Indigo Last Minute Gift Guide: Heather's Holiday Book Picks, Top Kid's Toys and 101 Gift Ideas

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Just in time for the holidays, Indigo (TSX: IDG), Canada's leading purveyor of books, toys, home decor, ideas and inspiration is delighted to announce its last minute gift guide including: Heather's Holiday Book Picks, Top Kid's Toys and 101 Gift Ideas.

Indigo CEO and Chief Booklover Heather Reisman's new favourites are a selection of uplifting and inspiring titles covering fiction, non-fiction, teen and kids. From Longbourn by Jo Baker, the story of Pride and Prejudice retold from below-the-stairs, to The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, a moving tale of a young boy who helps his mom slow down to find a moment of wonder in a fast-paced world - these books are certain to make the perfect gift for any reader on your holiday list.


Longbourn by Jo Baker - A brilliantly imagined, irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society's expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - A novel of shocking narrative energy and power, The Goldfinch combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art.

Non Fiction

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin - the story of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the chaotic, dynamic America they led one hundred years ago: a polarized country, pit-bull reporters, greedy Wall-streeters, and corrupt politicians. Change the names and dates and this would be a book about modern politics - every page is relevant to the challenges, issues, and frustrations of today.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai - On October 9, 2012 a beautiful young Pakistani girl, who loved nothing more than to go to school and learn, was shot in the face at close range by a Taliban assassin. Her name is Malala Yousafzai. I am Malala is an extraordinary story of bravery, passion, and determination told in Malala's own words.


Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist - books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson - This is a perfect book to share with children from 6 to 8 years old - it's about amazement, beauty, and knowing that there's wisdom in even the smallest child.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman - Perfect for children 8 to 10, this book is filled with adventure, aliens, time travel and more. Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk is a modern day Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, hilarious, wonderfully weird, and guaranteed to turn any child into a voracious reader.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson - An innovative, refreshing debut picture book about the changing seasons and the magic of turning a page. Matheson invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.

Sparkup - The Magical Book Reader - Record any picture book in your own voice or download professional recordings from the web and Sparkup will follow along. Sparkup clips directly onto a recorded picture book and recognizes the front cover and each page, following children as they turn the pages - even out of order.

Beautiful Book

Genesis by Sebastião Salgado - Salgado has created a collection of images showing nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in breathtaking beauty. Mastering the monochrome with an extreme deftness to rival the virtuoso Ansel Adams, Salgado brings black-and-white photography to a new dimension.


The Flavour Principle by Lucy Waverman - Organized around eleven distinctive tastes, from spicy to tart to bitter and beyond, The Flavour Principle features more than thirty gorgeous menus with complementary - and sometimes surprising - beverage pairings. Covering flavours from all over the world, this cookbook is a journey around the globe.

Indigo Makes Holiday Shopping Easy and Convenient

Indigo Top Toys of 2013: Unforgettable toys that will make play time imaginative, rewarding and fun. Indigo's Top Toys List features an incredible selection of unique toys that will ignite discovery in kids of all ages.

Best Books of 2013: Indigo has made giving the gift of books easy this holiday season, whether you're looking for the Best Books of 2013 or books for any Reader on your list.

101 Gift Ideas: Shop hundreds of Great Gift Ideas, expertly curated, with something for everyone on your list! Tweet any question about gifting to #hohohoIndigo @ChaptersIndigo and Indigo's experts will help you find the perfect gift!

Free Shipping: Most online orders over $25 ship for free. To ensure that gifts arrive by December 24th online shoppers can check shipping deadline details at Online purchases made between December 10-12, 2013 will ship for free with no minimum spend, details here:

Shop via Indigo Mobile App: Customers can easily shop from home or on-the-go using the Indigo Mobile App for iOS or Android. Using the app in-store, customers can scan items and have their order shipped to their home or directly to a gift recipient.

About Indigo
With books always at our heart and soul at Indigo we are about telling stories and creating experiences. Indigo is Canada's largest purveyor of ideas and inspiration to enrich your life, with books, specialty toys, gifts and lifestyle enhancing products that affordably offer intrinsic quality, beauty and timeless design. As the largest book and specialty retailer in Canada, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore, and Coles and online at

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