Giving Books for Gifts
Icelanders love their books. Before the Christmas gift giving season, each person has a book catalog delivered in their mail. These catalogs are highly anticipated, since they let people know about new books. Between September and December, people in Iceland buy, buy, buy books! This time period is called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood,” People in Iceland do prefer physical books, rather than e-books.
For those people who are environmentally conscious, give used books. They cost less, and they are usually as nice as the brand new ones. This is a good way to get beloved books from long ago. It's how I got my Yankee Pasha copy that I gave to my son. He loved reading my old copy, so I got him his own. For books that are out of print, this is a good way to find your copy. Buy the books in a used bookstore. Half Price Books operates both brick and mortar stores and has an online presence.
If you need a particular title, consider buying online. Barnes and Noble still operates physical bookstores, and they also sell used books online. Amazon sells used books, sometimes for just pennies, plus shipping. Powell Books offers used books. Books have professional reviews attached to the books, and there are also reader reviews. Bookfinder lets you look for specific books and compares prices among used book sellers. A quick google search will show you which online bookstores will best meet your needs.
Whether you are giving a fresh new copy of a book as a gift, or a gently used tome, you need to take the recipient's preferences in mind. Below is a list of questions that can help to guide your buying.
Questions to guide your book selections for gifts:
*What reading level is the recipient comfortable with?
*Do they like pictures in their books?
*What size of print does the person prefer?
*Is there a particular book that your recipient talks about wanting?
*Which authors does your gift recipient prefer?
*Does this person have hobbies or special interests?
*Has the person traveled to a particular destination that they enjoyed?
*Which genre makes the recipient happy?
*Does the person prefer fiction or non-fiction?
*Do they like a physical book or an e-book?
There is a sweet book tradition in Iceland. On Christmas Eve people receive at least one book for a present. Then, the evening is spent in quietly reading the books. Imagine that! Savor an evening when you can just read, with no guilt that you should be doing something "productive." You don't have to reserve this special time for Christmas Eve, although it sounds like a wonderful way to spend family time together. Choose one evening a week, or once a month, to have a special reading time. Any time when your family gathers, find some time to read together. Make it a special time, and give the gift that lasts forever; give a book for a gift.
Resources: Find ideas related to this article. Here is a good way to promote family reading. For a list of used bookstores and their specialty areas, this is a useful article.
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