Do you have a favorite gift you like to give people? And if it’s a book, be specific!
Julie: I love giving handmade knit items to family members. I’m on a “each niece and nephew gets a afghan” kick right now, and I knit hats and sweaters for babies in my life. My grandmother taught me how to knit, so it means a lot to pass that on.
Sherry: I love that you knit gifts for your family, Julie! I always give my husband Michael Connelly’s latest book and Robert Crais if he has one out. It’s a win-win because I read them both too!
Liz: I love to give people gifts that benefit causes. Like, making a donation to World Wildlife Fund and getting really cute gifts to give the person along with the certificate that says they donated.
Barb: For years I gave The Joy of Cooking and The Joy of Sex as my standard wedding shower gift. I received The Joy of Cooking at my own bridal shower, with a note that said, “Kissin’ don’t last–cookery do,” which I thought was rather depressing. My paired books were meant as a joke but became a coveted gift in the family. The Joy of Sex went out of print, but I soldiered on for years with The Joy of Cooking. I still remember my husband’s cousin, who married a little later in life, clutching the cookbook to her chest, sighing, “I thought I would never get my Joy of Cooking.”
Edith/Maddie: I love that pairing, Barb! And handmade is always good, Julie. In Christmases past I have made sewn gifts: vegetable-themed aprons, wine coasters, and plastic bag “socks” – stuff the bags in the top and pluck them out at the bottom – and I’ve knitted scarves (the easiest knitting not to screw up for this undisciplined knitter). Also (except it’s not a Christmas gift), whenever a new baby is on the way in the family or our family-by-choice, I make a baby quilt. I do give books for Christmas, especially to the children.
Jessie: I love to give baskets of homemade goodies! I love to make tea breads, jams and preserves, hand-dipped dried fruits and boozy cordials all wrapped in sparkly cellophane and tied up with elaborate bows. It is my favorite standard gift and I love to see the looks on the recipients faces when they receive them!
Readers: Do you have a favorite gift you give?