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Oh My! Gift Guide: Book Week

Oh My! Gift Guide | Book Week

This holiday season, we’ve asked some of our favourite creatives, bloggers, makers and OMHG members to join us in rounding up great gift ideas. This week, we’re all about books – books for little people, books for big people, books for creative people. Books, books, books! Make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post, where you’ll find a fun surprise! But first, here are the books we think will make great gifts this holiday season:

Show Your Work

Kim’s Pick –  Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

“Showing off what we make – for fun, for sale, for other people – is the way we get our creations noticed. Artist and writer Austin Kleon lays it all out in this tiny, perfect book: why sharing is important, and how to do it so it makes you happy. This book would be a great gift for anyone you know who makes stuff, especially if they blog about it, do it for a living, or want to blog about it or do it for a living.” – Kim Werker is an editor, writer, and podcaster, and the author of Make It Mighty Ugly.


Lyndsay’s Pick – Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad

“This is a magical book of two little girls cooking their way to understanding the world. My two year old son and I both love it equally. It shows them making terrible mistakes in the kitchen (fallen tiered cakes, escaping octopus tentacles, burnt fish) and then continuing to learn and try, eventually coming up with beautiful simple french dishes that give adults back their sense of childhood. It’s a story of friendship, cooking and discovery. The illustrations are what makes the book truly special – Julie Morstad is an artist and illustrator and I’ve always loved the vintage children’s book feel of her artwork. I also simply adored any books with drawings of food or cakes or dessert when I was a kid – they’re the books from my childhood that stand out, so I hope this one will stand out for my son when he looks back.” – Lyndsay is a baker, blogger, freelance writer and photographer. Her main focus is Coco Cake Land, a modern cake and desserts blog featuring original cake tutorials, recipes and simple modern party ideas. She lives in Vancouver amongst the mountains, ocean and urban life with her husband and toddler son.  

lettering books

Shauna’s PickCreative Lettering and Beyond & Hand-Lettering Ledger

“Creative Lettering and Beyond is a great beginner’s how-to guide to learning lettering. (Though I’m a bit biased as this is my book!) And the Hand Lettering Ledger by the super talented Mary Kate McDevitt is one of my favorites in terms of inspiration. I love looking at her gorgeous lettering and love that she shows how-to steps.” – Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn is a hand lettering artist and illustrator living in Orlando, Florida. She loves vintage typography and emphemera and has an unhealthy obsession with purchasing books that she doesn’t have room for. Her work can be seen at and prints can be purchased at

Easy Gourmet

Marisa’s PickEasy Gourmet by Stephanie Le

“I love pretty much all kinds of books but I have a serious weakness for beautiful cookbooks. Easy Gourmet is filled with tantalizing taste combinations and stunning pictures that will leave your stomach growling. From the simple to the sublime, the spaghetti to the shrimp rolls, Stephanie’s recipes challenge you to get creative in the kitchen while producing gourmet dishes that don’t need to be saved for special occasions. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection.” – Marisa Edghill is the author of Washi Style (UK edition / US edition) and a featured artist in Pinterest Perfect. 


Jessika’s Pick – Goodness in Unexpected Places gift pack from House of Anansi Press

“Marisa tweeted me a link to this set last month and I immediately bought the books for my 10 year old Ila but also so I could read them first. The Cat At The Wall by Deborah Ellis is about a little girl who finds herself reincarnated as a cat into a Palestine village in a house with a small boy who needs help and finds the answer to how one cat, or any one creature, can make a difference. In A Simple Case of Angels by Caroline Adderson it is the holidays but no one in Nicola’s town seems very happy. After her dog gets in trouble Nicola winds up volunteering at a local seniors home with a friend and they find out some of the residents are being held against their will. Freeing them brings out the very best in both Nicola and her badly behaved dog June Bug. Both of these books will make hearts of any age grow three sizes bigger, all filled up with goodness, giving, and grace.” Jessika is the cooperative director of Oh My! Handmade, learn more about her here

Creative Block

Shauna’s Bonus PickCreative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas by Danielle Krysa

“This is a go-to book for sure. I love this because it makes me feel less alone when I get artist block as well as giving me ideas on how to push past those blocks.” Filled with advice and projects from 50 successful artists, this would make a wonderful pick for artists and creatives in your life.

See more books we love over on our Pinterest board!

But wait, before you go – a special announcement! To spread our love for Books, we’re declaring this week Book Week! We’ve teamed up with publishers and purveyors of awesome things to bring you a week of giveaways. Each day we’ll be sharing a new and exciting giveaway! Here’s a hint of what’s to come and where to find it…

Oh My! Book Week | 5 Days of Bookish Giveaways

Monday – that’s today! See details below.

Tuesday – Does colouring bring you great Joy? Find Tuesday’s giveaway over on the Oh My! Handmade Instagram account.

Wednesday – While Pinterest might not be perfect, it is bursting with creative inspiration. Wednesday’s giveaway will be found on our Pinterest Books Board.

Thursday – Making doesn’t always have to be pretty, in fact, sometimes it’s better when it’s ugly. Join us on Facebook on Thursday for this mighty fun giveaway.

Friday – A special surprise for one and all! Make sure you’re following Jessika on Twitter so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Oh My! Book Week | Day 1: Creative Lettering & Beyond + Jet Pens Sampler - enter on

We’re giving away a copy of Creative Lettering and Beyond featuring our very own Shauna Lynn + a set of 5 brush pens from Jet Pens * – Shauna’s favourite pens for lettering!

*In case of a Canadian winner, Jet Pens prize will be a $25 gift certificate.

Giveaway open to US / Canada only. Winners chosen at random on Monday, December 22.

Enter here by letting us know your favourite books for gifting (or a book you’d love to receive!) in the comments. Get an extra entry for sharing one of our giveaway graphics on your website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

This giveaway is now closed – Congratulations to Catherine Denton for her winning comment! 

Special thanks to Walter Foster, Jet Pens, Peter Pauper Press, Omiyage, Sasquatch and Scout Books for supplying us with all these awesome goodies to share with you!

Oh My! Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Oh My! Gift Guide | Stocking Stuffers

This holiday season, we’ve asked some of our favourite creatives, bloggers, makers and OMHG members to join us in rounding up great gift ideas. This week we challenged our contributors to share tiny treasures and stocking stuffers that are $25 or under. Here’s what we picked:

alp & ash

Marisa’s PickAngel Ornament from Alp & Ash

“One of the loveliest parts of the holiday season is decorating the tree – unwrapping and placing the ornaments – each one a memory of Christmases past! These charming angel ornaments from Manchester’s Alp & Ash would make a wonderful addition to any tree. Who wouldn’t love finding one in their stocking? You can even customize the ornament by combining your favourite hairstyle and dress designs.” – Marisa Edghill runs, an online purveyor of all things cute, clever & crafty. Follow her on Instagram @omiyage_ca for daily doses of colour and inspiration.

cocoa honey

Fatema’s PickDark Chocolate Pistachio Toffee from Cocoa & Honey

“They say the best gifts are the ones that are hard to part with, or what you would like to receive yourself. Heather a pastry chef and now chocolatier runs Cocoa and Honey a Nova Scotia based organic chocolate shop with her own unique mix of flavors. I would  love unwrapping her mouth watering delights which make them great stocking stuffers in my book.” – Fatema is the designer behind Silver Lily Jewelry. She is obsessed with the gorgeous hues and sparkle of gemstones which she makes into keepsake jewelry in her modern classic style.

Oh My! Gift Guide | Marble and Milkweed

Jessika’s PickMini Rose & Chamomile Facial set from Marble and Milkweed

“The lovely Karen brought her mini facial set to our Maker’s Retreat in October and it was so sweet I came home and dropped very broad hints about how nicely it would fit in my stocking! The handcrafted natural botanical skin care and teas from Marble and Milkweed are beautifully packaged and the perfect little gift for someone who could use a little nudge to take time for treating herself to the simple pleasures. It is a wee bit over the $25 mark so you could always just choose one full size jar! ” Jessika is the cooperative director of Oh My! Handmade. 


Stephanie’s Pick – DIY Origami Birds & Foxes by Britta Manger

“These cute little birds and foxes come to life when you fold them, they make the absolute cutest fun stocking stuffers! Your kids will have to work a little to create their new friends and then they can use them to make a mobile or to put on a little play! Creative gifts are the best, aren’t they?” – Stephanie is the treasure hunter behind Baba Souk, an online boutique for creative cool cats, indie design & craft lovers. A colorful oasis to buy the best of handmade gifts and to get inspired.

sara picks

Sara’s PickWit & Whistle’s Rubber Stamps and Em Dash Paper Co’s Notebooks

“I love Wit & Whistle’s collection of – you guessed it – witty and punny rubber stamps. Last year, I got a couple of stamps and they ended up being my favorite “tiny treasure” in my stocking. And because I can’t help myself, I also love the mini notebooks from Em Dash Paper Co. Emily has a handful of hand-drawn designs that always make me giggle or fist pump – especially the Oxford Comma For Life design – YES.” – Sara Does is equal parts snarky paper goods, serious business services, and the regularly scheduled change of mind. Follow her on Instagram for snark, sarcasm, yoga practice, and local love.

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Bonus Pick – Omiyage Washi Tape

I’m going to be cheeky here and suggest my own shop for this category! Holiday themed washi tape makes a great stocking stuffer plus both kids and adults alike love pretty tape. And it’s fun to wrap too!

See more great stocking stuffer ideas on our Pinterest board:

Follow OMIYAGE’s board Stocking Stuffers on Pinterest.And follow OMHG’s Etsy Gift Guide.

Don’t forget to check out our other gift guides: Week One – Creative Gifts, Week Two – Giftable Art, Week Three – Gifts for Kids, Week Four – Animal Gifts, Week Five – Gifts For The Home.

What would you love to find in your stocking this year? Share your ideas in the comments!