A Book Apart

Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Nov 13, 2023

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Blurred image of a stack of colorful books with words overlayed. They read ABA Holiday Gift Guide.

This holiday season, we’re shopping small, local, and with books on the brain. And by starting early, we (and you!) have expansive options for thoughtful, distinctive gifts that are created by real people and support local communities.

While *hint, hint* any A Book Apart title would make a great gift for the creative / designer / programmer / writer / leader in your life, we wanted to remind you about our newest releases and share just a few other things we’re gifting this year.

🤓 For friends and colleagues who design, write, and code, take a look at our own library (and our new Sale collection) here at A Book Apart. Check out new releases like Surviving Change at Work, You Deserve a Tech Union, Design by Definition, Wireframing for Everyone, and Immersive Content and Usability.

⭐️ Keep tabs on this amazing list of eighty-nine Black-owned bookstores in the US, and stop by (or shop many of them online!) to stock up on books and gifts.

🪸 For folks who find joy in the uniquely handmade, Taxonomy Press is a go-to. They’re a risograph micropress operating in Detroit, Michigan, and they’re “passionate about connecting people through print”—heck yeah. Browse their prints, zines, and cards.

🦚 Color + pattern + function = Leila Simon Hayes’ 2024 wall calendar. This petite (6" x 11.5") marvel is a terrific gift: it’s made in a family-owned print shop, can be turned into twelve frameable/giftable fine art prints—and for every order placed through the shop, one tree is planted.

🔥 Tap into one of the largest independent, radical publishing houses with a Verso book club subscription. Subscriptions include a curated offering of best-selling titles in the mail, every(!) new ebook released, and 50% off all website orders.

💡 Give your night-time reading routine a glow-up (or, dim-down?)—never mind, we’ll work on that one. A few of us at ABA HQ can’t stop raving about this amber book light. It’s super portable, rechargeable, and clips perfectly to hardcover and paperback books.

📖 Help your best pal save their spot while reading with these sweet, handmade corner bookmarks. Get a single bookmark—or a box of ’em!

📚 As always, we recommend checking out Bookshop.org (where, now, you can even find our books!). This certified B-Corporation lives up to its slogan of “a better way to buy books online,” and they’re on a mission to help local, independent bookstores thrive in the age of ecommerce.