Book Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Posted by Jill on December 13, 2011

I love buying books as gifts for holidays and birthdays. They last forever, you can find one for any audience, and it’s easy to spend as much or as little as you please.

If you’re having a hard time finding gifts for people on your list this holiday season, check out the ultimate book gift guide below.

Book Gift Ideas

I’ve included money-related books and others, including some of my own personal favorites and things I’ve personally given as gifts.

Book Gifts

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For the Frugal/DIY Set, or Those Who Wish They Were

For Anyone…From Your Favorite Money Bloggers

For Future Millionaires

By future millionaires I mean….anyone, if they read these books!

For the Sports Lover

For the Politico

  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heliemann and Mark Halperin. $27.99 list, $10.19 Amazon. Regardless of who you voted for or how you feel about the 2008 election results, you have to agree that the race was pretty interesting! I read this book when it came out and loved it.
  • Primary Colors by Anonymous. $5.49. One of the most popular political books of all time, but newly-minted politics lovers may not have read it yet – do them a favor, and change that!
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. $22.00 list, $14.96 Amazon.

For the Perfectly Proper or Perpetual Party Host(ess)

These books also make great hostess gifts if you’re looking for something fun to bring to a holiday party!

For the Recent Graduate and/or Newly-Employed

I have lots of ideas for this category, because I couldn’t choose between my favorites – I have both received and given most of the titles on this list.

For the Bride-, Groom-, or Mother-of-the-Bride To-Be

For New Parents or Babies

  • Love you Forever by Robert Munsch. $5.95. A perennial favorite in my family.
  • If I could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond. $15.99 list, $10.87 Amazon. I stumbled across this while looking for a gift to bring to a book-themed baby shower. I have now given it to multiple parents of new babies. It’s a tear-jerker that is sure to become a family keepsake!

For Tweens

I skipped children’s books altogether because there are HUNDREDS of classics and you can’t go wrong with any of them. The same goes for tweens, but here are two timeless books I particularly remember enjoying in my later elementary years.
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. $4.99. Actually the first in a series – so if your recipient enjoys it, there are many more to give later!
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. $6.99.

Other Gift Tips

  • You can also look for book suggestions on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011 list and The Amazon Gift List.
  • Make sure you look for promotions before you buy – it’s not too late to take advantage of the bn.com free $10 e-certificate when you buy $100 of certificates. You could buy certificates and use them to do your book shopping, then use the bonus for an extra gift or to treat yourself!
  • You can also use cashback sites combined with rewards cards to do your shopping. Check out our favorites.
  • And don’t forget that wrapping can make a good gift great. Check out our frugal wrapping ideas!
  • What your your favorite books to give as a gifts?



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