I know I am preaching to the choir on this one, but I have to plug independent booksellers for your holiday shopping. Yes, I do order books from Amazon from time to time, but I try to order through my local shops, and I am happy to live in an area that has quite a few.
The Book Shoppe in Medina is excellent. Sue Phillips has hosted several book signings for me and other authors in the area. http://thebookshoppe.orleanslife.info/.
Kim and Kathleen at Monkey See, Monkey Do in Clarence, NY have done an amazing job bringing authors into the store and connecting books with young readers. They are always coming up with new ways to create traffic with art lessons, book clubs and other classes. http://www.monkeysread.com.
B is for Books in Orchard Park is another great gathering place. Its wide open spaces makes it perfect for Book themed birthday parties. http://bis4books.com/.
And the Lift Bridge Book Shop in Brockport, NY has been a thriving indy store for many years. http://liftbridgebooks.com.
Check them all out online and then find an independent bookstore near you. Make it a holiday tradition throughout the year.