This is a really nuts gift! Bacon Brittle is an outrageous mix of peanut brittle, bacon and tasty pecans. The candies come in two sizes, a half-pound bag ($14.95) and a full-pound bag ($21.95) for real piggies.
Unleash the inner spy in your child with a selection of spy toys that would make James Bond's gadget man "Q" green with envy. The great thing about these toys is that girls love them as much as boys. Night Goggles, $19.95; Spy Video ATV-360, $129.95.
Roberto Bolano's 2666
Don't be the last to read Bolano's novel 2666. The Chilean author and poet died at age 50 in 2003, just after he finished the book that critics now rave about. The huge epic novel has just been translated into English. It shows the horrors of twentieth-century life through a series of serial murders set on the border of the United States and Mexico. $30 from Powell's and other bookstores.