Holiday Gift Guide 2023: White Elephant Gifts

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

These books make for great White Elephant gifts for anyone—especially the opossum and cat lovers in your life!


When in Doubt, Play Dead: Life Advice from an Unexpected Source

by Ally Burguieres

Featuring 70 watercolor illustrations, this totally adorable gift of a book offers wisdom and insight from a delightfully unexpected source: the opossum.

Shy, resourceful, and deeply misunderstood yet thoroughly relatable, opossums offer a model for seeing the world—and oneself—in an entirely fresh way.

Written and illustrated by Ally Burguieres, creator of the popular Instagram account @ItsMeSesame, who spends her days as a wildlife rehabber caring for and learning from opossums, When in Doubt, Play Dead offers encouragement to embrace life’s weird, wild, and wonderful moments.

Learn to live your life the opossum way. And bring some opossum optimism to the people in your life with these printable gift tags!



Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handcrafts to Make with Your Cat

by Kaori Tsutaya; Translated by Amy Hirschman

Got fur balls?

Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! 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. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!



Penis Pokey

by Christopher Behrens

You’re the star in this very adult board book!

We dare you to try to make it through the (w)hole book without laughing! Every scene in Penis Pokey has one thing missing, and you have to complete the picture.

It’s a role-playing game for your favorite body part—are you up to the challenge?

A great gag gift idea for bachelor parties, vasectomy parties, white elephant gift exchanges, Secret Santa, and Yankee swaps.


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