Stuck on what to get someone and increasingly panicked as the Christmas clock winds down?
Books are always a good gift. And the bonus is that you can always find them at a bookstore! No rushing around from this place or that to see if they have it. Bookstores have books! And all of my choices here are mainstream and should be found where you buy your printed word.
My picks for gifts:
For the college-age niece, or the frazzled friend you only see these days at school pickup: The Happiness Project. It's interesting, with a cute cover, and you don't have to be a big reader to appreciate the nuggets of wisdom here. Read what I originally said about it here.
For those you suspect have been living under a rock for the past couple of years: The Help and The Hunger Games. Both excellent, both (still) part of the cultural conversation. You can read what I originally wrote about them here and here.
For the brother who is addicted to the ID channel: Columbine by Dave Cullen. Yes, I'm still talking about this book. Also Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, one of my all-time favorites. Both of these are a little morbid for the holiday season, but they're also both excellent enough to trump that.
For the single co-worker who routinely arrives in her cubicle with last night's mascara smudged on her face: The Dirt. Just trust me.
For the thoughtful book club attender: The Keep. I just finished this one yesterday and yes, I'm recommending it. It took my breath away.
Amazon is still offering 2-day shipping to get it there by Christmas eve, if getting out and about during these last few days makes you nauseous.
Not everyone reads, I know. Although I don't understand a person who doesn't read. Except my husband. He doesn't read, and I understand him. Well, I understand him in general. It's still hard for me to understand the part of him that doesn't read.
Anyway, for the woman in your life who doesn't read, I came across two things while browsing in Williams Sonoma that are so much the bees knees that I just had to share:
This set of multicolor mixing bowls is much more impressive in person than in this picture. The biggest one is huge. The bowls are heavy and bright, durable enough for regular use, but pretty enough to use as serving pieces. Of course I want them for myself.
This marble cake stand was so beautiful that it took everything in me not to purchase it for myself right then and there. I resisted, but I'm pretty sure that it made me completely change my mind about the countertops I want for the kitchen (eventually). Marble, I love you. Call me.
I've given Kate Spade bracelets as gifts several times this year. My favorite is this rose gold one.
I didn't do an official gift guide, so I don't do a ton of gifting. But this has been such fun, maybe I should have! Share your fabulous last minute ideas in the comments, I'm sure there's more than one of us who have a few things left on our list.
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