Garrison Keillor said it best: “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Plus, books are easy to operate and to maintain. No special instructions or tools are required. And what a gift! Worlds and lives and entire universes can live between those modest little covers.
So what makes a good gift book? That’s easy: it must be just what the recipient wants, needs, desires or — at the very least — one that will amuse. And just as there are millions of people with differing dreams and interests, there are also millions of books reflecting all of those dreams, addressing all of those interests.
The gift of a book can be extremely intimate, demonstrating your love and affection with your choice. Or it can be the most generic present in the pile — a beautiful coffee table book that says: “I don’t know much about you, but I like you well enough to get you something good.”
We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday 2010! And if you’re still hunting about for that perfect last minute gift, remember: what could be more perfect than a book?
January Magazine’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide is here.