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Christmas Book Shopping?

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Christmas Book Shopping?

Post by anne whitfield » Fri November 28th, 2008, 1:00 am

I always buy books for presents. Does any one else?

So far I've bought two cricket non-fiction books for my eldest son - one an autobiography - and I've also bought a book which is the diary entries of Mawson, one of Australia's famous Antartica's explorers for my father-in-law.

What book gifts do you have planned for Christmas?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri November 28th, 2008, 1:22 am

Sometimes I buy my husband books for Christmas gifts, but I think he'll be getting something else this year. So all of the family book shopping will probably be done for me this year. Which is fine!
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Post by Amanda » Fri November 28th, 2008, 1:57 am

For gifts for my husband, who also has a birthday next week, I often pass on suggestions for books for him to my parents and brother. They are easy for them to find. Then I can get him the clothes, shoes etc that he might need.

I can always get my brother or mother a book. But I try to think of other things first. But buying a book for them is easy!

Dad is NOT a reader though, so I am often stuck finding something for him. My FIL is the same.

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Post by Divia » Fri November 28th, 2008, 2:07 am

I bought a GN and some book for a freiend on his wishlist and I might get my mom My Story about M. Monroe.
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Post by nona » Fri November 28th, 2008, 2:20 am

Sad to say I'm the only one that enjoys books for gifts. If I bought a book for anone in my family, my husbands family would snub me big time becuase they don't think it is a personal purchase, they consider that an everyday buy not a gift.

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Post by Ash » Fri November 28th, 2008, 3:07 am

I could never get my family to give me books or cards; usually I got something pretty useless that would be regifted or end up in a goodwill box, sad to say. But then, my DH came along. My birthday is a week after Christmas. One year my husband combined both by presenting me with a dozen silk roses, each with an attached $10 book gift card. It was such a hit that he continues to do this every holiday. Some men give their wives jewlery, mine gives me books and I am forever thankful!

My sister reads and I can usually find a book for her I know she'll love. Last year she was thrilled with the Roz Chast comic collection. This year she is either getting Shakespeare's Lives, or the new Moss Hart bio. My SIL is harder to buy for so she gets a gift card. But the kids on my list: their favorite auntie* always has books for them. I love passing on some of my favorites to them as the grow: from Hungry Caterpillar and Gingerbread Baby to the youngest, to Phantom Tollbooth, Heide, and Just So stories to the middle readers, to Twain, O'Henry and Poe to the older. My best friends girl is now 14 and because we've had so many political discussions lately, she is getting Animal Farm, among others.

I actually only have 2 grand nieces. But I am 'auntie' to a dozen or so kids of friends of mine!

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri November 28th, 2008, 4:45 am

I'm the only reader in my family too. I already know my gift from mom is a book about The Tudors and Stuarts in film, assuming it's out when it says it's out (Dec 12) and I don't have to wait a few months to get it after Christmas!

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Post by Alaric » Fri November 28th, 2008, 6:25 am

I'm planning on buying my dad a biography on Peter Brock.

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Post by Carine » Fri November 28th, 2008, 6:44 am

I ordered about 10 books at Bookdepository yesterday for my partner, not just for his Christmas but it is also his Birthday 10 days before Christmas. Although that is not all he's getting, there will be other things too.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri November 28th, 2008, 8:12 am

I don't often buy books for Christmas presents - only for my daughter usually. This year I'm going to get her The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as part of her haul, as she loved Coraline by the same author.
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