Sailaja Joshi, founder of Bharat Babies,
a publishing house that specializes in children's books about Indian heritage, has a message for gift-givers: "Listen to parents' requests! It's frustrating when I say "No X" and still end up with tons of it!" Her thoughtful gift guide will please kids and parents alike, and focuses on small makers, diversity and, you guessed it, reading! Even though Sailaja's family is Hindu, they celebrate the holidays by getting a tree each year. What is she hoping to find under its branches? Perhaps some beautiful Mala beads, which are used for meditation, prayer and living a mindful life, and have been worn by yogis and spiritual seekers for centuries.