There are just two and a half weeks left until Christmas. Maybe you’ve had your gifts for others wrapped and waiting for months. Maybe you’re about halfway finished and only have to pick up a few more things here and there. Or maybe, if you’re anything like me, the holidays completely snuck up on you, and now you’re scrambling about in search for the perfect presents for all on your Christmas list. Lucky for you, and me, I have the perfect solution: Books.
Books are perhaps one of the best gifts you can give to someone, mainly because they can be geared toward practically everyone you know. While book lovers will always appreciate a new piece of literature to crack open, so will everyone else you know if you simply make it personable. For example, if you know someone who is a history buff, you can give them a biography, a memoir or a politcal document of some sort. It will be evident to them that you put sincere thought into their gift because you recognized a passion or interest of theirs and appealed to it.
Books make the ideal gift for a variety of other reasons as well. They are something that can be opened and used over and over again as opposed to a gift card or money. Books are also relatively inexpensive, which definitely comes in handy if you are not looking to spend as much on presents this year. You can also do most, or even all, of your shopping in one place. And we all know time and energy are essential to our health, well-being and sanity during this hectic time of year. So, whether you’re buying for the avid reader in your life, the history buff, the hopeless romantic or the kid who has every toy imaginable, here are some ideas to get you started with finally crossing friends and loved ones off of your holiday shopping list.
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series
For Book Lovers: Since avid readers are usually up to date on all the new releases, you might want to think in terms of classics. Many bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, sell the greatest of classic novels – “Pride and Prejudice,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Dracula,” to name a few – in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. These books make elegant, eye-catching additions to any home library.
For History Buffs: “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy” by Jacqueline Kennedy or “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie
For Hopeless Romantics: “The Next Always” by Nora Roberts or “Trading Christmas” by Debbie Macomber
For the Funny People in Your Life: “Bossypants” by Tina Fey or “Seriously … I’m Kidding” by Ellen Degeneres
For the Cook: “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible” by Paula Deen or “The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook” by Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
For the Business Savvy: “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
For Youngsters: Boxed sets are a great way to go when buying for younger generations. A few hit series that can be purchased by the set for teens and young adults are “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and Steve Larson’s Millennium Triology Deluxe Boxed Set: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” For the younger ones, consider the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” box set by Jeff Kinney.
If you want to gift something that’s full of Christmas spirit, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Charles Reasoner, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis and “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg are options friends and family members of all ages will love.
What books would you recommend for Christmas gifts?