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By Jeff Shelby

Give The People What They Want

Look, you don’t want to be one of those last second holiday shoppers this year. You don’t want to fight the crowds and you don’t want to fight the traffic. You are prepared for the first time in forever to actually get your gift buying done early. Just one problem.

You aren’t sure what to get everyone.

Here are a few helpful suggestions.

Have the moms in your family been talking about these great ideas they’ve had for years now? Well, tell them to put their money where their mouths are and buy them a copy of The Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing by Tamara Monosoff.

The author provides a step by step plan on how to take your idea and make it into reality. And, hopefully, a bunch of money, too.


Grandparents love all things grandparent-ish, so why not provide them with a way to make sure that their stories are preserved for future generations. A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words does just that, inviting them to share their family history, life story and cherished memories in a unique and engaging format.

And let’s not forget about dad. Wanna see him laugh on Christmas morning? Then pick him up a copy of Father Knows Less Or: "Can I Cook My Sister?": One Dad's Quest to Answer His Son's Most Baffling Questions by Wendell Jamieson.

Inspired by Jamieson’s young son’s penchant for badgering him with questions about anything and everything, Jamieson compiled a list of questions from kids (like the one used in the title) and got the real answers from expert adults. Hilarity ensues and giggles are guaranteed.

And finally, for the aspiring writers in the family (there’s one in every family), it would be tough to present them with a more insightful and more inspiring book than How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words, written and compiled by Ray White and Duane Lindsay.

White and Lindsay spent several years gathering stories from authors as to just exactly how they got published. From bestsellers to rookies, writers from a variety of genres share their very different tales as to how they eventually got their name on the cover of a book.

Happy Holidays!

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