Vanessa Mooncie's lovely publication, The Print Making Book, actually shows print making doesn't need to be complicated. We really like it and think it's the perfect place to start for the novice printer.
The good thing about the book is it covers a massive breadth of printing techniques, from basic potato stamp projects to the more advanced screen printing, which obviously requires a more extensive tool kit. It is nicely flexible, depending on your budget and enthusiasm for printing, and allows you to develop your materials as your skills improve, rather than requiring you to splash out on the more expensive items immediately (like frames, screen printing mesh and screen filler). It also has a diverse range of materials that can be printed on - not just paper and cloth but also porcelain and shrink plastic - in fact the shrink plastic one looks really cool and is at the top of our craft to-do list!
The book has 28 projects - each showcasing different techniques and materials and with really clear step-by-step illustrations, and would be the perfect gift for any crafter.