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Holiday Fun: Books as Gifts Part 1 Soulless

The book basket!

This is an idea shamelessly taken out of the Romance Community, but it is such a good idea! I can't help myself. I recently parroted on about it on the SF Signal podcast and have decided to do a few companion blogs on the subject.

If you have a friend/loved one who is a voracious reader why not consider a signed copy of a book from an author you know they love, accompanied by a basket of items themed to that book? My local indy Borderlands has many signed books available. Give them a call or try your own local establishment (like Murder by the Book, Tattered Cover, Powells, Book People, or Mysterious Galaxy). They will usually have authors in town drop by and sign stock.

Anyway, so here's the idea: once you have the book, signed or not, then build a basket of fun around that book.

For example: the Parasol Protectorate books
1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that's the last time I'll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from the local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

Soulless Tea Party themed (can use Soulless, Soulless: The Manga Vol. 1, or the Parasol Protectorate boxed set)
I have lots of additional ideas and food thoughts in my blog post on How to Throw a Parasol Protectorate tea.

Next up in this blog I'll do a fantasy book basket idea for Changeless but in the meantime I'm interested in your thoughts. Anything you've run across that would fit with this theme? Suggestions for good recipes? Other books that might work with this basket?

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PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Working first draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 a #1 New York Times bestseller in the Graphic Novel List!

Quote of the Day:
"Cakes and bonbons suitable for tennis parties are legion, and, as a rule the one thing to be observed in selecting them is to avoid stickiness or surprises."
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

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Hmm - a proper British Afternoon Tea should have either good fruit cake or a fruit loaf. (Fruit cake would not be buttered, fruit loaf would.)

I've just made some fruit loaf flavoured with Earl Grey Tea from a Mary Berry recipe - it looks rather like



And well wrapped a fruit loaf improves over a few days so would go nicely in a gift hamper. (Which is an excellent idea, by the way! I wonder if I could get a signed copy here in the UK of Soulless? Such a basket would be a nice gift for my daughter...)

Edited at 2012-12-05 11:18 pm (UTC)

Additional ideas

A gift card to a local independent bookstore (because when they're done with the first book, they'll want the second right away)!
I also think Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches would be a good comp title!
Tea cup ornament
Tea bag caddy
Companion book about the history of tea or afternoon tea
Pretty tea cup-themed notepad or journal
So cool! For the shopping options alone, I often wish I lived in the States. Happy holiday prepping! Work will keep me from most this year (sniff), so I hope you guys here can have all the fun it can come with! <3
That hippo table is fabulous!