Everyone was so lovely when I asked for advice about what to buy for my 12-year-old son for the holidays (we do a little Chanukah and a little Christmas in our family--Chrismukah? With a visit from Chanuklaus?). Thank you, everyone! Now I have a wonderful list that will hold us for the next few gift-giving occasions, at least.
So far I have bought him a copy of Neil Gaiman's latest, The Graveyard Book, and J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition. Yes, that's the standard edition, not the fancy-schmancy, super-expensive collector's edition.
My younger son (age 9) is a little easier to buy for, as I've already been through it with my older one. But he was thrilled to receive HIS OWN copy of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) from his cousin, and never mind that we already have a set of the whole series, because this is HIS OWN copy. I forget that he gets so many hand-me-downs, that even a used book doesn't feel like his own, poor kid.
I am also giving my younger one two books by Kevin Henkes, Sun & Spoon and The Birthday Room, because he liked Words of Stone so much.
I also received a nice present from my husband for my birthday--a Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device. It arrived a little late because it was backordered, but I've had it now for a few weeks. I've hesitated before writing about it, because I wanted to get used to it before I said anything. But I'll tell you what I think a little later...now I've got to go and have some latkes with a little eggnog!