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Christmas Shopping Made Easy
This year I finished my Christmas shopping early. Hurray! I’m so proud of myself. Most years I’m late—rushing around when the stores are too crowded and the best things are gone. Then I have to stand in a long line at the post office and pay extra so my box of gifts will get there on time.
But this year, here I am. It’s the first week of December, and all the gifts I bought are laid out on the dining room table ready to be wrapped. Blouses, socks, lotions, hankies, toys, games, a sweater, a jacket, a hat … and twelve books.
Wait! Did I really buy that many books? (Amazing since none of them are my book.)
The thing is, books make a great gift. They provide hours of pleasure (if you choose well), they’re inexpensive (except for the coffee table books), and they’re super easy to wrap.
Given what excellent gifts books make, I thought I’d share with you the books Jocelyn Eikenburg, a blogger I follow, recommends. She lists thirteen books, all helpfully described based on the person you’re buying for. Here are the categories:
“For fans of love stories with lots of drama,”
“For the armchair traveler fascinated by Asia,”
“For fans of Pearl Buck’s wartime China stories,”
“For anyone interested in interracial relationships,”
“For chick lit fans,”
“For the person who wants to be happier, but hates self-help books,”
“For anyone who loves comics and stories about the ups and downs of living abroad,”
“For fans of mysteries and thrillers,”
“For people who like reading about road trips and love stories,”
“For readers interested in the Asian American experience,”
“For readers who love coming-of-age stories,”
“For fans of travel stories with a little heart and soul.”
So … After seeing the list, do you know anyone who fits one of these categories? If so, check out Jocelyn’s blog, Speaking of China, to see her recommendations.
Happy Christmas shopping.