The Best of 2011

If you see this limited edition rickshaw around town, it is likely some fabulous person checked it off on my list, Ho! Ho! Ho! (Those who know me would get a big kick out of this).

If your gift-giving tend to be more sensible and yet thoughtful, you could get some great ideas from the New York Times Gift Guides, regardless of your budget.

I particularly rely on the The New York Times 100 Notable Books of the year for the bookish ones on my list.

For the visual readers young and old, you cannot go wrong with any of the Best Illustrated Books. Or perhaps one of the 65 Best Books of 2011, chosen by School Library Journal from the more than 6000 books reviewed this year might bring a smile and a big hug?

Impeccable in their selections, the editors of the Library Journal have a few suggestions to share as well, especially for the nonfiction readers on your list. Don't miss the Librarian's Best, and the Best Genre Fiction of the year.

Ah! What about those hard-to-please teenagers? Try LJ's Best Graphic Novels and Best YA literature that might even please the sophisticated ones among them.

Kirkus Reviews - The World's Toughest Book Critics, picked their 2011 Best Fiction, Best Nonfiction, Best Books for Teens, and Best Books for Children. Close to my heart are the Best Debut Fiction.

Worth mentioning is Epicurious' pick of the Best Cookbooks for the foodies and cooks in your life.

Those poor guys deserve a break from the usual sweater, gloves and ties, why not let Esquire Magazine do the thinking for you? You can always blame them!