We are here to talk (briefly) about gifts. Yes, it's too late for that. But bear with me.
So my new relaxed strategy? If you see something that looks right for someone, just buy it and be done with it—no "I'll look around and see if I can find something better." No "maybe I can find an even more perfect version of this if I…" Just no: you buy it.
And if you don't find something that looks right? Buy a close approximation. Also? Go to only small nice stores where people won't be mean to you. Go to BookCourt or Community Bookstore if you live in Brooklyn, and you will be soothed by the pleasant book-filled atmosphere, and be able to buy something for every single person you care about. Don't go to more than two stores in one day. Bring a nice, decisive small person with you (thanks, Chestnut!) so they can just tell you: Yes, buy that.
I know all this would have been more helpful more like, hmm, a week ago? But then I wouldn't have been able to tell you this last part. If you know a very particular type of person, a person who has a dark sense of humor, a person who appreciates an evil grin, a person who loves cats, and you want to make that person scream with happiness? And you want that not to be an expression, but an actual out-loud scream of happiness? Buy them this:
Note: I did not buy this book for Diana. Our neighbor did. There was a whole lot of happy screaming. Then just hours of happy raptness interrupted by sporadic reading aloud, or should I say proclaiming? At any rate: I think I can say we recommend it.