Mrs NTaH has the opportunity to castrate me any time she likes. So she will be getting an Xmas present that would probably not be described as 'tightfisted.'
Everyone else's gift will fall into the 'pocket-change' price range. And - to cut down on hassle, I usually pick a book, buy a dozen copies, and dish them out to anyone who buys me something.
This year, Orhan Pamuk's 'Snow' will do. I've started reading it, and -as it happens - it looks OK.
But, comrades, Mr Pamuk deserves our solidarity. An upsurge in sales will send the right message.
So make Orhan Pamuk's 'Snow' your default Xmas present. And if you have a blog, tell everyone else to do the same.