Ditch the kitsch when souvenir shopping and opt for the Ottawa, Canada coffee table book by photographer William P. McElligott. With 155 images that McElligott says capture “the tapestry of life in Ottawa,” the book moves thematically through the seasons with photographs of Ottawa, Gatineau, and Gatineau Park. Find classic city scenes such as music festivals, landmarks, sporting events, community shots, and buildings by top architects. $52.50. Available at Henry’s, 267 Bank St., 613-232-5368, and select stores, or online.