Dear Santa, Please Bring Me Print
I don’t ask for much over the holidays as far as gifts go. In reality, I have everything I want—and then some. But if you asked me what sort of holiday gifts I’d love to find beneath our tree this year, here’s a sampling:
1) Printed photobooks of my mini poodle Charlie. No one loves you like your dog. I’d pay good money for a book that includes pictures of Charlie chronicling his (good) life with the Danas.
2) Exquisite holiday cards. Never a fan of e-holiday greetings, I am capable of tackling the postman to get holiday cards all month long. Send me the real McCoy, please. Nothing moves me like letterpress, BTW.
3) Signed books by authors I admire. Novelists such as J. M. Coetzee or Julian Barnes. Industry geniuses like Frank Romano or Dr. Joe Webb. Local columnists like Brian McGrory or Dan Shaughnessy. I want their books to display on my bookshelves. Treasured trophies, every one.
4) Hardbound cookbooks. Last Christmas I was given “Flour” by Joanne Chang. Such fabulous recipes from her Flour Bakery Café in Boston! Holy moly. What could top that one?
5) Gift cards to favorite retailers. Even a $5 coffee card to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts makes me happy. Those little guys get tucked in my wallet untill I’m ready to treat myself. I like giving them, too.
6) Subscriptions to favorite magazines. This one’s harder, since I treat myself to great magazines all year long. But surely there are one or two more I’d love, but hesitate to splurge on. What a great gift!
We’re a pretty “with-it” household, don’t get me wrong. We have Macs galore, including two iPads. Plus, we have one Kindle, three smartphones and digital subscriptions to a variety of publications. Yet nothing takes the place of print completely. I dare you to find one person who wouldn’t love getting a book as a gift.