Books Gift Ideas for Friends and Family this Christmas

32041256_Christmas_eBooks_Vol.1_No.2When it comes to books, gift ideas can be sparing unless you know the exact author that your recipient prefers. But there’s another way to determine which books would make the best gifts for your closest friends and family members.

Strike up a conversation with them. Listen to their opinions. Are they very political? Then they may like a book by a political author, such as Glen Beck or Sarah Palin for Republicans or Obama for Democrats.

Someone who’s into horror or mystery might appreciate Stephen King’s new Under the Dome book – his latest release. Find out if they like his work before splurging on it, and if they do, but have already read it, then consider another similar author like Dean Koontz.

Is the person into self help autobiographies? Andre Agassi’s new book Open shares his true tale of drug addiction and failed marriages and shows how he came back from the brink of despair to start a new and better life for himself.

The special person in your life might appreciate a collectible coffee table book. You can find some great coffee table books on Norman Rockwell, Cartier, home decorating, rock bands, and more.

Another savvy books gift idea is to give someone a Kindle or Sony eReader. These are actually wireless reading devices that let your recipient download a full book in under 60 seconds – and hold a whole library of choices on their e-reader at any time.

You can pair this with a gift certificate they can use on Amazon or at the Sony eReader store to purchase titles they prefer. You can pre-load it if you know what they want, and even subscribe to magazines and newspapers for them!

And don’t forget this books gift concept, either: get your gift recipient an audiobook! Not every book is in hardback or paperback format. For people who travel a lot, an audiobook is a perfect gift selection.

Current bestsellers in audiobooks are Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue, the Complete Audio Bible, Bill O’Reilly’s A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity memoir, and Glen Beck’s Arguing With Idiots.

When buying books, gift ideas are in endless supply. You simply have to be aware of the preferences of your gift recipient and then meet their needs. Or, give them a gift certificate to a bookstore (online or local) and let them browse the latest choices themselves!

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