Just in case you have forgotten:
If you are looking for a present for a bookish friend -- or just something to go in the guest room -- you might care to consider the book version of the Grumpy Old Bookman. This features all 130 posts from the first six months or so of the GOB's existence and provides 304 pages of good reading. It is available in paperback format from either Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com -- in either case at a healthy discount.
Also still available, and absolutely FREE, is a 72-page essay entitled On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile. Full details here.