It’s crazy how fast this year has gone. And even crazier how fast Christmas is coming up. If you, like me, are looking for a few last-minute gifts, here are some suggestions:
Beeswax candles from Three Sisters Farms. We buy a pair or two of tapers every year at the end of the summer. When we burn them on those long, cold winter nights, I feel a bit as if we are conjuring back the sun. They are beautiful and have a rich honey scent. (Also, a gift of honey to go along with the candles would not be remiss.)
Soap by Red Antler Apothecary. I’ve become obsessed with their root beer soap. It smells exactly like the drink, and puts me in a good mood whenever I use it. It’s cheerful and happy, and who couldn’t use something like that to start their day?
Books. Of course books make the best gifts! (You were thinking I’d say something else? Come on — this is a writer’s blog.) This year, for your dystopian-obsessed teen, check out The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. First in a trilogy, it’s the smart, fast-paced story of star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of a war. For your middle-schooler, I can’t say enough good things about David Barry’s The Worse Class Trip Ever and The Worst Night Ever. They are hysterically funny and at the same time absolutely gripping. Finally, for the adult thriller junkie, consider Go-Between by Lisa Brackmann. (Admission — this is the sequel to Getaway, which I have not read but have heard very good things about. You are probably better off starting there.) It’s an intelligent and all-too-realistic look at for-profit prisons, drug laws, and politics, with plenty of suspense to keep you turning pages and a tough talking female protagonist who may just have you believing in conspiracy theories by the end of the story.
So there — my gift to you. (That and the picture of the Slobbering Beast. Many, many cookies were involved in the taking of this photo.)