While some people might cringe at receiving a book for a gift, those of us who are book lovers find little better than just that. A personal and uniquely selected book can be a perfect gift, and its individuality shows the receiver just how much you are thinking about him or her.

For us book lovers, there is nothing quite like perusing the shelves of the local book store, opening new bindings and peeking at the pages as a way to select the perfect present. Sadly, not everyone has the ability to gift with such leisure.

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