It’s not surprising that I think books make great gifts, though I am an impossible person to buy books for. That makes the upcoming Downtown Holiday Book Fair on December 12 from 11-2 a must-attend.

A slew of local publishers will be in front of 24-Hour Fitness and Territorial Savings at the corner of King and Bishop Streets in Downtown Honolulu so that you can shop direct from their latest and greatest titles.

Look for Watermark Publishing (publisher of Don’t Look Back), Bamboo Ridge Press, University of Hawai‘i Press, Bess Press, Kamehameha Publishing, Island Paradise Publishing, Slate Ridge Press, and Belknap Publishing.

Publishers’ most popular titles, special gift items and great deals will be on offer. Come on down!

I love these quotes about why books make great gifts, so you don’t have to take my word for it:

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside them, and it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” –Neil Gaiman

Books make great gifts because… [they don’t] come in any particular size, so you don’t have to be embarrassed if you bought somebody the wrong size.” –Valerie Bertinelli

Books make great gifts because they’re something you love that you can share.” –John Lithgow

[Books are] the most fun you can have for under $25. You and your significant other can’t go to a movie and buy popcorn and have that much fun!” –Al Roker

Books make great gifts because you don’t have to plug them in.” –Alec Baldwin