When you don’t know what to give someone for Christmas, don’t get frustrated. Keep it simple! You can never go wrong with a good book. They make great gifts—especially if you put a lot of thought into what specific book will suit your recipient. This year, give your loved ones inspirational books. They’ll nourish their souls and bring them holiday cheer.
Why Books Make Great Gifts
Everyone is buying electronic gadgets and games as gifts nowadays. So, at first glance, books may seem a little old fashioned. But the truth is books are a staple to a mindful life. Plus, reading has many health benefits. Reading reduces stress and helps you sleep. It also slows down cognitive decline and could even lengthen your lifespan. How could you go wrong?
Inspirational Book Ideas for the Holidays
While any book would make a great present, this year, why not skip the mysteries and popular fiction and gift your loved ones with an inspirational book? It can help them get through the winter blues and inspire them to start the new year fresh. Listed below are just a few ideas to help you get started.
Classics always make great gifts, like Jane Austen books or the collections of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If don’t know what type of inspirational books would suit your recipient, try a classic.
Napoleon Hill, born in 1883, was a successful author and lecturer. He’s been called the “grandfather of self-help” and his books on motivational thinking are still considered classics today. This year, consider giving one of his books to your loved ones, like Think and Grow Rich, How to Own Your Own Mind, and The Path to Personal Power.
If you’re looking for a more modern classic, consider the works of Wayne Dyer. Dyer was prolific. Besides being an author and motivational speaker, Dyer also created audio and video programs. He specialized in self-development and spiritual growth and wrote over 40 books. Consider giving Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, or 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace as a gift.
Non-traditional Inspirational Books
If you have a gift recipient that’s less concerned about spiritual guidance per se, consider giving them a thoughtful book on sociology or psychology instead.
Malcolm Gladwell’s books are a great example. The noted journalist and author has written non-fiction books about overcoming obstacles, how to effect change in your community, the psychology of snap decisions, and everything in between. For Christmas, buy David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants for someone you know. Gladwell’s famous book can help motivate your loved one in the new year.
If Malcolm Gladwell’s books don’t seem right, consider Seth Godin, an author, businessman, and marketing expert. He’s has written non-fiction books about finding your tribe, becoming a leader, finding the courage to innovate, and how to be indispensable. Consider giving Seth Godin’s book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us to members of your tribe this holiday season.
Biographies can be a great source of inspiration. If your gift recipient prefers books written on history, they’ll enjoy biographies on inspirational figures like Harriet Tubman. Or if you’re looking for something more personal try memoirs like Coretta Scott King’s posthumous memoir My Life, My Love, My Legacy.
Self-help books make good gifts as well. And there’s a wide variety to pick from: relaxation, mid-life crisis, relationships, self-esteem, stress management, time management and more. When you choose a self-help book for your gift recipient, be sure to keep their interests and their personality in mind. Better yet, buy two copies of the book so you both can read and grow together!