Shopping for slackers

It's two days before Christmas, and I have a lot of experience working in bookstores at this time of year, so I thought I'd put together a quickie gift guide for my favorite kind of customer: the kind who shows up at 4:37 PM on Christmas Eve with $300 and no plan, ready to do 100% of their holiday shopping. These suggestions should all be available on demand at your nearest Barnes and Noble:

For anyone under age 6:

Mo Willems books (get a gift receipt, in case the kid already owns that particular volume, but Willems' Elephant and Piggie series is safe bet for any little kids on your list)

For 7 to 11-year-olds:

Yotsuba&! Vol. 1, by Kiyohiko Azuma

Smile, by Raina Telgemeier

For teens:

One Punch Man Vol. 1, by ONE

Skip Beat: 3-in-1 edition, by Yoshiki Nakamura (because someone in my household quotes the immortal line "If 'sorry' were enough, there would be no need for HELL!" at least once a month)

For a White Elephant gift:

Martyrdom: The Coloring Book, by Hallie Fryd (I kind of want this for myself, actually)

For adults:

Emma: 200th Anniversary Edition, by Jane Austen (for anyone)

Sandman Slim, by Richard Kadrey (for pulp fiction fans)

Envious Casca, by Georgette Heyer (any Heyer mystery will do, really, but this one is about murder at a Christmas gathering!)

For whomever:

Just go to the cafe, buy some Godiva chocolates and/or Harney and Sons tea, and pick up a gift card. Everyone appreciates a gift card, and the added candy/tea will make it seem like you put in actual effort.

Good luck, fellow procrastinators, and happy holidays!
Posted by: Julianka


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