A few weeks ago I found a bunch of old encyclopedias at a garage sale for twenty-five cents each. Not knowing what to do with them all, I picked one out of the bunch that interested me the most (you know, fun topics and good imagery).
When I went to pay, the woman asked me if I wanted the rest of the set. When I replied, telling her I wasn't sure what I would do with them all, she was quite baffled and asked what I planned on doing with the book. My mixed media artwork reply didn't seem to make sense either. For a minute there, I didn't think she was going to let me have the book. I think we both tossed it up to, two generations with two very different uses for old books.
These make great, quick, simple and customizable gifts, especially if you're in a pinch.