Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Library

December is such a busy month - parties, family dinners, gift wrapping and the dreaded lines to visit Santa. Who has time to visit the library?  Who has time to read?  Well, perhaps a visit to the library is the best thing to ease holiday stress.  Libraries have a number of resources to assist patrons in their holiday rush.

1. Help your patrons find the perfect gift using Consumer Reports.  Check out the 2012 Gift Guide or simply search for a specific item.  Using Consumer Reports can help your patrons make informed shopping decisions and stay on budget.

2. Do you have a patron who is still looking for ideas for that hard to buy for person?  Canadian Business has just the thing in their list of "18 Perfect Gifts."

3. I don't know about you, but I love getting books as gifts - cookbooks, novels, you name it, a book makes a great gift.  If you or your patrons need book ideas there are 970 lists in Bibliocommons that offer up the best books to give as gifts (at the time of writing).

For more gift ideas for book lovers, check out the Globe and Mail's Top 100 books list (I just wish it had cover art; yes, I do judge a book by its cover from time to time).

4. Know someone who wants to make a homemade gift for their co-workers or neighbors?  Check out these books or show them the joys of Pinterest.  Just search for "homemade gifts" or "edible gifts" - Pinterest is highly addictive; you've been warned!

I hope these links will get you on the "nice" list with your patrons this year.  Happy Holidays!

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