Pratical Guide to Christmas Gift Giving

My friends in real life always say that even if they wanted to give me books as presents, they never know what to get for me. Aside from not knowing what title I would enjoy reading, they also have no clue whether I already have a copy of a particular book. I do keep my Goodreads shelves updated but I don’t think my friends would think of checking that site since they don’t have accounts there. I’ve mentioned several times that I would be happy to receive bookstore or Amazon gift cards but some friends refuse to give gift cards, saying that it’s equivalent to just handing money over (I don’t see why that’s a bad thing when it’s money that would be allocated for buying books). I think for them that takes out the fun in gift giving?

Of course, the best way to get a good gift idea is to just ask me directly. Which is what one of my Singapore-based friends did. One of the days we were out together, I brought her to the bookstore and gave her five books that I wanted. We’re both into graphic novels so those were the ones I gave her. I then asked her to choose a title that she would be interested in borrowing. And viola! She has then bought and given me a gift that we’re both happy with:

Christmas 2015 - Nellie's gift

Yes, I know what’s inside but the bookstore offered to gift wrap it for free so it’s nicely covered until I read it. I’m going to suggest this practical gift buying procedure to any friend who wants to buy books for me. 🙂 What do you guys think, do you agree that it’s a good idea? Do you have any other tips regarding this topic?

Bookish Christmas Display

I know, I know. I’ve already posted several Christmas pictures on the blog but I’ve been wanting to take shots of this bookish Christmas display in Trinoma, one of the malls here in Manila. I didn’t get a chance to do it until today (using my friend’s camera phone). 😛 Look, it’s a giant bookshelf:

Chachic included for scale:

A closer look at the open book, it even has text inside:

And here’s Santa’s library (Chachic included again for scale and didn’t get to take a picture of just the display):

I have no idea why they decided to put up a bookish Christmas display but it looks pretty, right? I think bookworms from all over the metro will be tempted to have pictures taken with that as the background.