Gift-giving season is here again. If this announcement inspires frustration, oppressive obligation, or sheer panic, there is help. The Perfect Present: The Ultimate Gift Guide for Every Occasion (Crown, $16, 0609601318) takes the work out of giving, and hopefully, puts some joy into it. The author, a consumer advocate and Super Shopper, shifts our focus from duty to creativity, fun, and meaningfulness. A carefully considered, heartfelt gift, she reminds us, matches the unique combination of giver, receiver, and occasion. The quick, creative, tried-and-true suggestions are here for the taking in a helpful guide that's a gift in itself.

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