Book Gift Ideas For Every Type of Person

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I often find it really difficult to think up new ideas when it comes to buying personalised gifts for people for Christmas. I mean, there's only so many times that I can buy my mum a bottle of perfume or my Nan a pair of slippers before I start to feel like I'm buying rubbish for the sake of it. My usual go to when it comes to getting people a gift which feels thoughtful, is books. I love having books bought for me, because it feels like the person who has given me the gift has had to really think about my personality and the type of thing that I'd enjoy reading. This is also why I love gifting books to other people. You're not just giving someone a present, but a story, ideas and lessons which you've selected just for them.

With this in mind, I've decided to put together a little shortcut for you. Below are a list of books which I think are the perfect gift for people of any personality type. Not sure what to get your lovestruck friend or laid back relative for Christmas? Read on!

The laid back one

For that person who is always relaxed and loves reading snuggled by the fire, or lounging by the pool, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy is the perfect lightheaded and sun-soaked read. The Girls by Emma Cline is exciting, mysterious and slow all at once, and The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood is the perfect kind of pacing for a slow and heated mystery.

The funny one

 For that person who is always looking for an extra laugh (even better when it's a self deprecating one), It's All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot will leave you both face palming and snickering at just how predictable and similar we can all really be. For more of an X-Rated giggle, the graphic novel series, Saga by Brian. K. Vaughan is an interstellar adventure which is told like no other and will make you literally laugh out loud.

The stressed one

For that person who is always running around and doesn't know how to take a little bit of time for themselves, the best kind of books are the ones which offer some perspective. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig is a brilliant reminder of what's important in life, told by a main character who has lived for long enough to know and Ikigai: The Japanese Secret To A Long And Happy Life by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia offers the same secrets to a life of happiness in non-fiction form.

The adolescent one

For younger readers with inquisitive minds, books which challenge their perspectives on life are my favourites to buy. The Beginning Of The World In The Middle Of The Night by Jen Campbell offers beautifully told modern fairytales for outsiders and wallflowers, and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo provides young readers with strong and brave real life female role models from history.

The stuck on love one

We all know that person who is getting tired of love and just hasn't found the right one yet. For these people, classic romance novels just aren't going to cut it. So buy them Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari which offers a comical and interesting account of what it's like tying to find love in a digital age, or The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride a love story which doesn't cut out any of the heartbreak or monotony. (Fair warning: don't buy the latter for someone who isn't comfortable with frequent sex scenes in their novels!)

The inquisitive one

 For the person who loves to read to learn a little bit more about the world around them, I can think of no more fitting book than Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind by Yuval Noah Harari, which will change the way you look at humans and the world. Alternatively, try The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry which offers a look at 'manhood' and how the concept of masculinity is ultimately failing us all.

The introverted one

Introverts are all around us and, in my experience, are some of the most grateful receivers of books as gifts. For a non-fiction book on just how great introverts really are, try Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. If you're looking for a fiction gift for your introvert friend, Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple offers an eccentric and relatable main character who just doesn't want to be part of society anymore, and Turtles All The Way Down by John Green provides and honest account of growing up, anxiety and OCD.

The adventurous one

For that reader who loves a story with a kick which keeps you on your toes, I'd definitely recommend a modern mystery or thriller novel. For a twisted and gripping mystery which keeps you guessing the whole way through, try The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapenaor for a psychological, sliding doors style thriller which will live your heart in your throat, opt for Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister.

The creative one 

Some people are always looking for that next bit of creative inspiration and a book is often the best place to find that. Two which I think make great gifts are Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke - a collection of seemingly accidental tips on creativity from the mind of a poet and a novice, and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - an inspiring book about breaking from the mould, harnessing inspiration and unleashing creativity.

The rebellious one

 For that person who wants to spark change but doesn't know where to start, or wants to learn a little bit more about the world and how to fight its injustices, 2017 is rife with books on exactly how to do this. Some of my favourites include This Book Will Help You Change The World by Sue Turton, a powerhouse guide to politics and activism which will make you want to stand up and make a difference and Girl Up by Laura Bates, a brilliant guide on how to demand respect as a woman in 2017.

The imaginative one

For the person who always has their head in the clouds and needs a little bit of fantasy in their reading choices, The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman revisits Pullman's His Dark Materials series, bringing to life old characters and offering the same level of gripping fantasy and magical mystery. For a different kind of magical read, The Loneliest Girl In the Universe by Lauren James is a tale of love, isolation and the vast expanse of space. What more could you want?

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