Gift Ideas for Travelers

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we have some gift ideas for those of you who like to go places – in real life or comfortably ensconced in your favorite armchair, of course.  We hope you’ll enjoy these titles from our Travel, Holland/Local Interest, Foreign Languages, Spanish, and English Language & Reference sections. Have you met our Travel books buyers, Tom and MaxM?  They have lots more tips for you!

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


Ebook available for Best Ever Travel Tips and The Best Place to be Today.

Holland / Local Interest

“KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers since the 1950’s. These replicas of historic houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of the Netherlands worldwide. Mark Zegeling has collected and told the stories behind these houses in a endearing handy sized book. A great gift for guest from from all over the world.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Holland buyer Jitse on Little Kingdom by the Sea.

“The Netherlands is a Valhalla for beer afficionados, with around 165 beer breweries and many specialized beer bars. This guide gives you all the best places to go and the best beers to drink. A wonderful gift for any beer lover.” – Jitse on Beer in the Netherlands.

“Jan Rothuizen walks around cities and draws and writes what he sees in a direct and intuitive manner. This book contains all his drawings of Amsterdam, giving a detailed insight of the city both on the outside as well as on the inside.” – Jitse on The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam.

Foreign Languages

Ebook available for Fluent Forever.

“Probably the easiest way to learn Cantonese Chinese is by this cleverly designed method that makes a picture out of the Chinese character. The methods now also has flashcards and postcards.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Language buyer Sigrid on Chineasy.

“Cool book for world travelers. Beautifully iillustrated words from many languages that just don’t translate in another language with an explanation of what they mean.” – Sigrid on Lost in Translation.

English Language & Reference

Ebook available for A Classical Education, For Who the Bell Tolls, Guinness World Records 2015.

“How many times have you wished that your history stretched all the way back to Greek and Roman myths and legends? This book is part of a series of stuff you forgot from school or was never taught. Ideal gift for wannabe know-it-alls or parents of kids going to secondary school.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Language buyer Sigrid on A Classical Education.

“From the writer of the Guardian Style Guide comes this fun and entertaining guide that helps you dot the i’s and cross the t’s in the right place.” – Sigrid on For Who the Bell Tolls.

Spanish Books*

*The Spanish Books section can be found at ABC The Hague.