How-to: Grand Poobah of the Holidays

Once again the holiday gift scramble is upon us. We are making our lists, checking them repeatedly and crossing off the expendables. As you go down your list and decide who gets re-gifted mugs, you may stumble upon those few people you dread shopping for this holiday.

What do you buy the person who has read everything? How do you know that they will actually read your gift? Fear not! I have a list to help satisfy all the worms in your life.

The Nerdy Bookworm
The Lord of the Rings, 50th Anniversary Edition
The Hobbit, hobbit-sized edition
eReader Covers
Out of Print Phone Case
Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

The “I-Never-Have-Time-to-Read” Worm
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
A gift membership to Audible.com
Out of Print Tote Bag

The Well-Read Bookworm
An Ideal Bookshelf print
One of a kind book clutch
Out of Print T-shirt
A gift card to their favorite indie bookstore
Les Miserables scarf

Le Petit Ver
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly
Reading Bean Bag/Pouf
Vintage book illustration blocks
Very Hungry Caterpillar Umbrella

The Adult Reluctant Bookworm
Batman: Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
World War Z by Max Brooks
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D’Art by Christopher Moore
Flight, volume 1 by Kazu Kibuishi
The Walking Dead Compendium One by Robert Kirkman

The Hipster-worm
Out of Print Coasters
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
The Art Book: New Edition by Phaidon Press
Vintage/handmade book ends

After your have purchased all of your little wormies their goods, you have to make sure you wrap them up in pretty little packages. Place them under the tree, on the mantle, or hidden deep in the recesses of your closet which you are guarding like Smaug. Then on Christmas, make your grand entrance as though you are the Grand Poobah of the Holiday Season, confident in the knowledge that your gifts are far superior to the rest of your family.

That's you, the Grand Poobah of Holiday Gift Giving

That’s you, the Grand Poobah of Holiday Gift Giving

Armed with this knowledge, “Operation: Last Minute Holiday Scramble” should be a snap. Your giftees will squeal with delight at the sight of your perfectly picked presents and tales of your legendary gifting skills will be sung for decades to come.

I wish you all the best of luck this holiday season, I know that it can be a stressful time for anyone directly involved in the buying of presents! Remember to breathe, get plenty of sleep and don’t stress too much about the fact that you’re in charge of everyone’s happiness.

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One thought on “How-to: Grand Poobah of the Holidays

  1. Books–my favourite gifts!

    I’ve been searching for innovative gift ideas and came upon your blog.
    In terms of gift-giving, if you need more ideas and want to support local art and deserving charities, I’m a Sydney-based artist and have some innovative gifts in my shop here (www.etsy.com/shop/letsgolescophotos). There are some pieces for families, some for men, some for kids, and quite a few for women too. Plus there’s a special sale happening where any photo can be made into a print for only $20! A portion of all sales is going to charity, as well.

    Good luck with your gift-giving and happy holidays!

    Wishing you the best.

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