For the purposes of this gift guide there are two kinds of people in the world: those who have read Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and those who have not. If you’re a literary freak of nature like P* — who named our cat after the esteemed author — kudos to you. He’s sending you a virtual high-five (P, not Dickens) since everybody else around you resents your superiority.
However, if like me your primary references for ye olde England come in cartoon form (South Park does the best abridged version of this story EVER) then here’s your ticket to the style-and-substance big leagues: simply tell the bright shining brainiac in your life that you couldn’t possibly carry this brilliant Kate Spade clutch without having read the book (which naturally you’ll do, if you’re given the clutch). See how nicely that works out?
If you’re the giver in this scenario, trust that you’re doing good not only in educating your loved one but also in purchasing this very pretty Penguin Classics (RED) edition, which donates a full HALF of its profits to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. You get to look smart, feel good, and give greatness all in one fell swoop. Pretty awesome, right? (Oh yeah, and it actually is quite an enjoyable read. Or so I’m told.
*Seriously, the man hasn’t read Harry Potter. What’s up with that???