Okay, so I am a little behind, and Black Friday is almost over. [Edit: I'm clicking through on Saturday and still finding the deals active.] But geez! I'd think TWO adults with five children would be easier than ONE adult with five children, but actually it is not turning out to be. We did get the tree up, though, and decorated (with children's help, so it was an Excedrin Afternoon), and I put lights on a tree outside, and also I ate a lot of leftover pumpkin cheesecake, so I guess it was a productive day after all.
I like to give books as gifts for many reasons. Actually, I'm not going to waste time talking about those reasons, I'm just going to list some of the books that look like good gifts from the Amazon.com sale. Get $25 or more of them and the shipping is free.
Castle, $8 down from $20. We have this ourselves, and I also have one on the gift shelf for the next birthday party one of the kids gets invited to. It's an AMAZING pop-up book: I'm not even interested in knights and castles but I've looked through it several times.
The Mitford Bedside Companion, $11 down from $27. My mom says she finds the Mitford books very soothing---good, happy, mild reading. I might get this for my mother-in-law, since she likes that kind of book.
America at Home, $16 down from $40. Photography books make great gifts, and they're fun to pass around during awkward family gatherings. Keeps the conversation going. This one looks like the heart-warming kind you could give to ANYONE.
New York Vertigo, $16 down from $40, an EDGIER coffee table book than America at Home. Apparently this one will make you dizzy: the description says the photographer "scaled walls and scoured rooftops"---or something like that, I've lost the page and don't feel like double-checking.
Return to Fairyopolis, $8 down from $20. Ooooooooooooo, I want this myself. (If the child you're buying it for hasn't read Fairyopolis, you can get it for $13.50, so that's both books for close to $20.)
The Annotated Secret Garden, $14 down from $35. This would be great for anyone who loved The Secret Garden as a child. Paul has The Annotated Alice (same idea, but for Alice in Wonderland) and it's a beautiful gift-book-looking book.
Pirateology: Guidebook and Model Set, $7 down from $18. I wish my kids would get into these "ology" books, because they really appeal to me.
These deals are just for today, it looks like, so if you miss them---well, that's what you get for spending QUALITY TIME with your FAMILY. [Edit: The deals are still working today, Saturday, in the morning.]
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