Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ideas for your gift list

Some people, you know. And some people — like the name you just drew in your family's Christmas gift exchange — you don't see that often and have no idea what they like. This year's annual round-up of Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday deals includes books, genealogy, and my secret weapon for folks who aren't into books and genealogy.

Used, New and Hard-to-Find Books

Tannery Books is now online. I closed the bricks-and-mortar bookshop in July, then spent October verifying everything in inventory. To celebrate, every book is 10% off from now through Monday, Dec. 2.

New History Books

Get 30% off History Press publications if you order from me by 4:00 pm Friday, Nov. 29. Titles include Growing Up in the Piedmont Triad, The Wilmington Shipyard, North Carolina in the Civil War, Remembering Old Jamestown: A Look Back at the Other South, Remembering Randolph County: Tales from the Center of the Tar Heel State, and Wicked High Point. Their titles normally run about $20. Call the bookshop or e-mail me by the deadline: tannerybooks at gmail dot com.

NOOK® eReader — just $39?

Barnes & Noble's Black Friday offer starts on Thanksgiving.

Barnes & NobleYou can get a NOOK Simple Touch or the 7-inch HD tablet for just $39, or get fancier tablets for up to $50 off by clicking the ad.


Family Tree is having a big sale now through Monday. Some exclusions apply: I looked around their website, and it appears that magazine subscriptions and scanners are excluded (you can still buy them through the link), but most books, CDs and DVDs, individual magazine issues, and software are on sale.
Save 50% at Shop Family Tree

DNA Genealogy

If you've followed this blog you know how DNA helped me break through a brick wall with my great-great-grandfather, Thomas Swain Maness. I'm a big fan of Family Tree DNA. Although competitors have started popping up the past year or two, I recommend Family Tree because, as an older company, they have the largest DNA database. What good is it to compare your DNA with a small sampling of other people? Odds are, they won't be the ones you're looking for. 

If you've been thinking about it (or someone on your list has), here's your chance. Family Tree DNA is having their annual sale, good through December 31.

Writers Store

For Writers

The WritersStore Sale Items include marked-down software. They have plenty of writing books, but look under the "Supplies" menu to find cool gifts, from literary action figures to typewriter jewelry. And trust me, "Moleskine" is a happy word to writers. Save 20% now through Monday with the code WSBF13. (This book gives a clue why the blog has been so quiet this month.)

Writers Digest is also having a sale, with lots of great books 50% off through Monday! Again, some exclusions apply (like subscriptions). Items on Sale from Writers Digest Shop.


Other Gifts

Let me share a secret. I love my great-nephews. No, that's not the secret! Finding the right gift can be a challenge. I don't have children and I grew up in an all-girl family. Even if I'd grown up with boys, we're in the digital age now. Toys are different, and I can't afford to buy expensive electronics.

I love Barnes & Noble. I patronize their stores because I don't want bricks-and-mortar bookshops to disappear. But guess what? They sell more than books and they give gift suggestions by age. For example, I click on Toys and Games (just below the search box), then search by age for great, often educational, gifts. You can also search by price.

That cousin you only see once a year? You can click the link below, select Home & Gifts, and send them a cinnamon tea gift set or Godiva chocolates. I use my membership for free express shipping. Now you know my secret! Use code BFRIDAY30 to get 30% off through Friday.

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