It will come as a surprise to exactly no one that I love to give books as gifts. I think it’s the coziest thing ever.
I think it says, “I believe in the part of you that craves knowledge and growth.” It says, “You deserve to take time for yourself: to unwind, to learn, and to challenge yourself.”
A book is a great gift to get for someone who “has everything” because, in my humble opinion, you can never have too many books. The limit does not exist.
Sometimes, though, book gift-giving can be tricky. When it comes to fiction, how can you be sure that they haven’t read that book already? (I have some tips for this particular problem down at the bottom of the post).
And with nonfiction, you don’t want to come across prescriptive either. Like, “here’s this parenting book because your kids suck.” Or, “you seem like you could use this book about managing stress.” No, not the vibe. We want our nonfiction book gifts to be uplifting, inspiring, or entertaining.
Today, I’m sharing a handful of what I believe to be some of the best books to gift. I tried to break it up into categories as best I could. And there’s a few tips for gifting books to the already-active readers at the end.
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday (or check out his boxed set).
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris
Think Again by Adam Grant
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott
The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Bomber Mafia by Malcom Gladwell
HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes
The Queen by Andrew Morton
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
Operating Instructions by Ann Lamott
Good Inside by Dr. Becky Kennedy
Made for Living by Amber Lewis
Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard
Provence Glory by Francois Simon
The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta
The Travel Book by Lonely Planet
Want to get a book for the reader you love but are nervous to get them something you’ve already read? Here are a few tips I thought of:
For a list of recent fiction recommendations, check out my list of the best books I read this fall.
For even more recommendations, head to my bookshelf.
Looking for more gift ideas? Click here.
It’s a pre-weekend pick me up: just a little note with links to the latest blog posts, what I’m reading lately, and products I’m obsessed with. Think of it as a friend dropping off a surprise latte in the morning--you know?