The presents may be wrapped and the stockings hung, but if you’re still looking for a special gift for any young readers in your life (or anyone who loves the sea regardless of age), I must recommend this wonderful book, Buoy, Home At Sea, now available as an e-book. Written in a simple, poetic style, this is a story about home, friendship, the interconnectedness and mystery of life, and of course, the beauty of the sea. (The author Bruce Balan is a member of our family, and has always loved the sea and sailing.) I think this would also be a beautiful story to read to young children.
Tish’s book Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance is back in stock at amazon.com, and is also available in a Kindle edition for very-last-minute gift giving.
Charitable donations made in the recipient’s name are a wonderful idea for those who have sternly warned, “don’t get me anything; I have too much stuff!” With the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia still in dire need of assistance due to the typhoon, I’ll be making additional year-end donations to Doctors Without Borders. Oxfam is another outstanding organization providing relief worldwide and also here in the US. For animal lovers, a gift to the ASPCA or a local humane society, no-kill shelter or rescue organization in their name might be appreciated. This article from the New York Times offers some guidelines and resources to help you donate most effectively.
I know many don’t like the idea of gift cards, but there are some people on our list who prefer them, and they are always well-received by those folks. E-cards can be delivered almost instantly, no need to stand in line at the post office trying to ship overnight.
Are you all set for Christmas, or do you still have loose ends to tie up? Do you have favorite books to give as gifts?
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