This post came into being due to a catalog that landed in the mailbox of my friend, Jan. She was delighted by the offerings in it, and knew I would be, too. Picture books with accompanying soft-toy animals? Lead me to them!
I rushed to the website. I had a marvelous time.
Oooooh! A stuffed Humpty Dumpty (who would never need the assistance of the king’s horses nor the king’s men, stuffies are like that, although perhaps a needle and thread might come in handy on occasion) … a stuffed excavator with a copy of Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site? A stuffed excavator? Polar bears with their own book? Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama with a Little Llama? Parent and baby PENGUIN?
After looking at practically every wonderful thing the website had to offer, I started thinking about the annual puzzle of gift-giving.
Sometimes, we have to admit, it’s difficult to think of something unique to give a friend or family member. We wrack our brains for an idea. We ask veiled or blunt questions. We hope for a more specific answer than, “Oh any little thing will be fine.”
If you have friends or family who are writers, musicians, actors, or have an interest in those worlds, you’ll find some links below that may give you some ideas. Either that, or they’ll give you ideas for additions to your own letter to the Benevolent Gift-Bestowing Being of your choice.