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Book Recommendations For The Person Who…

I love books. I love reading. I love authors. Books are my go-to gift all year round. I think books make a great gift because they don’t take up much space, they create an experience, they can stimulate connection and conversation between giver and recipient, and when you receive one you can try it out and then re-gift it if it’s not a good fit and nothing is wasted in a landfill. 

I hope this list of book ideas to give as gifts is helpful this holiday season.

  • For the friend who is really into personality profiles and has already read every book about the enneagram: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin 
  • For the friend who wants to introduce their middle school age kids to narrative poetry (aka a “novel in verse”): Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) by Jacqueline Woodson
  • For the friend who wants to take action of some creative projects next year: Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe 
  • For the friend who has 3-7 year olds: Love by Matt de la Peña
  • For the friend who has a lot of picture books and you want to get them something thoughtful they don’t already have: Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler
  • For the person in your life who is creative, but you don’t know much about their preferences or specific mediums: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

A list of novels I’ve recently recommended a lot:

 Let me know in the comments what books you often gift as gifts! 

Reading Time:

3 minutes





  1. Lori H

    I love to gift 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff. Such a sweet book and nothing too shocking so acceptable to anyone.

  2. Beth B

    100 Days to Brave by Annie F Downs (devotionals are great for people who don’t have a lot of reading time) and A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson (also great because each essay is a stand-alone and it’s a quick, enjoyable read).

  3. Kcain

    What a great list! Thank you.

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