Saturday, October 18, 2008

Check Out GiftLit!

Recently, I learned about a wonderful new website called GiftLit. GiftLit is an online retailer of monthly gifts of books sold in 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions for children, teens, adults and families. The books are chosen by a unique advisory board of literary experts and are grouped into convenient collections by recipient (e.g. women, men, couples), by interest (e.g. history, fantasy, food & wine), and by age (for children’s books). Subscriptions can be customized by the purchaser or the recipient. I don't know why somebody didn't think of this sooner! I received a 3-month subscription of Favorites for Women, and I absolutely love it!

A few days ago, I got a notification that that I would receiving a gift of three months of books beginning in October. I also received a set of customized bookplates that I can affix to each monthly book. A few days later, my first book arrived -- THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY. It came wrapped up as a beautiful red package with a large white ribbon around it. I couldn't wait to open it!

I am so excited that I will receive two more books in the next two months. The initial card I received doesn't mention the names of the books, so these books could come as a surprise to the recipient. Or, he/she has the option to enter their gift code and see what other books are scheduled to come. Since I didn't really want to receive the November selection, I was able to enter my gift code and select any other book GiftLit offered! Either the gift-giver or the recipient has the ability to change the selections -- I think that feature is just awesome.

Another great thing about GiftLit is that they also give back to organizations that foster a love of reading. Through their Program, they donate a portion of their revenue to schools, libraries and organizations that promote literacy. Here's how the program works:
· Any qualified library, school, or organization that promotes reading can sign up to participate
· Each GiftLit Partner is will be given a partner code to track designated purchases.
· Partners receive GiftLit brochures printed with their partner code for distribution within their community. Brochures explain how customers can designate their purchase by entering the partner code during checkout.
· Partners earn up to 15 percent on qualifying revenue for purchases tagged with their partner code.
· GiftLit sends quarterly payments to partners.

As the holidays approach, I think GiftLit is a perfect gift for anyone on your gift list -- grandparents, parents, friends, babysitters, kids, etc. GiftLit can even work with you to build a corporate gift program that meets your specific needs. I know I love to give the gift of books, but I'm sometimes afraid of buying books that they've either already read or have no interest in. GiftLit takes all of that into account -- they really have thought of everything! Books make a wonderful gift, and I know I was thrilled to receive a beautifully wrapped book this week. Take a look at GiftLit -- I'm pretty sure that you will be as impressed as I am!


Dawn said...

Brilliant idea! I know several people this would be ideal for; I'm off to thoroughly investigate the web site ... thanks for the tip.

Ti said...

This is totally awesome. Right on time for the holidays.

Elizabeth said...

This is such a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Think it's going to help me cross a few people off the list already!!

Alyce said...

That is a great idea. For years I would tell my family that I wanted books for gifts but they didn't believe me.

I just finished The Guernsey book today and it was awesome! I hope you enjoy it.

Kristen said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! This was exactly what I needed for two people on my Christmas list! Huge help... :)