Gift Ideas for Nature Lovers

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we present gift ideas from our Animals, Nature & Gardening and Ecology sections for those among your friends and family who prefer trees, plants and animals to the company of people (but really, don’t we all, from time to time?).

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


“Dr. Pol has his own hit TV show on the National Geographic World channel and now has his own book as well, full of funny stories about his work with all kinds of animals in rural Michigan.” – ABC The Hague’s Animals buyer Ester on Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow.

“After his highly popular Underwater Dogs, this time Casteel has captured cute-as-a-button puppies.” – Ester on Underwater Puppies.

“Select a cat for every occasion.” – Ester on 100 Cats in a Box.

Nature & Gardening

Ebook available for The Adventures of Henry Thoreau and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life.

“Beautifully illustrated book by plant experts Helen & William Bynum, detailing not only the history of 80 plants but also today’s uses in industry, fashion, the kitchen – you name it.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Nature & Gardening buyer Sigrid on Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World.

“Holly Becker, from the popular, has made a book on how to incorporate flowers in your house. Loaded with easy and more elaborate projects, this book is a great gift for the nature-loving tinker.” – Sigrid on Decorate with Flowers.

“The UN have declared that 2015 will be the International Year of the Soil. If it sounds somewhat insignificant to put so much effort in such a basic thing, this book by Kristin Ohlson entertainingly tells the story of agriculture in the 21st century. And of the farmers, ranchers and scientists who are busy righting the wrongs of 20th century industrial agriculture. Helped by the vast body of research now available on microbes, these people are tackling the problems caused by climate change that challenge regular food production.” – Sigrid on The Soil Will Save Us.


Ebook available for The Human Age and Feral.