One present I always love is books. Even though I own an E Reader, there is really nothing like a brand new book with crisp pages and new book smell.
Yes, I sniff my books. Is that weird?
Anyways, if you’re not a reader, it can be really hard to buy gifts for someone who is. Obviously, I recommend getting some info on what they’ve already read or own (if they’re anything like me and own a hundred books that they haven’t even opened yet…). This can easily be done with a quick “Hey I was thinking of reading such and such, have you read it? Is it any good?”
See how easy?
If you need a few suggestions, here are a few ideas for the reader in your life:
The first movie based on these books comes out next Spring, and promises to be the Next Big Thing. If you have a preteen – young adult reader in your life who hasn’t read these yet, they’d make a really great gift.
It can be hard to find good books for younger kids, but these are great for beginning readers. They’re educational and full of adventure. The set is also under $10, so it’s super affordable.
Does it really get any better than Little House on the Prairie? I used to LOVE these books…I wanted to be Laura so so bad. But with a TV and stuff, obviously. For girls 3rd grade through about 6th, this would make a really great gift that they would probably always remember.
If you know a teenager or adult who got into Twilight or True Blood, chances are they would like the Blue Bloods series. It’s about wealthy vampires in New York City, and has gotten excellent reviews. This set is also at a really great price– only $13 for 3 books.
I own this book and it’s fabulous. It’s hardcover, and HUGE (800 pages) and covers pretty much any craft one could hope to tackle. It’s a pretty book with lots of illustrations and the instructions are easy to follow.
I browsed this book at Books a Million a couple of weeks ago and it looked like a lot of fun for teenage girls. It’s full of advice for young girls on how to put a unique look together, and advice on classic pieces and how to work them into your wardrobe. A great way for young girls to start learning about fashion and buying clothes that they can wear over and over.
For the cook in your life (experienced OR beginner) you really can’t go wrong with America’s Test Kitchen. They test their recipes extensively, give detailed instructions, and if done correctly, the dishes come out perfect every time. This book in particular is my favorite because it covers all basic dishes from pastas to meats, to cookies and pies. It’s also done like a 3 ring binder so it lays flat on your counter. Win!
Do you have a nephew that you have no idea what to buy for? This book is perfect. My son owns it and it’s so much fun. It’s full of useless information like how to juggle, play pranks, hang a spoon off your nose, or annoy your sibling. Tons of fun and great for rainy days.
Does your man fancy himself a bit of a survivalist? Even recliner survivalmen (yes, they exist) will enjoy this book from Bear Grylls. It’s full of pictures so don’t worry if your guy isn’t much of a reader. Lot’s of useless info (how to survive if you’re lost in the Arctic? What?!) but lots of fun for people who are into that sort of thing.
I know I’ve left about a zillion books out, but hopefully these are enough to cover most of the bases. I’m always looking for new ideas so I’d love to know–what is your favorite book to give as a gift?
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!