2014 Phinney Books Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Looking for that perfect last gift to make a Christmas morning or a last night of Hannukah complete? Out of all the charming, modestly sized items in the store, we had to limit ourselves to just eighteen favorites.

101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illustrated by Roz Chast

For the Scrabble fan, the Magnetic Fields (of whom Stephin Merritt is the singer/songwriter) fan, the Roz Chast fan: a witty, sometimes racy poetic tribute to the 101 playable words in Scrabble (before they decided to add four more).

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Introduce your adventurous reader to the first in VanderMeer's gorgeously packaged, bite-sized trilogy of unsettling environmental adventures.

The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure by C.D. Rose

The particular failures in these pages are invented, but oh, do they ring true.

Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis

No one tells stories with more compact power than micro-master Lydia Davis.

Small and large sasquatches and yetis from Careful It Bites

Sewn in Seattle, these tiny monsters pack a lot of toothy, furry love into their adorably angry little bodies.

The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler

A thoughtful and handsome companion to the always-welcome placement of a fifth of a favorite spirit in your beloved's stocking.

Glittersweet Blackbird Coin Purse

Of the many designs to choose from in Glittersweet's smallest purse, we do like this dignified resident of the marshes (including our nearby Green Lake).

The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds

Warning: these birds really are troubled (as well as profusely and amusingly illustrated).

Junior Genius Guide: Outer Space by Ken Jennings

The fourth in the local Jeopardy! champ's fact- and fun-filled guides to just the kind of knowledge a young mind (and many an older mind) thrills to amass.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

It does seem a little like magic they way we have to keep building new, neat stacks of this charming and apparently life-changing phenomenon on our front counter after the previous stacks are all snapped up by aspiring and evangelizing neatnicks, often two, three, or four copies at a time.

Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett

Somewhere on Phinney Ridge there resides the perfect recipient for this cuddly little volume.

My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

A dozen holiday-themed stories by some of the most beloved writers for teens, including Rainbow Rowell, Kelly Link, David Levithan, and Gayle Forman.

Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak

Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre, all collected in a wee box just about the size of this photograph. An irresistible classic for a current kid or a nostalgic grown-up. 

Sock It To Me Nutcracker socks

What better to stuff a stocking with than a sock (or, rather, a pair of socks), one of the dozens of insane designs—from cheeseburgers to disco sasquatches to rainbow-blasting unicorns—that will make your calves the envy of the Ridge.

Soviet Space Dogs by Olesya Turkina

An earnest celebration (or ironic? It's hard to tell) of those first unwitting canine adventurers into space, filled with the iconography of national animal heroism.

Kikkerland's "Stairway to Heaven" music box

We have more than a half-dozen tunes available, from "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" to "Yellow Submarine," but our most popular, understandably, is about that lady who's sure all that glitters is gold.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Translated into English for the first time and presented in a distinctive edition ingeniously designed by Chip Kidd, this strange little tale is the perfect stocking stuffer for the Murakami fan in your life.

Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban

Any of the handsome, brilliantly curated books in the NYRB Classics paperback series would make a fine gift; might we suggest this modern classic, a heartwarming tale of lonely urban lives made less so, by the author of the equally beloved Frances books for younger readers.