Little Gifts That Mean A Lot: Bonus Gift Guide!

We’ve covered coffee table books, trusty titles for the young and young at heart, and the heavy hitters of 2022 in this year’s Musing gift guide, but we couldn’t let the holiday season go by without a mention of the little gifts that will mean a lot. There are eight nights of Hanukkah and Christmas stockings to be filled, so consider this Bonus Gift Guide your blueprint for bitty bookish goodies. Have a browse! And while you’re at it, check out our bookseller-curated Holiday Catalog over on our website for more picks.

*Important holiday shipping deadlines*

Orders being shipped via media mail should be placed by Dec. 9 to arrive before Dec. 25
Orders being shipped via expedited mail should be placed by Dec. 16 to arrive before Dec. 25

(We cannot guarantee delivery dates, but these deadlines are in accordance with USPS recommendations.)


Galatea: A Short Story By Madeline Miller Cover ImageGalatea: A Short Story

By Madeline Miller

We can confidently say that someone you know and love has read The Song of Achilles and/or Circe and can’t wait until Madeline Miller’s next novel. Until then, they would love to unwrap this beautiful short story!

Tread of Angels By Rebecca Roanhorse Cover ImageTread of Angels

By Rebecca Roanhorse

This slim new novel is the perfect gift for anyone who loves gorgeous world-building and is looking to add some diversity to their sci-fi/fantasy shelves. Roanhorse is blazing a path for indigenous writers in genre fiction.

A Little Book about Books By Hippo! Orange (Editor) Cover ImageA Little Book about Books

By Hippo! Orange (Editor)

The title says it all. Know someone who has read everything? This is what they need.

Can I Pet Your Dog? By Jeremy Nguyen Cover ImageCan I Pet Your Dog?

By Jeremy Nguyen

For the person who comes to Parnassus to (1) pet the shop dogs and (2) find a new book to read, in that order. All of us here can relate to going to great lengths to pet a fluffy dog.

The Shop Dogs of Parnassus by Ann Patchett

Speaking of folks who love the shop dogs! Our very own Ann Patchett and her good friend Kate DiCamillo wrote about the dogs who have wandered amongst our shelves and the impact they left on us all. Proceeds benefit the Parnassus Foundation!

What now? By Ann Patchett Cover ImageWhat now?

By Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett, known best for her work on The Shop Dogs of Parnassus (above), has also written just a few other things, one of which is this essay based on her commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. Perfect for the folks in your life who aren’t quite sure what to do next.

A Message from Ukraine: Speeches, 2019-2022 By Volodymyr Zelensky Cover ImageA Message from Ukraine: Speeches, 2019-2022

By Volodymyr Zelensky

On a more serious note, President Zelensky of Ukraine has released this short collection of recent speeches to benefit his foundation, United24. Grab this for everyone on your list, and let them know that all of the proceeds went to supporting the Ukrainian people.


Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La! By Sandra Boynton, Sandra Boynton (Illustrator) Cover ImageMoo, Baa, Fa La La La La!

By Sandra Boynton

Christmas. Sandra Boynton. Enough said.

Green Is for Christmas By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover ImageGreen Is for Christmas

By Drew DaywaltOliver Jeffers (Illustrator)

The beloved author of The Day the Crayons Quit has this small new picture book out just in time for the holidays!

A Winter's Tale (Peter Rabbit) By Beatrix Potter, Beatrix Potter (Illustrator) Cover ImageA Winter’s Tale (Peter Rabbit)

By Beatrix Potter

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic. This gorgeous edition just came out this year!

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Special Edition By E.L. Konigsburg, E.L. Konigsburg (Illustrator) Cover ImageFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Special Edition

By E.L. Konigsburg

Speaking of classics, grab this gift edition of the perennial favorite From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for the middle grade reader on your list. There’s a reason it’s been widely loved since 1967!

His Dark Materials: The Collectors By Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury (Illustrator) Cover ImageHis Dark Materials: The Collectors

By Philip PullmanTom Duxbury (Illustrator)

This companion story to the His Dark Materials series tells the chilling backstory of the girl who will one day become the sinister Mrs. Coulter. Hint: If someone on your list is watching the His Dark Materials HBO adaptation, they want this book.

Penguin Minis: Between Shades of Gray By Ruta Sepetys Cover ImagePenguin Minis: Between Shades of Gray

By Ruta Sepetys

The Penguin Minis collection takes YA books and fits them in the palm of your hand. Try this one by the incredible Ruta Sepetys! (Psst, if you order this or ANY of Ruta’s books by Dec. 8, you’ll also receive a special holiday card from Ruta herself!)


Q-Less: The Crossword Solitaire Game

We can’t talk about holiday gifts without mentioning Q-Less, the addictive crossword solitaire game from local game inventor Tom Sturdevant. To make the game play smoothly, Tom removed the letter Q. Hence, the name! Perfect for fans of Scrabble and Bananagrams.

Book Darts

If you haven’t heard of book darts before, you’re going to wish you’ve always had them! They’re perfect for marking pages and even specific lines in your books. Each tin contains 50 darts, so grab some for that reader in your life who is forever dogearing pages to mark their favorite lines.

Ramen Fury

This staff favorite game is fun for the whole family! Rush to prepare and slurp up delicious bowls of ramen filled with tasty ingredients in this use-your-noodle card game. Collect combos of cards to score for different recipes while adding garnishes to boost your points. At the same time, watch out as other players throw spicy chili peppers your way or swipe foods right from your bowls! It’s “take that” fun that will have you calling for takeout!

Parnassus Mini Puzzle

Originally featured in Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores, this lovely illustration of our storefront is now in mini puzzle form! Shoutout to New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein for making our store look so good.

Parnassus Gift Card

When all else fails, let them pick! We’ll send a gift card for any amount via email or snail mail.