St. Louis, Missouri (NAPSI) - The next time you give a gift, it can be easier than you may think if you heed these hints on buying books and presenting presents:

• For the gardener in your life, there's "Gardening Shortcuts," a rescue remedy with the advice needed to create a great garden and still have time to sit on the patio. It offers practical gardening know-how on creating a showcase border or a patio of perfect pots. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with a small rose bush.

• For the basics of kitchen gardening, there's "Fruit and Vegetable Gardening." Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with gardening tools and seeds.

• A gift that's truly memorable is a copy of "Max Your Memory," the first visually led, memory-improving program fully illustrated with infographics. Accessible and nonacademic, the book has exercises, strategies, tips and techniques to sharpen memory skills. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with a set of colored pencils.

• For home bakers, there are "Step-by-Step Cakes" and "Step-by-Step Bread." They take publisher DK's signature photographic approach a step further, presenting all 120 recipes in step-by-step sequences, with every stage photographed in full color. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap one or both with a set of bakeware.

• Music to their ears may be hearing you've gotten them "The Complete Classical Music Guide," featuring every aspect of Western classical music, from chanting monks to the bold exponents of minimalism. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with sheet music.

• For do-it-yourselfers, there's "Step-by-Step Home Design and Decorating" with everything needed to give a home a complete makeover. Gift Giver Tip: Wrap it with a gift card to the hardware store.