Mission Impossible - how to find that perfect birthday present
It is speculated that the tradition of celebrating birthdays began with an all-male Pagan cult, long before the rise of Christianity. Pagan cultures believed they were susceptible to evil spirits, especially during life changes. Since a birthday signifies change, it was important for the birthday person to be surrounded by friends and family bringing positive thoughts and happy wishes to protect them from evil. If gifts were brought, that was considered to be a strong influence for the good.
Today birthdays are celebrated in most cultures with many different rituals and traditions, but gift giving at a birthday is firmly rooted in most of them. It is an expression of friendship, love and gratitude.
Choosing a gift can be a tricky task, whether the birthday boy or girl is 6 or 60, but there is always a book to suit every occasion. And if this book can be tailor-made to the recipient’s taste – with a personal message, and bespoke cover, it will be treasured forever. As Garrison Keillor said ‘A book is a gift you can open again and again’.
The latest Booker Prize winner for Dad? Wolf Hall in red patent leather?
Granny’s favourite Emily Dickinson poems in pale pink lizard with ‘ Love and Kisses’ on the front in gold?
‘Northern Lights’ for a favoured godson in purple leather? His birth date and initials embossed.
A unique personalised book is a creative and thoughtful present and will always be warmly received – mission accomplished.
And don’t forget :
‘There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents… only one for birthday presents, you know’ (Lewis Carroll)