-page book featuring new liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival photos and reproductions of band ephemera — offering something for both new and the most diehard of Creedence fans.

$260  Buy now!

R.E.M. at the BBC

“R.E.M. at the BBC” (released October 19 from Craft Recordings) is the new collection featuring 20-years of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings (including sessions, concerts and interviews) culled from the BBC and band archives. This release ─ available as a super-deluxe edition 8-CD/1-DVD box set, as well as 2-CD, 2-LP and digital formats ─ charts R.E.M.’s journey from the U.S. college rock scene to global superstars. It includes alternate versions of many of their greatest hits, most of which have never been made available before.

In-studio performances featured in the 8-CD/1-DVD box set include a John Peel Session (1998), Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances (2003) and a glorious Radio 1 Live Lounge performance (2008). Live broadcasts include a rough-and-tumble show from Nottingham’s Rock City (1984), the stunning 1995 Milton Keynes Monster Tour (their first after a six-year break), a blistering 1999 Glastonbury headline set and an invitation-only 2004 show at London’s St James’s Church.

This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.

$79.98  Buy now!

FRIENDS* *Bearing Gifts

“FRIENDS* *Bearing Gifts” is Joseph Cicio’s lively recounting of his legendary career during the glittering heyday of New York City’s department stores, told through the beautiful objects bestowed by his famous friends: a beech tree from Joan Rivers; an antique mirror from Lauren Bacall; a 19th-century drawing from Bill Blass, and a sterling silver box from The Prince of Wales.

Cicio’s book is about the close friendships that have brought him joy, or as Nancy Kissinger says in her elegant foreword, “collecting experiences and beautiful things as we go along, and then celebrate the richness of the memories that these bring.”

$75  Buy now!

Stax ’68: A Memphis Story

“Stax ’68: A Memphis Story” (released Oct. 19th on Craft Recordings) is a five-disc milestone anniversary box set containing the A- and B-sides of every single (over 120 songs) released under the Stax banner in 1968.

When it comes to soul, Stax Records owned the ’60s and it all crescendoed in 1968, a tempest-tossed year when the label redefined its own sound and, in the process, channeled a larger historical zeitgeist. “Stax ’68: A Memphis Story” captures this crossroads in detail. With a 56-page book including revelatory, in-depth liner notes by Andria Lisle, Robert Gordon, and Steve Greenberg, as well as rare unseen photos, the set presents more than 120 songs from this unprecedented creative period in American music. Some tracks are by soul legends (Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Johnnie Taylor) and some come from the deeper Stax catalog, and are equally incredible artists (Linda Lyndell, The Soul Children, The Mad Lads).

$69.98  Buy now!


The Whine Down gift set is designed to humorously capture “the reality of parenting” because let’s face it; it’s not always sunshine and rainbows! Have a laugh when times get tough and be sure to make some time for yourself to Whine Down!

$39.99  Buy now!

Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man

Who was the fashion enigma Charles James? The star subject of a recent Met Museum Exhibition, the character inspiration behind “Phantom Thread,” and now the focus of Michèle Gerber Klein’s latest book, “Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man.”

Gerber Klein’s critically acclaimed book explores America’s first grand master of fashion, the man Christian Dior named as the inspiration for the “New Look” and Cristóbal Balenciaga called “the greatest couturier in the world”.

$37.50  Buy now!

Friendships, Relationships and Companionships

What happened to the days of sitting on the phone for hours getting to know one another? Or asking others out on dates? Friendships Relationships & Companionships is a book about how to get back to the basics of foundations, family, relationships and marriage. While reading, you will explore the different levels of friendships and how each is important to building and maintaining a relationship. We need to get back to taking the time to get to know one another better as individuals. Let’s strive to become more compassionate. I address personal insecurities and how to deal with them while your partner may also struggle and how unconditional love will help heal all. While reminding yourself what it feels like to experience romance and that you are not alone in your seemingly impossible quest to find love. Come join me as I make you laugh out loud, cry and question yourself on how ready you really are for the next chapter!

$20.00  Buy now!

How To Leave Your Class for a Guest Teacher

Attention educators! How To Leave Your Class for a Guest Teacher by Dr. Nicole Armstrong is the only guide that explains what resources are valuable to substitute teachers from a substitute teachers perspective. Principals, vice principals, teachers, and school staff learn which resources are needed when teachers are out of class to ensure students receive continuous classroom instruction. Substitute teachers will learn tips on what to do if these resources are not available. Get your copy today!

$19.99  Buy now!

Vertellis Holiday Edition

This holiday season during that long family road trip or camping adventure, don’t forget to grab a deck Vertellis. Vertellis is the ultimate card game that you can look forward to playing every year. Vertellis means ‘tell me more’ in Dutch and the game can be played with anyone.

Through questions that trigger memories and stories, you will get to know those closest to you in a new (deeper) way. Winning isn’t the goal with Vertellis, as it is more important that you will have meaningful offline conversations with your loved ones and experience even more togetherness. Families can have less small talk and more genuine conversations
Four editions to choose from including Holiday, Family, Relationship and Chapters

$19.99  Buy now!

Voting With a Porpoise

A pod of dolphins (and their porpoise friend, Petey) is in trouble. Their reef no longer provides the food they need to survive. The pod can’t figure out what to do until Petey suggests they hold an election to decide.

2018 Parent and Teacher Choice Award winner, Voting With a Porpoise is a fun, timeless, and beautifully illustrated story that teaches children how elections and voting have the power to solve hard problems.  The authors created this book to help change the culture around elections and voting. To that end, 100 percent of the profits for Voting With a Porpoise will be donated to 501(c)(3) non-partisan voting-related causes focused on getting more people of all backgrounds to the polls, such as Rock the Vote, Vote.org, TurboVote, and others.

$14.99  Buy now!

Cockloft: Scenes From a Gay Marriage

After the success of his first novel 85A, Kyle Thomas Smith found a new register in his literary voice while exploring and experimenting with dynamic innovations in short fiction, the personal essay, and the bourgeoning flash fiction genres. The resulting collection of vignettes, flash scenes and essays is Smith’s Cockloft: Scenes from a Gay Marriage [September 17, 2018; Gatekeeper Press].  Like the small attic it’s named after, Cockloft is full of surprises. Whether they’re fending off an invading squirrel, letting an errant call girl know they’re not her kind of johns, or enduring a #MeToo moment with a handsy waiter on their Roman honeymoon, Kyle and his husband Julius are just the kind of gay married couple who didn’t see the 2016 election coming.

$12.99  Buy now!

The Reluctant Healer

The Reluctant Healer tells the story of a young attorney who is torn between mounting evidence that he has the spiritual ability to heal others and his life-long skepticism of alternative views. Will Alexander is cautious and conventional. But when he meets Erica, a beautiful, intense energy healer, he becomes troubled not only by her unorthodox endeavors but also by the limitations of his own existence. Amidst this turmoil, Will is startled to discover that he may possess metaphysical gifts of healing that confront the narrow doctrines of his regulated life.

$12.34  Buy now!

The Shape of Rain

Michael B. Koep’s final installment in The Newirth Mythology Trilogy brings a psychologist face to face with his greatest fear: madness. On the other side of the world, a professor of mythology struggles to interpret a sudden shift in the historical timeline, the mysterious discovery of the ruins of an ancient city and the anomalous nature of Loche’s writing.

$11.59  Buy now!

Dear Friend, Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer

This beautiful collection of handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers—many of whom have gone through their own health battles—these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail, an organization that provides support to people diagnosed with breast cancer. Brimming with warm messages of empathy, inspiration, and humor, Dear Friend delivers words of wisdom when they’re needed the most.

$11.50-$16.95  Buy now!

Bridges Together Grand Conversation Cards

Holidays are the best time for multi-generations to share and connect so give a deck of Bridges Together Grand Conversation Cards. Packed in a plastic box, each of the 40 cards asks one or more open-ended questions which will have everyone talking, reminiscing and laughing! Grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren will have fun asking and answering: What was your favorite book as a child? What do you do to make the world a better place? What song would you like as your anthem? Bridges Together Grand Conversation Cards will provide hours and hours of family joy and fun! This is a terrific stocking-stuffer idea for kids, parents & grandparents to give and receive because this special deck of cards can be used all year long while spending time together or on the phone, in the car or by the pool! Buy a few decks to share! Price: $10.00 (plus $3.00 shipping)

$10.00  Buy now!

Tough Truths: The Ten Happiness Lessons We Don’t Talk About

Let’s get down to it. Everyone wants to be happy. Seriously.  Happiness may mean different things to different people, and those different people may go about it differently, but in the end we all want it. We all want to feel good.

Despite this…despite us all working so hard to find it, the reality is that many, many of us aren’t happy. Or we’re not as happy as we could be be…as often as we could be. Somehow happiness, a simple concept we learned as children, has become an elusive and frustrating aspiration. And, far too often and without even knowing it, the thing standing smack dab in its way is us.

$8.95  Buy now!

Gelli Arts

Gelli Arts’ gelatin printing plates create unique, textured designs just like a stamp. These reusable plates are ideal for mixed media art projects, card making and more!

$5.00-$55.00  Buy now!


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