Book Ideas To Gift To 8 Important People In Your Life
When it comes to holiday gifting, there is an endless array of options for everyone on your list. Giving gifts on its own can be a magical, intimate experience. Giving a book takes that up a notch. Finding a book that piques a shared interest, can be difficult. There is always a book to gift, however, that finds a way to say “I really get you.” You just have to look hard enough. Here are eight books for some of the most important people in your life, perfect for bringing them something special to think about in the new year.
For Your BFF
“The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store” by Cait Flanders
This 2018 breakout bestseller starts at one woman’s personal challenge against consumerism and becomes an insightful memoir about what matters in life. After realizing that no shopping was making her happy, Cait Flanders decides not to buy anything for a year. But hit by hardship halfway through the challenge, things get a little tricky. This book is perfect for the socially-conscious, self-aware friend.
For Your Significant Other
“14,000 Things To Be Happy About” by Barbara Ann Kipfer
One of the more classic books on this list, 14,000 Things To Be Happy About began with a list Barbara Ann Kipfer made in her childhood. It has no explanations, no sections, just sweet things to smile about, like caramel gelato and big red barns. Perfect for a partner who likes to see the good in life, this book is a great way to say “you make me happy.” Plus, it’s easy to pick up after a long day, to soak in something good before bed.
For Your Mother
“What If This Were Enough?: Essays” by Heather Havrilesky
The acclaimed critic, memoirist, and advice columnist Heather Havrilesky of “Ask Polly” has recently published this collection of essays that turns self-improvement on its head by asking readers to embrace imperfection. This loving, easy read is a perfect book to give to your mama to say you appreciate her as she is, for all the hard work she puts in, and all the hiccups along the way.
For Your Father
“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
The men in our lives, especially fathers, can be the trickiest to gift to. Luckily, almost any dad (of any political ideology) will love this #1 New York Times bestseller on what history tells us about what it means to be ‘human.’ The author, a renowned Israeli historian, takes the reader from the original six species of humans on earth to us: homo sapiens. Dads will love the history, and the questions about our future this book poses and will be sure to turn it into a lively dinner table conversation the next time you visit home.
For Your Boss
“In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs” by Grace Bonney
Your boss will love when you gift her this book, where women of all walks of life share their keys to success. A combination of a coffee table book and a good read; perfect for your female boss to show her that she’s in the “company of” these brilliant women. From media titans to ceramicists, and hoteliers to tattoo artists, this book is a perfect read for women rising in any field.
For Your Colleague
The Best American Travel Writing 2018 (The Best American Series®) Edited by Cheryl Strayed
Almost any book in the Best American series is a great gift, but this particular collection stands out. This collection of travel essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed, is excellent for a co-worker who also dreams of spreading their wings a bit. The best travel writing of the year should be perfect to inspire them for their next vacation and keep their mind away from the desk after work hours. Giving a co-worker this book says “we’re in this together.”
For Your Assistant
“I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff” by Abbi Jacobson
Whether or not your assistant is a Broad City fan, this acclaimed new memoir is a fantastic gift. Abbi Jacobson’s book, collected from her post-breakup solo trip across the US, is the perfect read for someone who may not be quite as far along in their personal journey as you are. This book scratches the itch for something buzzworthy, while also being touching and poignant. This essay collection describes how to figure out who you are, even if you think you already know.
For Your Sibling
“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
Your sibling will appreciate how well this bestseller fits into your own family narrative. This book may be about a woman raised by survivalist parents in the mountains of Idaho, without an education, but your sibling will understand the poignant insight into family dynamics and making it on your own that Westover explores. Educated keeps appearing on best book of the year lists, along with other acclaims, so it’s also a great book for a sibling who’s plugged into what’s popular these days. You know how great it is for someone to open a present and say “I’ve been meaning to get this!”
Eva Taylor Grant is a writer, cancer survivor and advocate. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Girlboss, and MAED, among others.