Gift picks for everyone on your list

Al Woodworth on December 10, 2020

Books to give this holiday season

Books always make great presents and that's even more true in a year when we are confined to our own homes. We love making book recommendations—especially during the holidays. If you're searching for inspiration, our Best Books of the Year is a great place to start, but so is our Editors' Gift Picks feature, which includes categories like "True Stories Well Told," "Books under $25," "Quirky and Unusual Books" and of course we've got you covered when it comes to cookbooks, kids books and novels.

Here are few more recommendations from our gift list. Happy shopping, giving, and reading!

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

For the person in your life who loves satire and is in want of a good belly-laugh

Look, there’s a lot of parallels between Carl Hiaasen’s new book Squeeze Me and the current state of political affairs in this country. So if you’re shopping for someone who is up for the bawdy, tawdry hilarity of a President who goes by the code name “Mastadon” and his female fans who call themselves the “POTUSsies”, well then this is the perfect bookish romp for them.

See all of our editors' gift picks for Notable Novels.

150 Glimpses of the Beatles by Craig Brown

For music fans

A whimsical and insightful portrait of the Beatles, a band that in many ways defined the sixties and music as we know it. Filled with tributes and recollections from Tom Hanks to Bruce Springsteen, as well as lists, excerpts, quotes, and hilarious stories, Craig Brown’s biography is the perfect mixed cocktail of entertainment, history, and oral history for the music fan in your life.

See all our editors' gift picks for True Stories, Well Told.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

For your sister (or anyone who has a sister)

We named Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half one of our top ten books of 2020 and this was certainly one of the most buzzed about novels of the year. Told in flashbacks and alternating points of view, Bennett tells the story of the Vignes twins—inseparable as children but as they grow up their lives look dramatically different. Brilliantly written, The Vanishing Half examines sisterhood, Black identity, and parenthood with passion and conviction, and wrestles with the question: can we be defined without our past?

See all of our editors' gift picks for Notable Novels.

Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval

For those that love quirky architecture and indie films

Wes Anderson’s visual style has quickly become iconic through his indie films like Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tennenbaums, and Life Aquatic (to name some of my favorites). So much so, that an Anderson fan started an Instagram account to post photographs of real-life buildings and interiors that looked like they should be in a Wes Anderson film. This coffee table book is a delight to flip through and an undeniably enjoyable and uplifting visual treat.

See all of of our editors' gift picks for Quirky Reads and Coffee Table Gems.

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by John Meacham

For the historian in your life

A triumphant biography of a civil rights hero that will make you weep and then fill you with hope. Meacham brings his signature eloquence and insight to this biography of John Lewis—a man who put his body on the line and fought for civil rights throughout his life and in so doing helped change America. A remarkable man and a definitive portrait of his life.

See all our editors' gift picks for True Stories, Well Told.

This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day by Hoda Kotb

For those looking for inspiration 

Let's get real: aren't we all looking for inspiration and comfort these days? As co-host of TODAY, Hoda Kotb knows a thing or two about that. Over the years she's interviewed countless celebrities and everyday people. Along the way she's collected a wealth of stories, and her latest book, This Just Speaks to Me, is a collection of those experiences: 365 quotes that provide inspiration, hope, and comfort. From topics like motherhood and friendship, love and loss, Kotb gives us words to live by.

See all our editors' gifts picks for under $25.

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