I almost always prefer to get books for Christmas than other fall-back gifts (tacky sweaters, socks, ties). But buying books can be a tricky proposition. Giving Michael Crichton or Dan Brown to your Alice Munro loving aunt might get you taken off her Christmas card list.
To avoid this unpleasant fate, check out the Advent Book Blog. Julie Wilson and Sean Cranbury have asked some of their favourite bloggers and literary people for book recommendations. The list is pretty eclectic, everything from poetry and graphic novels to a history of money.
Enjoy and remember to support your local indie bookseller.