Make your suggestions! Or hey, write your own top 5 lists! It's fun, and the more people do it, the more fun we all have. Since I'm the reading type, I'm going to concentrate on stories. I'll try to cover the full range of pairings, in an attempt to represent the goodness of Giles fandom. But maybe you know way more than I do about a particular pairing, or about the best icons.
If I'd had my act together, I'd have a list or three made already. Bah. I am lazy.
Five things from summer_of_giles
For the months of June and July, summer_of_giles gave us a new Giles thing, every day. Here are five of my favorite things people made for this community:
twilightofmagic: Dancing in the Dark - Giles/Ethan, FRAO
Giles and Ethan and magic, teetering on the edge of control, when it was still good.
savoytruffle: Scar Tissue - Giles/Xander
Xander is staying with Giles, but not all is right with him. Giles is patient.
kindkit: Flight - genfic, FRC
Giles, en route to Sunnydale, getting his papers in order.
cheesygirl: 17 icons of Giles
Includes the fabulous "Rupertus Domesticus"!
snowdrifted: 121 icons of Giles
From "Welcome to the Hellmouth" to "Chosen", the changing face of our favorite Watcher.
Links broken, so I can't rec... alas
comedy42: Turning Triptych, part I, part II, part III - Giles/Spike, FRAO
Giles awakes as a vampire, with his Slayer dead.
Five Giles Ficathons in 2006
The Giles H/C ficathon, organized by headrush100
Thirteen stories in the mode of everybody's favorite fic kink. Some excellent writers contributed strong stories to this one.
maleslashminis Round 2: Giles, organized by mireille719 & soft_princess
Seventeen Giles stories, in a variety of slash pairings.
watcherlove's Third Annual Ficathon, organized by lostgirlslair
All Giles/Wesley, all the time. Small but high quality.
The gilesxander No One Knows Ficathon, organized by soft_princess
Twelve stories about the G-man and the Xan-man.
The 2006 Drunken!Giles Ficathon, organized by lostgirlslair
Eight *hic* stories about drinking and Giles, in a variety of pairings.
Five great Giles stories
heron_pose: The Psycho Killer Librarian and the Geek Girl of Doom, Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation - genfic, FRT
Late fees. Replacement fees. And retribution.
kivrin: "When They Take You In" - genfic, FRT
After the Eyghon debacle, Rupert and his parents pick up the pieces.
ljs: Hugh Grant explains it all for you, parts one, two, three, four of 4 - Giles/Anya, FRM
A romantic comedy about a stammering Englishman and a simple shopkeeper.
speakingsilence: The Definition of a Watcher - Giles/Wesley, FRAO
Giles offers a kind of consolation to Wesley, before he returns to his fate.
shitsu_tonka: The Dark and Sinister Man - parts one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven - Giles/Buffy, FRM
A retelling of "A New Man". Ethan Rayne chooses something rather different to turn Giles into. A delicious exercise in the style of a famous writer, whose identity will become clear to you as you read.
Five works in progress
Here are five of my favorite Giles stories in progress. All of these were either started or moved along in 2006. As with all WIPs, feed the authors to get more! Let them know how much you appreciate their work.
heron_pose: Gethsemane - Giles/Anya, FRM
part 1 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10a, 10b, 11, 12
In ljs's Deep Ellum-verse, Giles and Anya are involved in yet another demonic mess, and figuring out what's going on is never easy. Or easy on the brave people who risk their lives to do what's right. Read this story for the music, and the spectacular Anya voice. Almost complete.
penwiper26: Home Repairs prologue - Giles/OFC, FRM
This is the latest story in a long and literate series about Giles in the spaces between episodes. Home Repairs is set post-series, in England, and shows us Giles and his partner patching up the damage done by the First. And by other mistakes. Read it for its complex emotional issues, as experienced by adults.
mireille719: Sleep While I Drive, part 1 - Giles/Xander, FRM in parts
Xander's going on a drive to see the US. He asks Giles to go along, and Giles agrees. Read it for car camping, car repairs, and a back seat with poking springs. And vampires. And a slowly building relationship. This is sweet indulgence!fic.
glimmergirl: Necropolis part 1 - Giles/Buffy, FRC
It is the reign of Augustus. A scholar buys and frees a slave, and the slave discovers one of the secrets of the Senate. Read it for its multi-lingual wordplay and clever translations of the series setting.
gilesbabe: Somewhere in Time, part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - Giles/Buffy, FRM
In Sunnydale, the battle against the First is lost. Willow and Buffy alone remain. Buffy stares at the bodies of her friends. In another dimension, the battle against the Master is lost. Rupert Giles cradles Buffy's body and waits for death. Willow finds a third reality, one that has just lost its Buffy and its Giles untimely, and sends them both there. What happens when Season 7 Buffy meets Season 1 Giles in the middle of the Season 4 Initiative mess? Read it to find out!
I've now posted all four lists to the comm.