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    Updated on Jan 31, 2019. Posted on Dec 15, 2018

    45 Beautiful Books That Will Make Thoughtful Gifts, Even Though You Waited Until The Last Minute To Buy 'Em

    Books: The perfect last minute gift.

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    Fact: Most books are on Amazon, and Amazon has two-day shipping.

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    Another fact: Most books can be found on Indiebound, a website that tells you which local bookstores carry the books you need. That means you can run to your local bookstore and get presents for everybody ~almost instantly~.

    What I'm trying to say here is that books are the perfect last minute gift that still seems personal as heck. Books rule!!!

    1. The Dogist Puppies knows what the people want: pages and pages of tiny baby doggies.

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.96, Barnes & Noble for $22.46, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    2. Shakespeare Insult Generator spruces up battles of wit that lately have felt as dull as a doornail.

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    Expect them to spit out burns like "apish bald-pated abomination" and "cuckoldly dull-brained blockhead."

    Get it from Amazon for $11.66, Barnes & Noble for $12.74, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    3. An illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone so they can relive the magic all over again.

    Scholastic, Art by Jim Kay © 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49, Barnes & Noble for $26, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    4. Draw 500 Awesome Animals challenges your favorite fledgling artist to practice all the time. What could be better motivation than getting to doodle cute animals?

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.72, Barnes & Noble for $14.74, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    5. The Joy of Cookies takes a bite out of boredom with a guide your little cookie fiend will love.

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.98, Barnes & Noble for $14.39, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    6. An illustrated version of The Hobbit is an even better feast for the eyes than any of the movies.

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    Get it from Amazon for $26.87.

    7. Random Illustrated Facts will arm your trivia fan with even more useless information. Even if they already know some of these tidbits, the illustrations make the information feel new again.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.46, Barnes & Noble for $13.86, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    8. Escape might be the ultimate coffee table book, thanks to all its large, glossy images of exotic locales.

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    Get it from Amazon for $30.22, Barnes & Noble for $40.50, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    9. Cabin Porn offers up beautiful, rustic imaginary that would make even Ron Swanson swoon.

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    Get it from Amazon for $25.47, Barnes & Noble for $29.66, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    10. Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration is bursting full of eye-popping designs that literally jump off the page.

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    Get it from Amazon for $42.40, Barnes & Noble for $58.50, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    11. And! Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts offers a new way to explore the magical school we're all still waiting on acceptance letters from.

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    Get it from Amazon for $46.39, Barnes & Noble for $49.64, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    12. California Crazy: American Pop Architecture celebrates the wacky buildings you can find out West.

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    Get it from Amazon for $44.71, Barnes & Noble for $54, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    13. Of Cats and Men celebrates famous men of history and their furry feline friends.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.69, Barnes & Noble for $11.40, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    14. Women of the Galaxy is filled with illustrations and information about all the women featured in the Star Wars universe.

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.46, Barnes & Noble for $23.96, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    15. The Scale of Things puts hard-to-comprehend things into perspective.

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    Like, did you know that the distance to the center of the Earth is the same distance between New York and Berlin? Or that if you printed a day's worth of Instagram photos and stacked them, it would be taller than Mt. Everest?

    Get it from Amazon for $14.02, Barnes & Noble for $14.44, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    16. The Designer's Cookbook is a Monica Geller-approved tome that aims to color-code food.

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    There are 12 monochrome menus included. Personally, I would take one dish from each and serve up a rainbow.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.79, Barnes & Noble for $39.95, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    17. The Little Book of Hygge preaches about the wonders of simplistic but cozy living.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    18. The Mermaid Handbook gives the reader everything they need to live like a mermaid.

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    It's packed to the gills with lore, fun trivia, beautiful illustrations, tutorials, and recipes for the mermaid enthusiastic in your life.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.79, Barnes & Noble for $31.50, ModCloth for $35, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    19. The Beer Pantry will teach them the art of cooking with beer. What better gift than a ~hoppy~ stomach?

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    Get it from Amazon for $21.54, Barnes & Noble for $22.50, ModCloth for $19.99, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    20. Epic Bike Rides of the World takes the reader around the world to all the best places to travel on two wheels. Have you ever seen a guidebook with such a lovely cover?

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    Get it from Amazon for $22.33, Barnes & Noble for $31.50, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    21. The Little Book of House Plants and Other Greenery will be a joy to any leaf-addicted plant owner.

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    The book comes with adorable photos and helpful tips on how to care for their finicky houseplants. Also check out the cactus version, available on Amazon!

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.31, Urban Outfitters for $14.99, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    22. Bong Appétit teaches the reader how to cook with THC. That way they can get the munchies while eating — how efficient!

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    And it's written by the editors of Munchies, so they know what they're talking about.

    Get it from Amazon for $27, Barnes & Noble for $29.70, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    23. The Signs looks to the stars to offer surprisingly grounded advice and guidance.

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    Get it from Amazon for $16.86, Barnes & Noble for $18.90, Urban Outfitters for $22, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    24. The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes might be the ideal book to gift a new dad, or even an experienced one who could stand to brush up on his one-liners.

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    Non-dads will also get a kick out of this corny joke book!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.56, Barnes & Noble for $12.94, Urban Outfitters for $13.95, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    25. Die Hard Christmas will dismiss any argument your family members might make this Christmas about what holiday movie to watch.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.76, Barnes & Noble for $14.33, Firebox for $16.99, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    26. The James Bond Archives: SPECTRE Edition looks behind the scenes of all their favorite iconic spy flicks.

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    Get it from Amazon for $30.66, Barnes & Noble for $63, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    27. Dinosaurium is pretty much a museum in book form that offers the readers tons of information and fantastic illustrations on those big ass lizards.

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    Get it from Amazon for $20.39, Barnes & Noble for $31.50, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    28. The editors of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 read all the notable essays, short stories, comics, and other media tidbits of the year and picked the best ones, so your giftee won't feel any content FOMO.

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    This anthology series used to be edited by Dave Eggers, but the students of 826 Valencia writing lab took over the very important job. Each year has a different guest editor who introduces the anthology, and this year it's Sheila Heti, author of How a Person Should Be? I grab this anthology every year for some enjoyable, short reads.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99, Barnes & Noble for $12.79, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    29. I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You is the book version of a truly lovely comic about the feeling of really, really wanting to be someone's BFF.

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    I first came across this comic on Tumblr back in the day and I was floored at how relatable this feeling is! This is a great book to give someone you really admire and want to spend more time with, platonically.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79, Barnes & Noble for $12.59, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    30. AND! I Choose You (Every Day and Always) is illustrated by the same artist and is a great choice for someone you love romantically.

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.58, Barnes & Noble for $10.30, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    31. Leifer: The Golden Age of American Football chronicles five decades of football through the photographs of Neil Leifer.

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    The legendary photos are paired with football columns of the era by sports columnist Jim Murray, and captions detailing the legendary players, coaches, and games.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.09, Barnes & Noble for $36.41, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    32. Legendary Ladies honors all the female deities whose stories have been passed down for generations through folklore and myths.

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    Get it from Amazon for $15.84, Barnes & Noble for $17.93, Urban Outfitters for $19.95, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    33. Tequila Mockingbird takes inspiration from literature to make punny and delicious cocktail recipes.

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.77, Barnes & Noble for $12, Urban Outfitters for $15, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    34. Crafting With Cat Hair offers interesting uses for all that cat hair flying around. It turns out they can make fingers puppets, mittens, and purses with that stuff.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

    35. Galaxy Girls has 50 amazing stories about women in space, to encourage your giftee to reach for the stars.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.15, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, ModCloth for $20, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    36. Salt Fat Acid Heat explains how these four elements are what make a dish taste good.

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    This book is so popular, it got its own Netflix series!

    Get it from Amazon for $21.53, Barnes & Noble for $31.50, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    37. How to Code a Sandcastle familiarizes youngsters with the basics of coding by telling a relatable story about a young girl and her robot who are trying to build a sand castle.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.14, Barnes & Noble for $15.29, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    38. The Star Wars Cookbook comes with COOKIE CUTTERS so they can get baking right away.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.72, ModCloth for $23, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    39. Fox 8 is a charming short story about a fox who learns to speak, made even more charming by the cute illustrations that accompany it.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.73.

    40. An Anthology of Intriguing Animals showcases over 100 different animals with a mix of illustrations and photographs.

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    Did you know raccoons can scoop fish right out of the water? This beautiful encyclopedia offers up lots of little pearls of knowledge about each animal, organized by size.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.64 or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    41. Winnie-The-Pooh: Classic Gift Edition Book is just a really nice copy of the bear-y wonderful tale. If you know anyone who doesn't have this classic on their bookshelf, now is the time to fix that.

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    Get it from Amazon for $10.97, Barnes & Noble for $12.86, BoxLunch for $11.20, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    42. The Lego Architect recreates all of architecture's greatest hits from Art Deco to Modernism with Lego models.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.95, Barnes & Noble for $15.36, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    43. What If This Were Enough? offers heartfelt and helpful essays that ask the reader to embrace the flawed and love who they are.

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    This book of essays comes from Heather Havrilesky, the columnist behind The Cut's "Ask Polly." If you've never read Havrilesky's sage advice, I recommend starting with this one. It kind of changed my life!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.07, Barnes & Noble for $20.76, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    44. How to Make Friends with a Ghost details how to become friends with a ghost, and maybe how to be a kind and thoughtful friend in general.

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    Patiently waiting for all my friend's babies to become literate children so I can gift them this adorable book.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49, Barnes & Noble for $16.19, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    45. Images You Should Not Masturbate To pretty much says it all right on the cover.

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    I think this book is beautiful in its own way. Its own, very unique way.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95, Barnes & Noble for $9.95, Firebox for $10.99, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    And check out some more last minute gift options that are under $10!

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