Why Books Make Great Gifts

4 reasons why you should buy a book for everyone on your list

December 6, 2017
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Every single time a family member or friend purchases a book for me, my face immediately lights up. I’m not sure if it’s because I am a bookworm or not, but there’s nothing quite like being gifted a new book. Now that the holidays have arrived, I’ve put together a list of my top 4 reasons why giving a book to someone in your life would make an excellent gift, and included some recommendations from Rodale Books.

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1. There are books for every interest group—whether that is cooking, baking, dieting, gardening, political activism, or even a specific decade, like the 90s. One of my personal favorites is A Man, A Pan, A Plan by Paul Kita. This cookbook is fantastic because it includes 100 delicious recipes that anyone can make with a simple pan. 

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2. There are books for every age group, and yes, that includes kids. For 8- to 12-year-olds, I recommend The Fantastic Body by Howard Bennett because it is jam-packed with cool and gross stories about the human body and DIY projects that your child will enjoy. For toddlers, I suggest Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet and Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet. This set of board books will make learning about fruits, veggies, and the ABCs a lot of fun!

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3. Books bring friends and family together, whether that is in the kitchen or for a book club. A few suggestions for both scenarios are: Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge, Love Real Food, A Sick Life, and We Rise

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4. And last but not least, gifting a book shows that you care about that person’s interests. Just this past year, I gave my sister a signed copy of Balancing in Heels by Kristin Cavallari. To say she was ecstatic would be an understatement. She is a fan of Kristin, so I knew that giving her this book would make her happy. It’s usually the little things like this that matters the most to the people around us. 


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This holiday season, I challenge you to take interest in your family and friends’ likes and dislikes, and based on those, give them a book they will enjoy. I bet you they will never forget it.

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