Entertaining, Fun Christmas Gift Ideas of Harry Potter, Ansel Adams & Aliens!


It’s never too early to think about Christmas and finding a good gift for someone can be difficult. The following are some practical – and not so practical – ideas.

Hogwarts Coaster Book

RP Studio


2019, 10 pages/5 coasters

ISBN: 9780762467693

Those who like Harry Potter (or who don’t like water marks on tables) will find this book both fun and practical. The main attraction is the set of five removable, wooden, magnetic coasters representing each of the houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry along with the school itself. There are short descriptions and an attractive coaster for each of the four houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin) along with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can learn about the ancient wizarding school along with Gryffindors (courageous, daring students), Hufflepuffs (loyal, hard working), Ravenclaws (wise) and Slytherins (sinister).

Nice, unique – and practical – gift for fans of Harry Potter.

Ansel Adams 2020 Engagement Calendar

Ansel Adams

Little, Brown and Company

2019, 125 pages

ISBN: 9780316411943

If you are already scheduling appointments and activities for next year, you will find this beautiful black-and-white engagement calendar featuring the exceptional photos of Ansel Adams very handy (giving yourself a gift is good too). The mostly nature photographs are stunning and were taken in places such as Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Oregon, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and various other places. In this collection, Yosemite National Park has the most photographs with 21 of the calendar’s 53 photos being shot there. The photos were taken between 1925 and 1968. Each photograph is a page in the calendar.


Besides the awesome photographs, the calendar itself is well done with a week on a page offering a good amount of space to write down appointments and short notes. Week days are divided into “a.m.” and “p.m.” At the bottom of the page there are small monthly calendars for the last, current and next months. Phases of the moon as well as holidays and other significant days are included. At the back of the calendar there are monthly calendars on a page for 2020 as well as January and February 2021. There are also pages that feature all 12 months on a page for 2020 and 2021.

And with Christmas just around the corner this nice calendar would make a thoughtful gift for the photographers or nature lovers in your life.

UFO Cow Abduction

Running Press

2019, booklet and kit

ISBN: 9780762493418

ages 8+

Looking for a small, fun present? Want to give a gag gift to someone who believes in aliens? How about UFO Cow Abduction? The kit includes the 32-page booklet “The Cow Abduction Chronicles” by Matt Smiriglio along with a 3” diameter spaceship (which features cool lights and sounds), a miniature cow, “faux grass mound” and a display stand. Neat item to display at home or maybe on your desk at work?

Glenn Perrett writes about movies, books and entertainment. You can reach him at nglennperrett@gmail.com.

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