Monday, December 14, 2009

Tips for Holiday Shopping

Dear Book Fans,
It's time for holiday shopping! (Duh.) Okay, maybe I'm a little behind, but I'm sure I'm not the only procrastinator out there. This year, make Old Firehouse Books your one-stop Christmas shopping experience!

"What?!" You're probably remarking to yourself as you read. "Only buy books for Christmas?! OUTRAGEOUS!" How dare I even suggest it! But yes, you can do it! I double-dog dare you. Even those loved ones who aren't so crazy about reading can be wooed this year by your amazing book-choosing skills. After all, a scented candle never changed anyone's life.

The following are a few tips I've compiled for finding the perfect book for everyone on your list. I've been inspired by my mother for this one, who will never let a year pass without giving everyone at least one book. It can be done! Here's how.

How to Buy a Book for the Non-Reader:
-If you have access to this person's room, whether they are a family member or a close friend, start snooping. Don't be too invasive here, just scan the room for any book at all. Most people will have one or two lying around. This is a great place to start.
-Pay attention in conversation. Maybe name drop a book you've read recently and judge their reaction. They might even mention a few of their own favorites from the past.
-Try to stick with a familiar author. If you find a book in their room, or they mention someone in conversation, stick with them.
-If they've already read that author's collection, or if the other books don't look quite as appealing, don't be afraid to ask for help! We at Old Firehouse Books are not short of suggestions, in fact for most of us that's the best part of the job. If you can give us one author's name, we can usually find someone else that they're going to love.
-In case everything above fails, there are a few sure steps you can take. Depending on the age and interests of your subject, a comedy (like David Sedaris' Naked) or adventure (like Denis Lehane's Shutter Island) is a good call. A lot of people will be drawn in by books made into movies, and graphic novels as well.

Don't be afraid! We are here to help you find that perfect book for that special person, whether or not they even know they want it! Now go buy a book!

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