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For the mixologist and/or pun enthusiast:
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
We’ll take one “Gin Eyre” and one “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita,” please.
For the dude who reads one book a year:
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
This intimate and inspiring account of men’s lives after they return from war is a fascinating read--and sure to hit the best-of lists for 2013.
For the wide-eyed 7-year-old with discerning parents:
A Map of Children’s Literature in Britain
We’ll meet you in the inlet between J. K. Rowling and Robert Louis Stevenson. (And don’t worry--it does ship to the U.S.)
For the thrill-seeker:
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Speaking of J. K. Rowling, former Hogwarts enthusiasts will appreciate the engrossing crime novel she secretly wrote under a pseudonym this year.
For the preteen who reminds you of yourself:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This YA book about geeky teens who fall in love is enough to renew anyone’s faith in the Snapchat generation.
For the business guru:
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk
New York Times best-selling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. (Hint: Flattery will get you everywhere.)
For the history buff:
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Just be prepared for your uncle to want to talk your ear off about Roosevelt once he’s finished.
For the fashionista:
Olympia Le-Tan classic book clutch
Sure, these clutches cost $1,800, but can you really put a price on a War and Peace fashion accessory?
There are so many reasons books make great gifts:
1. They’re easy to wrap.
2. They’re a terrific solo activity for your relatives to do quietly.
3. Amazon overnight shipping.
Check out our list of books and book-related items to get your near and dear, from the guy who reads one book a year to the preteen who reminds you of yourself. Bless.
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