Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Stocking Stuffers

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

Your holiday shopping is done and you’re ready to wrap it up—almost! If you’re still looking for stocking stuffers, try these reads.


Stuff Every Coffee Lover Should Know

by Candace Rose Rardon

This pocket-sized handbook is the perfect gift for coffee connoisseurs, those looking to grind and brew their own beans, and anyone who appreciates a cup of coffee with or without caffeine.

If you’re like most people, you start every day with a hot cup of joe. But beyond your steaming morning mug, there’s a whole world waiting to be discovered—from roast varieties to brewing methods to the traditions, ceremonies, and customs of cultures around the globe.

Within the pages of this guide, coffee lovers of all levels will find useful information, helpful how-tos, and fascinating trivia about their beloved beverage.



Stuff Every Tea Lover Should Know

by Candace Rose Rardon

This pocket-sized handbook to all things tea is the perfect gift for tea connoisseurs, tea newbies, and anyone who appreciates a good cuppa.

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world—second only to water. And there’s so much to learn and try beyond the colorful boxes in the grocery store. Like wine and beer, each tea variety has its own distinct history, source, and flavor profile, from Darjeeling to matcha to Silver Needle. Tea is also embedded in the traditions of many cultures around the world and is shared with others through distinctive ceremonies that include unique customs, foods, and accessories. Within the pages of this pocket-sized guide, you’ll find information, how-tos, and trivia for tea lovers of all levels.



Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know

by Melissa Monosoff

Full of tips, trivia, and useful how-tos, this pocket-sized handbook is the perfect gift for wine lovers.

Wine is one of the world’s oldest beverages, and there’s never been a better time to fill a glass with the fruit of the vine. Whether you prefer robust reds, crisp whites, or subtle rosés, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide, packed with information, how-tos, and trivia for wine enthusiasts of every variety. Seasoned sommeliers and budding oenologists alike will learn all things wine, including:

• How Wine Is Made
• How to Pour a Glass of Wine
• How to Pair Wine with Food
• The Truth About Sulfites
• How to Bring the Perfect Wine for Any Occasion
• And more!



Stuff Every Beer Snob Should Know

by Ellen Goldstein

This pocket-sized handbook to all things beer is the perfect gift for the homebrewer, craft beer lover, or anyone who appreciates a good pint.

From classic craft beers to trendy microbrews, beer is booming nationwide. Whether you prefer light lagers or hearty stouts, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide, packed with information, how-tos, and trivia for beer enthusiasts of all stripes. Seasoned craft-brew connoisseurs and newbie beer drinkers alike will learn almost everything there is to know about the world’s most beloved beverage, including:

• How to Taste Beer Like a Pro
• How to Store Beer
• How to Pair Beer with Food
• How to Host a Tasting
• How to Drink Local
• And more!



Field Guide to Stains

by Virginia M.Friedman, Melissa Wagner, and Nancy Armstrong

Get to know your stains—and then bid them goodbye forever! Learn everything about more than 100 stains—including their habits, their habitats, and (most importantly) how to make them go away.

From wine to wiper fluid, Field Guide to Stains provides effective techniques for rescuing clothes, upholstery, carpet, and wallpaper from stains caused by:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Household items
  • Office supplies
  • Sauces and condiments
  • Beauty products
  • Bodily functions
  • And more!

Featuring a glossary of cleaning techniques and the basic products any would-be clean person should have on hand, this guide is the perfect accoutrement for the laundry room, kitchen, nursery, garage, or any other place stains might occur.



New to You

by Melody Fortier

Sick of cheap, wasteful, disposable fast fashion? Learn how to shop for vintage clothing and accessories and build a more sustainable, stylish closet.

In this indispensable guide, anyone who buys or wears women’s clothing will learn how to:

• Avoid overpaying
• Sort trash from treasure
• Fix minor flaws—and spot major ones
• Find your ideal silhouette (including tips for plus-size shoppers)
• Alter and repurpose garments
• Care for delicate vintage fabrics

Buying older clothing means getting beautiful pieces that are built to last, without contributing to sweatshops or landfills—but only if you know what to look for. Let a vintage clothing expert guide you to ethical fashion bliss!

Previously published as The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping in 2009, this updated edition includes a new introduction and resources for evaluating online and brick-and-mortar shops.



This Modern House

by Jennifer Mcknight-Trontz

The time-tested advice you never learned in school for getting back to basics and running a healthy, happy, sustainable household.

In this amazing collection of proven wisdom and practical advice from real vintage textbooks, you’ll find everything you need to know about shopping, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and managing a household like an adult—whether you’re renting your first apartment or establishing a family home.

Learn handy home management skills such as:
• Replacing a button
• Planning a dinner party
• Choosing paint colors
• Reducing food waste
• Making natural cleaning supplies
• And many, many more

Give your household a happier, healthier future with time-tested tips from the past!


Before You

Create a time capsule of your life before becoming a parent with this stylish keepsake journal! More than 200 fun, inspiring prompts help you record who you are right now, so you can share that person with your future child.

As a parent-to-be, you’re facing a lot of adjustments: new interests, new anxieties, new habits and routines, even a new name—all of them related to your kid. But you’re more than just Mom or Dad! You’re a unique, vibrant, complete individual—and that won’t change, even when the rest of your life does.

More than 200 entertaining writing prompts will inspire you to create a perfect gift for a curious kid and teach them that parents are people too. Fill them in on details like:

  • The coolest place you ever traveled
  • Something that makes you mad
  • Your best hidden talent
  • Your secret hideout as a kid
  • The greatest costume you ever wore
  • And more questions they might never think to ask!

With prompts about your memories, your feelings and values, your goals and dreams, and everything that makes you a special person, Before You is a gift for every type of family—one that will only become more treasured as your child grows.


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