I love giving books as gifts, but every once in a while I'll find a combination book/toy gift that is a real winner; for example, a set of pentominoes with Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett (Jazz and I have loved all three of her books that have been published so far and are anxiously awaiting a new one from her).
Here is my latest favorite combo, and it was a big hit with JaneG. just last week:
The gift was Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Douglas Toys' red dragon. JaneG. will sit with both book and dragon in her lap and is currently devouring the story.