For those scratching their heads about what to get the philatelist in your life for a holiday gift, something that's a natural is The 2012 Stamp Yearbook from the USPS.
In a deluxe hardcover presentation are the stories behind the stamps as well as the stamps themselves -- over $40.00 in face value. Of course, if your philatelist doesn't collect U.S. stamps you can still get the book, less the stamps and at a fraction of the price.
To learn more about the stamps and yearbook, the USPS has set up a special website. Visit it by clicking here.