Despite technology making it easier to have a library of books at our fingertips nothing compares to holding a real book in your hands, inhaling the scent of freshly printed pages and knowing that when you open the cover you will be the first person to lay eyes on the words printed inside. While there are more books that have been written than any one of us can ever hope to read in a lifetime some are far superior to others. When considering giving a book as a gift, the following list will help you make a good choice.
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall – This is the perfect gift for an avid reader who believes they have read almost everything they could possibly want to. This book will provide the gift recipient with a whole new list of books they must read before they die. If they are up to the challenge they can mark off each book as they read it and see just how many they can get through.
Blank Journal – It is not uncommon for avid readers to believe that there is a book buried deep within their own soul. A blank journal is a great book gift to give to someone who is an aspiring writer. They can jot their story ideas, plots and characters down and maybe start that first chapter of what could end up on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Chicken Soup for the Soul books – There is a Chicken Soup for the Soul book for almost every person you can think of from young teens to the elderly. Packed full of inspirational short stories these are great books to read over and over again. Each story has a message, some more subtle than others, and are just the right length to squeeze in a quick read at lunchtime or even over breakfast before starting a busy day.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jan Sincero – Despite the really long title this book truly is an inspiring self-help book aimed at people who are tired of the way they are currently living and want to make changes. There are 27 chapters packed with inspiring stories, great advice, and instructions that explain how to learn to love the things you cannot change while at the same time making changes to rid yourself of the things you don’t love about your life, and start to live the life you truly want and deserve.
100 Things You Need to Know about Money before 35 by Forbes Staff – It is said that a huge percentage of young Americans (under 30) will make a financial decision that will adversely affect their credit and that over 50% of those with student loans are extremely worried about their ability to repay them. This book provides over 100 tips that will teach young people how to avoid the common financial pitfalls and set them on the road to living a life of financial security. In eBook form but an important read for any young person you know.
Good Housekeeping’s Simple Household Wisdom – Brought to you by the magazine that has been around for decades, this book pulls together all the wisdom gleaned over those years to provide the reader with hundreds of tips and ideas to gain a clean, decluttered and well-organized home that is not only restful to live in but also to entertain. The focus of the book is making household chores as simple but effective as possible so you can spend more time on living and less on cleaning and organizing. A good book to give to a wide range of people who have their own homes, whether owned or rented.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss – No matter what point in your working life you are at there is always room for improvement, right? This is the book that will teach you the tools you need to get to the top of your career. Even if you are self-employed and successful there is always room for improvement. Even if you are the CEO of a huge company there is always something new you can learn. Anyone who receives this book as a gift will be getting more than just a collection of words on pages; they will be getting the information they need to excel at whatever they choose to do.
Books make fantastic gifts and almost everyone will appreciate a book that has been chosen carefully, specifically for them. Any one of the books listed above is sure to be a helpful and valuable addition to the library of the special people on your gift buying list.