J.Crew Books compiles a hilarious list of missed gifts and mis-giftsI am not sure if I would get J.Crew's What I Didn't Get for Christmas Book (Item 25472; $20.00, now $9.99). According to J.Crew:
By Adam Tschorn
December 31, 2009
It's the last day of 2009, and I'm sitting here in the Image section cubicle farm laughing to myself, thanks to the book "What I Didn't Get for Christmas."
It's the second title to come out of apparel retailer J.Crew's foray into the field of publishing, and it ended up on my desk after I called the company to find out more information about its first book -- a hilarious (though unfortunately not currently available) tome titled "What a Man Should Know" by Max Blagg.
By Partners & Spade (a team that includes Andy Spade, founder of the Jack Spade line of men's utility Rage_Xmas bags and accessories), it sounds like an odd, and slightly depressing idea for a book -- anecdotes about memorable holiday presents that never were (or horribly ill-received gifts that were under the tree), by random people you've mostly never heard of before.
There's one missed gift/mis-gift per page, and none are more than a few paragraphs long. Each is accompanied by a crudely drawn Hugo Guinness illustration on the facing page. Some of the laugh-out-loud recollections involved a balance beam (clad in her gymnastic shoes, Amanda Brooks took the wraps off a ... grand piano), a G.I. Joe Mobile Support Vehicle, and the gift of wrong jeans ("to say what kind they were would damn them unfairly," writes Jeff Kling).
It might be kind of a downer to find in your stocking on Christmas morning, but since it's currently on sale at J.Crew's website for $9.99 (down from $20), it's worth salting away to throw out on the coffee table next year. With any luck,it will serve as a conversation starter for your own friends' tales of Christmas gifting gone awry.
Give laughter. The second book in a series sold exclusively by J.Crew, What I Didn't Get for Christmas tells the stories of love, loss and what was never meant to be on Christmas morning (was it Santa, Mom or Dad who didn't get the message?). A collaboration with Partners & Spade and illustrated by Hugo Guinness, it's the perfect stocking stuffer or "oh, you shouldn't have but I'm glad you did" gift to give and get. One size.Although I find the topics interesting, I am certain that if I gave this book to my husband, he would not read it. Lastly, since the book is part of a "series", should we be expecting J.Crew to create additional volumes or is this just a two-book series? ;)
What are your thoughts about this book? Do you think it is a smart move on J.Crew's part to offer this? Do you think you will purchase this book?