If you're still wondering what to buy for the last few people on your Christmas list, why not go online or visit your local bookstore and browse paperback anthologies. A selection of short pieces makes a great gift, something to dip into and savour long after the wrapping paper has gone in the bin. Unlike novels, anthologies offer a variety of viewpoints to surprise and satisfy the reader. Whatever a person's interests, there will be a collection to match. For example, as a writer, I have contributed this year to anthologies about cats, railways and do-it yourself.
Go treat yourself.