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Very little can compare to a night spent cozied up by the fireplace with a good book. Whether you're searching for the perfect gift for mom or haven't landed on the right present for grandpa, a thoughtfully chosen book can be a really nice gesture.
To help find the best books to gift this year, we've broken down some of our favorites. Whether you're looking for a classic page-turner or a beautiful coffee table book, we've got you covered. Plus, we've rounded up some literature-themed gifts that aren't books for good measure.
The below list has gifts by category, to quickly jump to the category you're looking for click on the links below:
- Bestselling book gifts
- Best coffee table book gifts
- Best cookbook gifts
- Best memoir book gifts
- Best fiction book gifts
- Best inspirational book gifts
- Best coloring book gifts
- More gift ideas for book lovers
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Bestselling book gifts
We couldn't not include Hoda Kotb's book on this list! With inspirational quotes and stories for every day of the year, it's the kind of read you'll want to slowly savor.
Rachel Hollis is back with a follow up to her super popular "Girl, Wash Your Face." In her newest book, Hollis motivates readers to think about what they really want from life and helps them create a path to achieve it.
According to author Cleo Wade, "This book is really supposed to be a place where you can find comfort, and at the same time encouragement to get back into the world on those days you feel like you really want to turn away from it." We can't think of anything more inspiring than that!
Featuring never before seen photos and mementos from the life of the iconic artist, this memoir, written by Prince before his death, would make an excellent gift for any music lover.
Best coffee table book gifts
This beautiful book compiles 18 years of photographs that take the elegant art form out of the studio and into the streets.
Whether you live out West or know someone who idolizes John Wayne, this book would make for a treasured gift. It embodies the "pioneering spirit" of this beautiful landscape.
This book is both beautiful and practical, making it the perfect gift for anyone who just moved into a new house.
You don't have to hop on a plane to enjoy the sights of the Italian coast, thanks to this book from famed photographer Gray Malin.
Don't we all want to make our home feel a little bit cozier around this time of year? This book from designer and author Liz Marie Galvan would be a great gift for anyone who embodies the spirit of hygge.
The original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham's decades of service as a photographer are beautifully memorialized in this compilation from the New York Times.
Best cookbook gifts
1. "Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done In the Most Delicious Way Possible" by Erin Gardner
We all need a bit of a distraction these days (it's been quite the year). This cookbook will give your loved one the perfect distraction that ends in a sweet treat.
If you've got a sweet tooth, "Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection" would be an excellent gift. From potato chip cookies to caramel-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, the recipes in this book are both decadent and delicious.
Best memoir book gifts
Royal fans know Angela Kelly as Queen Elizabeth II's dresser and trusted confidant, and this read is an exceptional portrait of over two decades of service to the monarchy. Among the many tidbits gleaned from the pages: The queen apparently loves a bargain.
Speaking of royalty, Gary Janetti gathered a new set of fans on social media thanks to his satirical take on the inner thoughts of the youngest royals. In reality, the comedy writer's been making us laugh for years through his work on "Family Guy" and "Will & Grace." This witty set of essays is the perfect gift for anyone with a stellar sense of humor.
Best Fiction Book Gifts
This is one gift you might even want to give early! From the author of "The Proposal" and "The Wedding Party," it's an enchanting read that your giftee won't want to put down.
This would make a great gift for anyone who loves to curl up on a Sunday afternoon with a good book. It follows siblings Danny and Maeve over five decades as they navigate life together. "The love they find in each other is beautiful and hopeful," Jenna explained.
Another beautiful story of the bond between siblings, "Lights All Night Long" reads like a mystery but leaves readers with a poignant, powerful message about what we'll sacrifice for our family.
Best inspirational book gifts
Inspired by the former first lady's bestselling memoir, this journal prompts readers to "discover the power of their own voice" through guided writing exercises. From identifying their "circle of strength" to reliving a time when they spoke their truth, this book will empower your giftee to share their own gifts with the world.
Best book gifts for kids and teens
The seventh book in the "Dog Man" series, this book would make a great gift for any kiddos who've already gotten into the story of this unlikely hero.
From the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise to "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" on Broadway, the "Harry Potter" phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down. This would make a magical gift for anyone who hasn't yet heard of Hogwarts.
Recommended by author Jason Reynolds, this book is as heartfelt as it is entertaining. It follows a group of friends in '90s Brooklyn as they attempt to honor their friend's memory and music after his death.
For the teenager who loves the pop star Halsey, gift them this book of poetry. The singer just released a set of autobiographical poems that delve deep into hard topics like failed relationships, sexuality and mental illness that many teens will find relatable.
Best coloring book gifts
Perfect for any Disney fan, this adult coloring book brings beloved Disney landscapes to life. Add in a pack of colored pencils and you've got yourself a thoughtful gift.
Inspired by the beauty of nature, this bestseller was released earlier this year and reviewers are enjoying the detailed designs and practical layout of the affordable book.
More gift ideas for book lovers
1. Book Planter
This handmade book planter is the perfect desk accessory for anyone looking to liven up their reading nook.
Sometimes the hardest part about starting a book club isn't choosing the book or finishing it in time for the meeting, it's knowing what to say during the book club meeting itself. After the usual "I liked it!" sentiments have been said, turn to this Book Club Kit for conversation prompt cards that'll lead to meaningful discussion. Plus, it also includes recipes for author-adored drinks — like J.D. Salinger's Scotch and Soda — so members can get boozy for the meeting, too.
This is just too dang cute — and at $15, it's basically the perfect gift for everyone in your book club.
This bestselling T-shirt comes in five different colors and is available in sizes S-XXL.
If you know someone with a reading nook that needs a little sprucing up, this print would be great to set the scene.
For the person whose love for reading is only matched by their love of coffee, this mug would make a practical present.
I mean, it's just a fact that the book is usually better than the movie or TV show. If you know someone who can relate, you've got yourself a perfect gift.
An e-reader definitely takes some adjusting to, but it's worth it for anyone who loves to read. They'll be able to load their Kindle with books before a big trip and get to avoid juggling printed copies during the morning commute.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 12, 2018.