2021 Holiday Gift Guide: White Elephant Gifts

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White elephant gifts are often amusing, niche, absurd, and impractical or useless. The following books are most definitely the first three, but they are far from useless.

It's Your Funeral!: Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime – Before It's Too Late by Kathy Benjamin

You can’t attend your own funeral. But you can have a blast planning it! This charming and witty book is filled with practical questions and worksheets to prepare for everything from your burial outfit to ideas on how to manage your digital legacy. ($16.99)

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The Zombie Tarot: Insight and Ammunition for Surviving the Undead Uprising by Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham

Imagine the celebrated “Rider Deck” infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead, and the result is The Zombie Tarot—a crazy, campy interpretation of a classic divination system! Complete with a guide on how to survive the zombie apocalypse and how to utilize the tarot cards using different card layouts. ($16.99)

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Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya; translated by Amy Hirschman

Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. ($14.99)

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SECRET SANTA: A Horror for the Holidays Novel by Andrew Shaffer

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never DiesThe Office meets The Shining in this horror-comedy about a holiday gift exchange gone wrong, set at a publishing house in the 80s. ($15.99)

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Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

In the first ever published fiction with President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, the two team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs. A perfect fit for any Obama-Biden enthusiast on your holiday list. ($14.99)

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Take me back to the full holiday gift guide!

A Book You May Enjoy

Cat Castles

20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself

Hope Rides Again

An Obama Biden Mystery

Housewives Tarot

A Domestic Divination Kit with Deck and Instruction Book

Cursed Objects

Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items


Reflections on Creating a Better World