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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Non-Books

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for some of the Non-Books we carry, such as Games, Calendars, Stationery, Magazines, Audio Books and other Merchandise, as picked out by section buyers Ester, Simone, Jouke, Agnes and Sophie. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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Gift Ideas: EBM books, Humor, Stationery, Calendars

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for EBM Books, Humor, Stationery and Calendars as supplied by Steven, Martijn, Simone and Ester.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

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This Just In: Postcard Boxes

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Six Recently Arrived Boxes of Postcards:

James Bond 50th Anniversary Postcards

Manga Girls: 30 Postcards to Complete & Color

One Hundred Writers in One Box: Postcards from Penguin Modern Classic

Postcards from Puffin: 100 Book Covers in One Box

Postcards from the New Yorker: One Hundred Covers from Ten Decades

Vintage Postcards from Vanity Fair: One Hundred Classic Covers

And coming soon: Postcards from Vogue: 100 Iconic Covers!

Spotlight on… Classic Crime and Merchandise

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Since both ABC stores are so full of nooks and crannies, and each and every one of us on the floor buys books for at least one section, we are planning to show you some of what we consider our treasures here more often. We know how easy it can become to head straight to your favorite section, and we want to show you there is so much more to be found!  Jouke gave us a head-start with his Cozy Mysteries Corner, and now Jilles and Renate, our Fiction buyers at Amsterdam (when they’re not reading on the job), have taken up the gauntlet…

Get your classic Penguin summer bag and make all your book loving friends jealous! Have a great summer (because it *will* be summer this year, we can feel it in our bones)!

June will be ‘de maand van het spannende boek‘ (the month of the thrilling book) in the Netherlands. We in the fiction department are making ourselves ready for some literary blood and guts with both these three gorgeous hardcovers for everybody who wants to know about Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Watson, and these classic noirs that have been reissued in beautiful editions. If your relationship is boring you, get your tension and excitement here… Happy reading!

Shown in the bottom picture are: The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett, American Noir: 11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s & 50s – edited by Robert Polito, Blood on the Mink – Robert Silverberg, Double Indemnity – James M. Cain, The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler, and David Goodis, Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s – David Goodis.

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Stationery

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Dizzy from all the books and magazines and games on display?  Don’t remember whether your recipient wanted part 3 or part 8 of the Cynster family saga?  Never fear, ABC The Hague’s Simone has some stationery gift ideas for you! Because something to write in/on/with can be just as rewarding as something to read.

Jane-A-Day Five Year Journal and One Line A Day: A Five Year Memory Book to record memorable days or ideas in.

Holiday Gift Labels – for all those presents!

Postcards from Penguin, Penguin Modern Classics Postcards Box, and The World of Peter Rabbit Postcards Box.  Never worry about not having a (birthday) card in the house again.

Mini Journals and Mini Notebooks.  These fit in every purse or clutch.  Or man-bag.