Wow! We can’t believe that Christmas is round the corner. The world is still burning all around us but the fact that we survived this hellish year, only means we deserve an actual Merry Christmas for real. In a bid to make the holiday as close to normal as possible, most of us are still planning to give gifts. Good thing gifts are socially distant conducive. As we do every year, we have curated a list to make gift giving easier for the book lover in your life.
Cookbooks are great to gift because everyone loves a good cookbook even if they have no plans of cooking from it. Pictured above are some of the cookbooks we loved this year. A lot of the recipes are easy to make with ingredients you can get from your local grocery store so anyone can cook through these or just admire the pictures and dream about cooking through them!
Here are some cookbooks we recommend:
- The Full Plate by Ayesha Curry (this is very basic and the recipes are all under 1 hour but utterly delicious!)
- Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin
- Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten (she’s a household name and she knows good food!)
- Home Style Cookery by Matty Matheson
- The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson
Coffee Table Books:
Noone is visiting but because we are spending so much time at home, it’s always good to have aesthetically pleasing, conversation starters ready for when people do start coming over: There were so many coffee table books we loved this year apart from the two pictured above! Some of them are listed below:
- Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors
- In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean
- American Gardens
With the kind of year we’ve had, this would be a great time to gift books that’ll help people learn a little more about their neighbors, and it doesn’t have to be very heavy books about race. Support and gift them books from their favorite black authors:
- I Don’t Want to Die Poor by Michael Arceneaux
- Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
- Any Black Classic like anything from Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes. Support black art!
Reading Related Knick Knacks
- Reading Rests
- Reading Lights
- Holiday Lettering Artist Pens
- Or this amazing reading journal from Etsy! (Also, there’s always collectibles in your loved ones’ favorite books that are widely available on sites like Etsy!)
- They love Harry Potter? Get them this amazing collectible quidditch set!
- Love Game of Thrones? Get them this miniature Game of Thrones iron throne!
- From stickers, to bookmarks to stationeries. Visit The Seasonal Pages and you are sure to find something at such affordable prices (Support Small Businesses!)
Good Ol’ Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
The first step to choosing a book for a loved one is finding out what they actually enjoy reading. Find out the genre they’re most comfortable in, the last thing they read from that genre that they actually loved then try to find them something in the vein. There are so many blogs (LIKE OURS!) that are great resources for reading different reviews and making a suggestion. There’s always nonfiction books on topics they’d enjoy like TV shows, books from their favorite personalities (podcasters, reality show characters, athletes etc.) and if all else fails, get a gift card to their favorite book store (Shop locally if possible!)
As we’re getting into the new year, a lot of people might be interested in reading books that might help them achieve whatever goals they’re currently setting for the next year. Self help is always a safe go to as a gift. Just be careful what titles you gift them! LOL.
Here are some of our favorite self help books from 2020:
- Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who’s Been There by Tara Schuster
- Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish: And Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature by Rani Shah (considering we’re currently living through a pandemic and are looking for different ways to protect our mental health and develop a self care routine, I highly recommend this one!)
- Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Mary Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
For The Nostalgic (and possibly older reader in your life)
Book Sets of Old Favorites like Tom Clancy, Ken Follet, Mary Higgins Clark etc.
Don’t Forget Yourself!
While you are shopping for everyone else, don’t forget to get yourself something. We are all hoping for a better year and whatever you need to help you plan, read better or remind yourself of the bad ass you are, here are some journals, notebooks (if you would like to take notes/quotes from the many books on your TBR list) and inspirational cards that are great gift ideas.
Hope this was helpful and you find some great ideas on here. Let us know if you have any questions or got some inspiration from the list. Happy Holidays!!
Taynement & Leggy