With Christmas approaching, here are some unusual book gift ideas to make the recipient wonder (all are listed on amazon.com or abebooks.com)…

Stop-Motion Puppet Sculpting by Tom Brierton

Stop Motion Puppet Sculpting

Glorified Fasting by Franklin Hall

Glorifed Fasting

Curses and Blessings for All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive

Curses and Blesses

Dating For Under a Dollar: 301 Ideas by Blair Tolman

Book cover of

 

Horse Yoga

Horse Yoga

How to Land a Top-Paying Pierogi Makers Job by Ashley McFadden

“How to Land a Top-Paying Pierogi Makers Job” book cover

 

Versailles: The View From Sweden by Elaine Dee and Guy Walton

Versailles the view from Sweden

 

Teach Your Wife to Be a Widow by Donald I. Rogers

Teach Your Wife to Be a Widow by Donald I. Rogers

How To Cook For A Ghost by Hope McIntyre

How to cook for a ghost

The New Radiation Recipe Book

Cover of “The New Radiation Recipe Book”

Anybody Can Be Cool– But Awesome Takes Practice by Lorraine Peterson

“Anybody Can Be Cool-- But Awesome Takes Practice”, devotionals for teens.

The Importance of Being Fuzzy by Artulo Sangalli

The Importance of Being Fuzzy

A Practical Guide to Racism by C.H. Dalton

A Practical Guide to Racism, a bestselling book from C.H. Dalton

Still Stripping after 25 years by Eleanor Burns

Still Stripping after 25 years by Eleanor Burns

Extreme Ironing by Phil Shaw

Book cover of Phil Shaw’s “Extreme Ironing”

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America by Julian Montague

Julian Montague’s “The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America”

 

Managing a Dental Practice The Genghis Khan Way by Michael Young

Managing a Dental Practice The Genghis Khan Way

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will) by Chuck Sambuchino

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino

Dancing with Jesus: Featuring a Host of Miraculous Moves by Sam Stall

Cover of “Dancing with Jesus” written by Sam Stall

The Manly Art of Knitting by David Fougner

David Fougner’s “The Manly Art of Knitting”

 

Self Help for the Bleak by Rich Hall

Book cover of “Self Help for the Bleak”

 

Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm

Monk Habits for Everyday People Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants

How To Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson

How To Survive a Robot Uprising, authored by Daniel H. Wilson

Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoonboxes of Daghestan by Robert Chenciner

Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoonboxes of Daghestan

How to Be Pope by Piers Marchant

Piers Marchant’s “How to Be Pope”

 

How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men by Adam Quan

Adam Quan’s “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men”

 

The Manga Guide to Calculus by Shin Togami; Hiroyuki Kojima

Calculus

Do It Yourself Coffins for Pets and People by Dale Power

Dale Power’s “Do It Yourself Coffins for Pets and People”

 

Pretending You Care: The Retail Employee Handbook by Norman Feuti

Cover of Norman Feuti’s “Pretending You Care”

 

The Social History of the Machine Gun by John Ellis

The Social History of the Machine Gun

Do-It-Yourself Brain Surgery by Joel Rickett

Book cover of “Do-It-Yourself Brain Surgery”

 

You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day by Scott Dikkers

“You Are Worthless” by a best-selling author, Scott Dikkers

Reusing Old Graves by Douglas Davies

Reusing Old Graves by Douglas Davies

 

Bombproof Your Horse by Rick Pelicano

Rick Pelicano’s “Bombproof Your Horse”

 

Nuclear War: What’s In It For You? by Ground Zero Fund

Cover of “Nuclear War: What's In It For You?”

 

Castration: The Advantages and the Disadvantages by Victor T. Cheney

Minimalist book cover of “Castration: The Advantages and the Disadvantages”

 

How to Make Money in Your Spare Time by JMR Rice

Book cover of “How to Make Money in Your Spare Time”
Teleportation: a how-to guide by Commander X; Tim R. Swartz
Teleportation a how to guide
The Practical Pyromaniac: Build Fire Tornadoes, One-Candlepower Engines, Great Balls of Fire, and More Incendiary Devices by William Gurstelle
William Gurstelle’s “The Practical Pyromaniac”

 

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees

Cover of David Rees’ “How to Sharpen Pencils”

 

How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer

How to Avoid Huge Ships, a book by John W. Trimmer

How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found by Doug Richmond

Doug Richmond’s “How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found”

 

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel

How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe By Charles Yu

Book cover of Charles Yu’s “How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe”

How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives by Zachary Auburn

Zachary Auburn’s “How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety”

 

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya

Kaori Tsutaya’s “Crafting with Cat Hair”

 

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina

Book cover of “Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes”

 

F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson ​(there are also sequels to this book)

Richard Benson’s “F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers”