Everything I said last year stands.
Don't forget, you can always make a gift to charity in someone else's name. Here's some book related options:
Inside Books: Fight recidivism by providing Texas inmates with free books (Spanish textbooks are always in demand.)
Leave a Mark, run by The Page Flipper and Lauren: Buy a unique, marked up book to help First Book, or make a direct donation
Book Angel Michelle: Help a community build its first library (Details on where to send the books here, as well as details on the prizes offered by the awesome bloggers helping Michelle)
Book Wish Foundation: For two dollars, you can help build a library in a refugee camp
Now for book suggestions!
(Note: I haven't read most of these. They're things that I would find fun as a gift, and don't think are common enough that someone would already own a copy.)
HOW TO SEW A BUTTON: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried
I can sew a button (who can't?), but this book promises the secret to folding a fitted sheet perfectly. I would kill for my fitted sheets to not look like they were folded by a blind amputee.
BEST FOOD WRITING 2008 edited by Holly Hughes
I have a thing for food porn. Don't judge me.
WHO SHOT ROCK AND ROLL: A Photographic History, 1955-Present by Gail Buckland
Photography, music, and sociology. This book looks to be both beautiful and thought-provoking.
TOKYO VICE: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein
Satisfying a love of East Asia and gangster stories in one fell swoop.
SHAKESPEARE AND MODERN CULTURE by Marjorie Garber
Doesn't the title say it all? Pop culture and one of the greats, two irresistable passions. (Like TOKYO VICE!)
MUSE AND REVERIE by Charles de Lint
Tired of formulaic urban fantasy? One of the fathers of the genre, de Lint once more writes stories set in the town of Newford. I'm sure his writing is as gorgeous as always.
OTOMEN by Aya Kanno
I've read this series, but don't own it. I love the way Kanno plays with gender. (Plus the art is cute.)
DEVIL'S KISS by Sarwat Chadda
Horror story with elements of paranormal romance for YA readers? Sounds awesome.
Of course, I'd also pick and choose from anything I reviewed favorably.