Since we've changed schools, we been receiving more birthday invitations to what I would consider "high end" birthday parties. Maple Bear tends to attract a certain population, and that population likes to celebrate in a certain way. Gone are the days of the homemade birthday presents that were made at the old artsy-fartsy school. Along with birthday party invitations, comes the need to buy birthday presents. The birthday presents that I wisely bought at Christmas on clearance have LONG run out, and for the past few months I've been resorting to buying presents at the local book store or mall. And paying W A Y too much.
But then someone posted a link on the BH Gringo Network for the Book Depository. The thing that got me was that they have things on sale, and FREE SHIPPING WORLD WIDE! Within minutes I had put USD$70 of books that could be given as presents (Klutz books, sticker books, board books). I ordered on June 5th, and on July 3rd I had received ALL of the 8 books I ordered. They pretty much ship everything individually, and it is mailed Media, so it takes longer. So it came out to USD$8.75 per book, or about R$20. Not only is the price right, but I got some unique, good gifts, as opposed to cheaply made yet expensive imports. Hooray!