Holiday gift ideas
December 2010

To help hone your holiday shopping list, to spur you to get started, or tempt you into our store, here's a smattering of goodies from the 100,000+ that await you at Green Apple.  We've selected a wide array of books and other items to show off the range of titles, merchandise, and prices that we offer. 

We've even arranged these items by price from $2.49 to over $1000, so all you big spenders can just skip right to the end.

Or click here to see the under-two-minute video version!

And our crack staff is physically here, of course, to help find the right gifts for all your loved ones.  Because a tie never changed anyone's life, right?

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Pete et al
Why a book?
I Like You

i like youA quirky little book for kids around 5-8 years old.  Despite the simple title, I like you for many reasons.

One customer buying five of them at once said she was going to keep them in her purse throughout the holidays until she had given them all away.  Shouldn't take long


Silly Bandz

Silly BandzThese are all the rage with the 5-10 year-old set.  We're not sure why, but take our word for it.  Kids dig 'em.

Great stocking stuffers

$2.98 for packs of 10-20

Kikkerland's Survival Tool
survival tool

Give the gift of life.  Or at least the power to save a life.  Or at least help you open a can, change a bike tire, or tighten a screw.

Just $3.95
Green Apple Gift Cards in any amount
gift card 2Green Apple gift cards make a swell gift.  Unlike those of major retailers, our gift cards do not lose value over time ("inactivity fees") and never expire.
Available in any amount online or in-store.

$5 to $200
Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction
mexican fictionHere is one of our favorite anthologies of literature in translation, from our neighbor to the south, edited by Alvaro Uribe and Olivia Sears. (Dalkey Archive Press)

Like all our remainders, this sells for less than even a nice used copy would cost you.  Big paperback.  Was $15.95. Now yours for just $8.98.
Green Apple Beanie
Show off your neighborhood street cred and keep your noggin warm with an authentic Green Apple beanie.  Don't be fooled by imitators. 

Legitimate Green Apple garb can only be purchased in-store or online here.


Dave Eggers SF Giants poster
Eggers Poster

Combine one of our favorite local authors with our favorite local baseball team, and you have the makings of a unique gift for the literate baseball fan in your life.  This was a very limited print run, and we're one of the few places that still has a few of these left.  It's big, too, maybe 2.5' by 4'?


Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (eBook)
Lydia Davis
It's no secret that Green Apple now offers 100s of 1000s of books through Google eBooks, most priced competitively.

The Google eBooks edition of Lydia Davis' collected stories
may be a good way to start reading on screens, should you be so tempted.  Read more about cloud-based, device-agnostic Google eBooks here, or start with this eBook. 

Above San Francisco for Kids
above sf for kidsHere's the perfect board book for any SF native under 10.  Full of classic Robert Cameron photographs shot high above our beloved city, this sturdy book makes a lovely gift.

The 2011 Jellyfish Calendar
jellyfish 2011

From the Monterey Bay Aquarium comes this gorgeous calendar with stunning pictures of our friends, the free-swimming members of the phylum Cnidaria.


Forbidden Island
forbidden islandWe always offer a diverse selection of board games, tending towards the quirky.  Forbidden Island was one of the best games of the year, according to the Sf Chronicle (here).

This is a team game for ages 10+.  Takes about one fun-filled half-hour.


Pink Martini's Joy to the World CD
Pink MartiniJoy to the World is a festive, nondenominational holiday album with music from around the globe from the ever versatile and popular (at Green Apple, anyway) band Pink Martini.  Many other fine holiday CDs await you in our annex, too.

Remembering Playland at the Beach DVD
After showing to packed houses at the Balboa Theater, this very cool documentary of our late and lamented Playland at the Beach arrived at Green Apple.  With vintage footage of the Fun House (remember that slide?), Laffing Sal, the Diving Bell, and--of course--the Big Dipper, take a trip to the foggy west end of yesteryear.


The Wave Watcher's Companion
wave watcher

This is the most charming "science" book you'll ever peruse.  It's a complete but easily understood explanation of how waves work (and not just ocean waves).

The right gift for that curious wave watcher in your life. 
(Perigree books)  

Excellent Classical Music

Celebrating its 111th anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon, the highly respected classical music label, has released two collections of their greatest recordings.  Each 6-CD set has 111 tracks, a veritable classical education for the ears.

$24.97 each

Dr. Zhivago
dr zhivago
Doctor Zhivago is the latest Russian classic to get the Pevear-Volokhonsky treatment, and once again this translating tag-team extraordinaire has revitalized a masterpiece for English-language readers.  A by-now familiar story of love and revolution, Pasternak's novel has been given new life in this definite (and handsome) new edition.  (Pantheon)

Tartine Bread
Tartine BreadFor the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book of the season, by Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in the Mission. Chad developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the U.S, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. A hundred photographs from years of testing, teaching, and recipe development provide step-by-step inspiration, while additional recipes provide inspiration for using up every delicious morsel.         $40.00
"Complete" David Sedaris on CD
Sedaris box set
OK. So this isn't really complete now that Mr. Sedaris has a brand-new book, but 20 hilarious CDs by America's funniest writer for only $49.98 is a steal.  And we only have about 20 left as of this writing, so hurry in.


75 Years of DC Comics
dc comics

700 pages of stunning color. 2000+ images. 16 pounds of comics. In-depth essays.  You have to see it to believe it. (Taschen, of course)


Rare Hammett, Chandler, MacDonald

It's the stuff that noir-lovers' dreams are made of. . .first editions of Dashiell Hammett's first two novels in collectable condition; signed first editions and signed deluxe editions by Ross Macdonald; a first U.K. edition of Chandler's Long Goodbye in dust jacket.

From $75 to $1750.  AQ

Thanks for reading!  Remember, we're here to help you find the perfect gift like no computer can!
Pete et al
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