White Elephant, Secret Santa, and More Silly Holiday Gift Exchange Ideas

By Candice Chaplin | July 15 2021 | HumorMerchandisePromo Opportunity

White Elephant and Secret Santa gift exchanges have become more popular, and certain books and merch from PRH see massive sales increases during the fourth quarter as a result. Titles on this list outsell Q1 – 3 by as much as 16 times in Q4. Tis the season to sell backlist!

Titles including those below have huge potential, so be sure booksellers stock them in prominent locations for shoppers. To see a complete list:

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How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety
And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives
978-0-451-49492-4
Based on three 'zines that have collectively sold 35,000 copies, a parody guidebook for people to teach their cats about gun safety, abstinence, evolution, and other important right-wing concerns, which crosses the whimsy of Cat Fancy with the paranoia of a Chick Tract
$12.00 US
Oct 04, 2016
Paperback
Crown
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People
978-0-7352-1368-5
A hilarious, irreverent twist on the traditional baby book, with illustrated activities, lists, essays, and musings on what pregnancy is really like, from two prominent lifestyle and parenting bloggers.
$18.00 US
Apr 25, 2017
Paperback
TarcherPerigee
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Truth About Chuck Norris
400 Facts About the World's Greatest Human
978-1-59240-344-8
The lowdown on the toughest, sexiest, and beardiest man to ever stalk the earth Since its emergence from the bowels of the internet, the Chuck Norris Fact has roundhouse kicked its way into the world’s consciousness with all the vim and verve of its namesake. Singing the praises of his unequaled toughness, his mighty kicking feet, his indestructible beard, his frightening virility, and his ability to stop time by thinking about pineapples, The Truth About Chuck Norris is the one book brave enough to go behind the beard and reveal the real Chuck. Ian Spector, webmaster of the site which started the meme and survivor of a real-life encounter with Chuck himself, has selected the 400 most kick-ass facts from his library of thousands, as well as illustrations as awesome as the man himself. This death-defying volume includes such awe-inspiring observations as: • A cobra once bit Chuck Norris’s leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died. • Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone by rubbing it against his beard. • When an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side. • Chuck Norris was the first person to tame a dinosaur. • Chuck Norris once visited The Virgin Islands. Afterward, they were renamed The Islands. • Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris’s house is a Total Gym. A must-have paean to the archetypical American male and a bible of all things Chuck, The Truth About Chuck Norris is easily the most important book of all time.AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODY
$15.00 US
Nov 29, 2007
Paperback
Avery
World

Dog Shaming
978-0-385-34934-5
PostSecret meets Bad Dog in a book based on the web phenomenon Dogshaming (www.dogshaming.com), where dog owners post photos of their pups with notes detailing their misdeeds: waking sleeping babies, eating vomit, chasing mailmen, snoozing in dirty laundry, unplugging alarm clocks, tennis-ball theft.
$15.00 US
Sep 24, 2013
Paperback
Crown
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Images You Should Not Masturbate To
978-0-399-53649-6
Choking the chicken, spanking the monkey, airing the orchid-whatever you call it, none of the images in this book will encourage the gentle art of self-pleasure. This deceptively simple and strangely addictive book presents a laugh-out-loud collection of random pictures virtually guaranteed to dampen the urge of even the strongest libido.
$11.00 US
Feb 01, 2011
Paperback
TarcherPerigee
World