You know that one person on your list that you can never shop for because either they have everything already, or they hate everything, so you spend hours walking around the mall milling in and out of shops, pulling your hair out because they're so impossible? Well, I've got a suggestion for you: give them a book. Books are always in style, they go with anything, and everyone always looks good while reading one.
At What to Give & What to Get, you can check out what books Penguin Group authors are gifting to loved ones this year and which ones are on their wish lists. Jan Brett, one of my favorite author/illustrators for her classics like The Mitten or Hedgie's Surprise, is giving Born to Run by Christopher McDougall to her "outdoorsy children, nieces, nephews, sister and trainers" because long distance running is a bonding activity in her family. Brett would like to get Tomie DePaola (another of my favorites!)'s Mother Goose to read to her new granddaughter.
For all you celebrity groupies out there, here's Perez Hilton's list:
- How to Be Famous by Heidi and Spencer. Give it to Tara Reid. Show her how other D-listers work the field.
- Going Rogue by Sarah Palin. Then I'd give it right back.
- The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi. Because he was a true Hollywood star who had talent and class.
There are tons of other authors, from Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) to Nick Hornby (Juliet, Naked), so click on over. Who knows, maybe you'll get some inspiration for gifts for the bibliophiles in your life. Of course, a subscription to Hayden's Ferry Review is always a lovely choice as well.