Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nine Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Nine Gift Ideas for the Holidays


Have you been naughty or nice this year? Have you started your holiday wishlist? If not, you'd better hurry. After all, holidays are just around the corner. And if you need help with your wishlist ideas, here are a few:


1. If you love books, check out JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY  of AIDS, by yours truly with photographs by award winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston. JOURNEYS is available on Kindle and Smashwords at a discounted price of $0.99 throughout the month of December.

Cover for the Kindle First edition of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography by Alina Oswald, with photographs by Kurt Weston
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS by Alina Oswald, Photographs by Kurt Weston

2. If you enjoy story collections, check out real stories by everyday people told "Along the Way" in Sketch People, by award winning author T.J. Banks.

Sketch People: Stories Along the Way, by award winning author T.J. Banks. Cover designed by Alina Oswald.

3. If you prefer photo-books, check out BACKBONE, a collection of images praising the unsung heroes. Don't forget to use code GIVE10 for $10 OFF your purchase.

Cover of Backbone, a photography collection praising unsung LGBT and AIDS heroes, by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
BACKBONE a photography collection by Alina Oswald


4.  If poetry is your thing, especially poetry and photography, then you may wanna check out The Awakening..., a poetic visualization of the darker side of life. Again, don't forget to use the coupon code GIVE10, for $10 OFF your purchase.

Cover for The Awakening... a collection of poetry and photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
The Awakening... a poetry and photography collection by Alina Oswald






5. While we find ourselves delving into the darker side of life... for the vampire fans and enthusiasts out there, check out Vampire Fantasies, a collection of vampire photography focusing on the myths and beliefs surrounding the Undead.  As mentioned above, don't forget the coupon. Use GIVE10 for $10 OFF your purchase.

Vampire Fantasies, a photography collection capturing vampire myths and beliefs, by Alina Oswald

 
6. Are you a fiction lover who never has enough of impossible-to-put-down novels? Then check out books by these authors:

* award winning author of Well With My Soul and Patchwork of Me, Gregory G. Allen 

* award winning author of Songs of the New Depression, Kergan Edwards-Stout 

* New York City author of, among others, On Picking Fruit, Fruit Cocktail, Birthday Pie and the new fictional memoir Dizzy, Arthur Wooten  

* Carey Parrish, author of Big Business

* David G. Hallman, author of August Farewell and Searching for Gilead


7. While most of us don't use paper notebooks too often these days, some may still consider an actual notebook a more "traditional" gift for the holidays. Therefore, if you want more of a traditional notebook gift with images of a unique place (and learn at least a few words in German, while at it, if you feel like), check out Sylt: Stairway to Heaven, a notebook with images from the German island of Sylt. Don't forget to use coupon GIVE10 for $10 OFF your purchase!






Cover for Sylt: Stairway to Heaven. A Notebook with images from Sylt, Germany, by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Sylt: Stairway to Heaven. A Notebook with images from Sylt, Germany, by Alina Oswald



8. If you'd like to check out photography gifts, stop by Alina Arts store, browse the galleries and choose images available as prints, metal prints or canvases, and more. Below are only a few of the images you may find at Alina Arts, to decorate your or your friends' homes. Here are a few examples of my Hawaii pictures, including Hawaii sunset images, Hawaii lava images, and other pictures of Hawaii.

Sailboat Silhouetted by Maui Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hawaii Photography: Sailboat Silhouetted by Maui Sunset. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Hawaii image of tourists horseback riding at the bottom of Haleakala Volcano, a dormant volcano the size of Manhattan island, located on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Haleakala rises 10k feet above the sea level. Haleakala crater is giant, hosting several smaller, also dormant, craters. The area is known as Haleakala National Park, a must-see while in Maui!

Earth Shapes: Horseback Riding at the Bottom of Dormant Haleakala Volcano. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hawaii Images: Earth Shapes--Horseback Riding at the Bottom of Dormant Haleakala Volcano. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Here is an example of Hawaii aerial lava photography of lava fields and live lava flow reaching the ocean. I took this Hawaii lava aerial image from an open-door helicopter.

Fire & Ice: When Lava Meets the Ocean. Aerial Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hawaii Images: Fire & Ice--When Lava Meets the Ocean. Aerial Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


9. How about a magazine subscription, say for A&U Magazine , as a gift? You'd support a good cause (that is, spreading the word about HIV/AIDS and, with that, supporting the fight towards against the pandemic and for an AIDS-free generation). Or buy a calendar (another one of those more 'traditional' gifts) to support animal rights? Or adopt a pet? Or... There are plenty of possibilities out there.

Hope this possible wish-list will help jump-started your own holiday lists. Happy shopping! And, as always, thanks for stopping by.


Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS












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