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Inspirational Books Make Great Holiday Gifts

Give Nourishing Gifts

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 inspiration.

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 wonderful 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.

Motivational Classics

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 prolific author and motivational speaker, Wayne Dyer. He specialized in self-development and spiritual growth and wrote over 40 books. Consider giving Manifest Your DestinyWisdom 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, The Tipping Point, Outliers for someone you know. Gladwell’s famous books 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 his 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, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, FDR, Gandhi, Ulysses Grant, or Anne Frank.

Self-help Books

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, be sure to keep the interests and personality of the recipient in mind. Better yet, buy two copies of the book so you both can read and grow together! Still need some ideas? The best-seller I’m OK, You’re Okay by Thomas Harris could be perfect!

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