Forget the mall haul. The easiest way to get presents with presence is with the written word. Books can be found at local stories, discount warehouses or the most reliable (and least expensive) source, amazon.com. Christmas delivery guaranteed . . . even at the last minute!
The legendary sci-fi epic has never been seen this way! The oversized “Star Trek Pop-Ups” (Thames & Hudson, $29.95) showcases the flick in seven amazing pop-ups, including the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 in “The Corbomite Maneuver” episode of the original “Star Trek” series; a Klingon bird-of-prey narrowly missing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in the feature film “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: and the “Star Trek” crew buried in a mountain of tribbles in the original series’ most popular episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.” Amazing!
Crafters on your list? Quarry Books offers a myriad of marvels. In ”100 Amazing Paper Animal Snowflakes” ($19.99), the young and old can create astonishing animal-themed designs by photocopying the full-sized templates, then folding and cutting along preprinted guidelines and snipping fantastic flakes. Other choice crafter books: Rubber band loom jewelry gets a new twist by incorporating beads, crystals and other sparkling embellishments into 30 bracelets, rings, charms, necklaces and other accessories for beginner to advanced loomers in “Rubber Band Glam” ($19.99). Today’s paper weaving offers modern paper oodles of fresh and amazing possibilities: “The Art of Paper Weaving” ($24.99) shows readers how to get started with paper, tools and essential techniques, then presents a range of beautiful, colorful and deceptively intricate two- and three-dimensional projects. “Charm Love Friendship Bracelets” ($22.99), offers a new take on the classic friendship bracelet that shows how to make pretty, chic and wearable polymer clay charms and beads and combine them with traditional knotting/macramé, braiding, wrapping and other techniques using inexpensive threads, cording, beads and findings to create 35 fresh, fashionable, designs. Let your creativity bloom by entering the origami garden of your fantasies with “Origami Flowers Super Paper Pack” ($12.99);. Step-by-step instructions for tulips, lilies, roses and other flowers come in a removable 32-page booklet. The pack includes origami paper, printed on both sides, in nearly 40 different colors and patterns, so you can start creating right away.
It’s been 150 years since Lewis Carroll penned “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”; now, in a deluxe hardcover edition from Puffin ($30), Alice’s story comes to life for a whole new generation of readers through the colorful, whimsical artwork of Anna Bond. The perfect companion: “The Annotated Alice,” that, when first introduced in 1960, became an instant classic by decoding the wordplay and mathematical riddles embedded within Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece. On the sesquicentennial of the 1865 publication of the Carroll classic comes “The Annotated Alice: 150th Deluxe Anniversary Edition” (W. W. Norton & Company, $39.95), that combines all annotations with updates and correspondence with leading Carrollian experts.This gorgeous edition also includes over 100 new color and black-and-white illustrations, including images by Salvador Dalí and Barry Moser, which complement the original John Tenniel art.
From its birth in 1925 to the present day, “The New Yorker” has been the country’s most prestigious, entertaining and informative magazine. In “Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker” (W.W. Norton & Company, $27.95), author Thomas Vinciguerra revisits the early years of that creative cauldron. At the heart of the narrative is the largely forgot-ten life of Wolcott Gibbs, the magazine’s theater critic and all-around wit. Around him swirled a legendary roster of names, E. B. and Katharine White, James Thurber, Charles Addams, Peter Arno and John O’Hara. Their stories are told here. Learn why founding editor Harold Ross calls “The New Yorker” not a magazine but a “movement.”
“Movie Star Chronicles: A Visual History of 320 of the World’s Greatest Movie Stars” (Firefly Books, $29.95) is the definitive reference guide to the movie stars of Hollywood, Bollywood and world cinema. This guide includes profiles on movie stars, directors and influential figures from the beginning of film in the 1900s through to today. The tome is the ultimate encyclopedia for film buffs and will satisfy the curiosity of moviegoers, cinephiles and the Hollywood-hungry fans that fuel today’s entertainment news industry. For film students, this is a practical reference of the most important actors in cinematic history. We love the color-coded timelines showing the arc of an actor’s career.