I haven’t bought a whole lot of books as Christmas presents this year, which is surprising. Nine years out of ten, I buy a whole lot of books for Christmas.
Why so many books? Well, I’m a professional book pusher, so that’s part of it. But honestly, I think that books are the perfect gift for lots and lots of reasons.
1) A book can fit into almost anyone’s budget. You can find a rare book if you’re feeling spendy. But if you’re on a budget like most folks, you can get a great new book for $10-20. Or a super inexpensive new book for $2. Or even a used book for as little as $0.50. I’ve received used books as gifts before, and I didn’t feel bad about it at all.
First edition Jane Austen books for probably a truckload of money…
or Barnes and Noble’s “Fiction Under $5.”
2) You can find a book to fit any person’s personality. That makes it a thoughtful gift. It can also be a general gift if you don’t know the person too well. Get them a book that you suspect they might enjoy or just a great classic that they could return if they’re really not into reading a great classic (boo for that).
A book for your favorite people watcher…
or a book for your dog watcher (assuming he or she actually likes dogs).
3) Your Christmas present could actually change someone’s life. Reading fiction makes you a more empathetic person, thus say the scientists. And I can pinpoint a few books that have certainly impacted who I have become as a person. That’s some powerful Christmas present buying.
4) How often do you find a present that can be inspirational, educational, and a source of entertainment and joy all in one?
5) Books are easy to mail and probably won’t get damaged in transit, even in your suitcase.
Do you see what I mean? Books are the perfect present. If left to my own devices, I would probably buy everyone on my list a book every single year. Fortunately for my friends and family (or unfortunately), I know that they have mixed likes, so I try to also mix up presents to match their preferences. You can’t go wrong with a book though.
I wouldn’t recommend getting my dad a book about the Jonas brothers, but with a bit of thought, you can’t go wrong.