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What Are You Giving Your Family and Friends These Holidays?

If you're struggling for ideas for Christmas or Chanukah, come into the store and let us help you! To get you started, here's what we have picked out from the store for our friends and family this year. And don't forget, we do free gift wrapping!

Here's one great idea to get you started: Robert Sabuda's stunning pop-up book, The Christmas Story, is on sale! We're offering 30% off this amazing keepsake right up until Christmas! Buy this beautiful book for your own family or a friend's--it's the kind of book that will become a Christmas tradition, to read and enjoy. 

I sent Robert Sabuda's beautiful The Christmas Story to three college friends, and to my cousin and her husband, to share with their grandchildren. I'm giving Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Melissa Sweet to my nine-year-old granddaughter and David Shannon's Duck on a Tractor to the preschoolers in my family. I'm sending family gifts to my son and his family, including the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and two games,
Mobi, which is similar to Bananagrams, but with math, and Bugs in the Kitchen, a hilarious game in which you guide a HEXBUG Nano around the board. Other books I am giving include: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins and Sharon Robinson's The Hero Two Doors Down. Oh, and I love How to Bake a Book by Ella Burfoot!

Q toys
I'm giving two fun new things this year. First are these great IQ puzzles and games from Smart Games - makers of our beloved Three Little Piggies game. These games are for slightly older kids and they build logic skills in a really fun way! And, for anyone, young and old, who needs a total brain break, I love our mini Pac-Man game. So cute and so fun.

I have to give credit to Karla for this idea! I have four families to whom I always send theme-oriented gifts. I was contemplating what to send this year when Karla suggested the adult coloring books. I then thought of Have a Colorful Christmas as my theme. So, for each family I picked out a couple of different coloring books based on the ages and personality of the recipient. In particular, I love the intricate coloring books of Joanna Basford. I added sets of pens and pencils from the store. I will also add bags of colored caramel corn and put a tree ornament on the wrap. And.... voilĂ ! A "colorful" gift!

I have purchased two of our newest games. SLAPZI is from the makers of TENZI and is a fun fast game where you can match images to a clue card, based on color, shape or more absurd criteria. Whoever gets rid of their cards first yells SLAPZI!  Bugs in the Kitchen is a fast-paced game where you try to herd the bouncing bugs into your kitchen first. It had us all laughing when we trialed it at a recent game demonstration.

I love putting together gift packages! Here are some of my favorites for this year--everything comes from the store:

Being a Dog
For the dog lover: Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandria Horowitz and dog biscuits from local non-profit Women's Bean Project.

For the woman on the go: a purse packed with goodies - a flashlight, lip gloss, sunglasses, eyeglass repair kit, small notebook, fold-up shopping bag and a purse light.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
For the family present: Women's Bean Project soup, cornbread and brownies with a puzzle to assemble, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson to read aloud while it all cooks.

For younger kids: a picture book and a stuffed animal - either the official one from the book, or something fun from our endless collection. And for young Elephant and Piggy fans: a few books from the series, along with book ends, a poster and stuffed toys.

For the budding writer: blank journal, pens, a story starter from the Teachers section, and the Haiku Cubes. And for the chef with a sense of humor: cookbook (like our current bestseller, Simple), monkey pizza cutter, smiley toast and rubber gloves.

Susan T.
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
For my five-year-old granddaughter who LOVES the Princess in Black, the new book in the series (#4), The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon and Dean Hale is perfect. For one of my sons-in-law who is always curious about the natural world, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery is a beautifully written adult non-fiction. And, for another son-in-law who enjoys thrillers and action-packed books, I've picked out Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima, a local author who also wrote the critically acclaimed Killing Trail. Both books are set in a small Colorado town.

I'm completely in love with our crazy, colorful socks--pretty much everybody I know can look forward to a pair of mad socks this year. My cheeky nephew is also getting the game BeanBoozled--spin the spinner for a delicious or disgusting treat! My 13-year-old daughter has been
in the store, trying out some of our new games, and she'll find her two favorites, SLAPZI and Rubik's Race (a puzzle race from the makers of the Rubik's cube) under the tree. Finally, a couple of my closest friends can look forward to carrying their cash around in beautiful soft leather Hobo wallets. I'll be so jealous. Maybe I should get one for myself!

Completely Stuck for a Gift Idea?
Bookies gift card
Look for more inspiration on our Christmas and Chanukah displays! And if you're really stuck, we have a suggestion for that too--our Bookies Gift Card is always a welcome gift for anyone! If you can't get into the store, just give us a call on 303 759-1117and we'll mail it to you, or the person you want to give it to.
This Year's Must-Give Books For Adults!
Looking for book ideas this Christmas? Here are some of our favorites from the past year--you can't go wrong with any of these! All are linked to our website for more information, and you'll find longer reviews of many of these on our blog.

A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is probably the must-have title for this Christmas and now one of the hardest to find, but we have a new delivery arriving this week... Karolina's Twins by Ronald H. Balson and Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave are both perfect for fans of All The Light We Cannot See...Acclaimed thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins came out in paperback, as is After You by JoJo Moyes, the sequel to Me Before You... Another Brooklyn is Jacqueline Woodson's first adult novel in over 20 years--and it was worth the wait... Fallen Land by Taylor Brown is a brutal but beautiful romance set at the end of the Civil War...Cooks are spoiled for choice with
Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World by Jean-Francois Mallet or Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten...nonfiction readers will enjoy The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery...humor fans should read The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer or You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein... Today Will be Different by Maria Semple is a perfect contemporary read... All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood is a gritty, contemporary love story... Mischling by Affinity Konar is haunting... The Bones of Paradise
The Bones of Paradise
by Jonis Agee is a historical family saga... The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith connects three lives over the centuries...

And finally, for adult YA readers (we know you're out there), Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is witty and heartbreaking... Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland is utterly
The Sun is Also a Star
heartrending...Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also a Star is a contemporary story of fate, immigration, and love... Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin is a thoughtful story about gender identity... Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach is an unusual love story...Printz Award winner Challenger Deep came out on paperback and the beautiful Bone Gap by Laura Ruby took this year's Printz Award...need more suggestions? Drop into the store!

Something New - The Latest Releases, Just in Time for Christmas!
by Robert Harris,
Knopf, $26.95
The best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland sets his new thriller in today's Vatican. The pope is dead.  Which of 118 cardinals will overcome rivalry and intrigue to become the most powerful religious figure on Earth? The perfect gift for thriller readers!

The Secret Life of Squirrels
The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story
by Nancy Rose
Little, Brown, $16.99
A beyond-cute photographic story featuring squirrels in tiny homemade scenarios. Mr. Peanuts is falling in love! The squirrel couple visits the bookstore, go to the park, and have a romantic candlelit dinner. Will Mr. Peanuts get his happily ever after? The perfect gift for anyone, young or old, who loves adorable furry animals!

I Love You Baby
I Love You Baby
By Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd
Now in a board book, this is a classic about a family welcoming a new baby. The perfect gift for the toddler with a new brother or sister this year, or coming early next year!

The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion
by Wendy Williams
Scientific American, $16
The ultimate book for horse fans of any age--out in paperback in time for the holidays! Tracing the fascinating history of horses and their bond with humans. The perfect gift for horse lovers!

Toot and Puddle_ Let It Snow
Toot and Puddle: Let it Snow
by Holly Hobbie
Little, Brown, $6.99
A classic story about friendship, out in paperback with a brand new cover just in time for the holidays. Toot and Puddle are trying to find the right Christmas present for their best friend--one another. The perfect gift to read out loud to young children.

The Christmas Town
The Christmas Town
Donna Vanliere
St. Martin's Press, $16.99
A lonely woman who dreads Christmas, until she is drawn into the small town of Grandon, where she accidentally finds herself sucked into a fundraising effort, and the life of the town. The perfect gift for any adult who likes a heartwarming story.

Lotus and Feather
Lotus and Feather
by Ji-Li Jiang
Disney-Hyperion, $17.99
Beautiful watercolor paintings enhance this poignant story about a sick girl and an injured crane. The perfect gift for a sensitive or thoughtful child.

Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
By John R. Bruning
Hachette, $28
A true WWII story of a renegade American pilot who fought against all odds to rescue his family from Japanese imprisonment. From bare-knuckle fighting to ingenious adaptations of weapons and planes, this is one man's war that ended up changing aerial warfare. The perfect gift for adventure and history lovers.

Guinness World Records_ Man-Made Marvels
  Guinness World Records: Man-Made Marvels!
by Donald B. Lemke
$24.50, Turtleback Books
Record-breakers made by man! This book showcases the most awe-inspiring constructions, including the steepest roller coaster, the tallest motorcycle, the smallest computer mouse, and more. Hundreds of fun facts and color photos. The perfect gift for curious kids!

All these titles were in stock at the time of writing, and we are always happy to order books for you!
Stocking Stuffers and Last Minute Gifts! 
Pat at sales table
Check out our table of specially reduced children's books, priced from $1 to $6. Perfect for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers! 
Colorado Clothing

And don't forget our Colorado clothing line; a great range of cute, fleecy warm clothing that makes perfect baby and toddler gifts! 
American Girl Dolls
Would You Like to Bring a New Friend Home?
Enter your name into our prize drawing when you are in the store and you could be the lucky person who will be taking home a brand new American Girl Doll!

Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday/IndiesFirst Fun
Our picture shows the morning group of writers who came along for our Small Business Saturday author showcase. With authors of books for old and young, fiction and nonfiction, we had a great day with something for everyone! We believe that there's no better way to  continue the Thanksgiving gratitude than by connecting with our talented and creative local authors. We're already looking forward to next year!
Bookstore Besties
Bookstore Besties: Don't Forget to Bring a Friend!
Bring a friend into the store who hasn't been here before, and we'll give each of you a $5 gift certificate to the store--and enter you into a prize drawing to win a $150 Bookies gift card! Two $150 gift cards are available, giving two customers a chance to win.

- One $5 gift certificate per person; gotta be here to get one!
- The last day for entries is December 24th. We'll draw winners on December 26th
- $150 gift cards must be used in January 2017, $5 gift certificates can be used immediately. One entry per person

Can't make it into the store? Tag us in a post or share and we'll enter you into the drawing! #bookstorebesties

**We are grateful to Colorado teacher and author Erik Palmer, a champion of literacy, who donated the main prize. Ask us for more about his books!**

Something different...
Christmas at Glendale
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... We took a sleigh ride with Santa at the Christmas party at Glendale Sports Center, where we gave a book to every child at the party!

We'll be open until 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve to give you time to grab any last-minute gifts. We'll be closed on the 25th to spend the day with our families. We open again on the 26th, when we look forward to seeing you with your gift cards! On New Year's Eve, we will close at 3:00 p.m and will be closed on New Year's Day. Normal hours resume on Monday, January 2nd.