Holiday Shopping: Tips for Buying Books as Gifts
Thinking up a unique and personal gift for each person on your list can be a challenge. For some people, a good toy or a purse is appropriate, for others, something to support a hobby, like yarn or knitting needles, is in order. But for those who seem to have everything, a book may be your solution -- you just need to figure out what type of book to get. Here are a few tips for buying books as gifts.
Do Your Research
In some circumstances, you may be able to pull a book at random from the New York Times Bestseller List that your loved one will enjoy, but there are no guarantees. It pays to know whom you're buying for. You should know if the person you're buying for is an avid reader or has a need for a particular type of book outside contemporary fiction. When your loved one reads the cover, he or she shouldn't question why you might have selected the book, otherwise it may go in the pile of things bound for the thrift store.
Think About The Calendar
One way to select a book as a gift is to look at the activities your loved one has planned for the upcoming months. If he's into football and he's excited about the big game in February, consider getting him a book with fun facts about football. If she has a European trip planned, she might like a journal to document all of her adventures. Or, if you want to make a big gift out of it, include a scrapbook so when she returns from her trip she has a place to curate all of her photos and souvenirs to go along with her journal.
Think About Hobbies
If someone is passionate about a hobby, it may not be easy to figure out what they need to keep those wheels turning. But a book may be just the thing. If the person you're buying for is a whiz in the kitchen, a cookbook or a food memoir is a good options. If your loved one is religious, she might enjoy a spiritual reader to start or end a day. If your loved one is a Star Wars™ fanatic, there are dozens of behind-the-scenes books they can nerd-out on. A book doesn't have to be a novel for someone to appreciate it as a holiday gift.
Think About Age
While your loved one might have a fascination with elephants, not just any book on elephants is appropriate. If you're buying for a child, look for age recommendations for the book you're thinking about buying. Though a 13-year-old can read a book about elephants that's written for children ages 8-12, it may be too simple to grab his attention and keep him interested. On the other hand, if you're looking for an 8-year-old, you may think a book written for a 13-year-old is OK because he can save it and read it when he's more mature, it's not a very exciting gift today and he may not have as much enthusiasm for elephants later.
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