I love buying people books as presents! I also love receiving books as presents because who doesn’t?! I have a Wishlist going on Amazon all year long for the books I want for Christmas (you can find it here if you want to treat me!), however the majority of people won’t have a pre-prepared Wishlist.

Here’s my tips on how to pick the right book for the right person!

1) Start Off With a Genre…

This may seem obvious, but think about the person’s hobbies and interests to begin with. To pick the best book for them, you have to think quite carefully about what they like. This is especially useful for people who aren’t massive bookworms.

For example:

Are they into cooking? Start searching for recipe books and narrow it down from there. They struggle for time? Then narrow that down to quick meals. If they’re an amateur, then narrow that down to quick and easy meals. If they’re vegan/vegetarian, then you can narrow it down even further.

Sit and think for a while about their exact interests, especially if it’s non-fiction you’re buying, and then you can keep narrowing it down until you find that specific book that will suit them perfectly and make a special present.

2) Is It For a Fellow Bookworm?

Bookworms are both easier and harder to buy for than occasional readers.

I will never buy people books that I haven’t yet read myself. I enjoy sharing my love for certain books by buying them as presents so I will have someone to talk to about them with! If they have Goodreads, I will stalk their page and see what sort of books they have marked as read and work out if there’s any books I have read that I think they will enjoy based on that. If they don’t have Goodreads, I will always have a few books in my head that are what I see as safe options – obscure titles that a lot of people haven’t heard of, but they are the type that are enjoyable by anyone.

However, Bookworms will always have their own personal favourite genres. If you know this, great! If you don’t, this may be a bit of a stab in the dark for you!

3) Celebrity Books

Again, if you’re buying for someone who isn’t a massive bookworm, this is a really good option. If you know who their favourite celebrity is, search to see if they have brought out any books.

There’s a massive range – just a few that I can think of straight away are:

  • Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Tom Hanks
  • Rhett and Link
  • Jason Segal

They’re easy books to pick out – as long as they don’t already own them!

4) Novelty Books

Novelty books are a bit of a final option for me. They’re for when I want to buy someone a book but have run out of options of what to buy them. I’m not saying that they don’t made as good a present as any other books – but in my opinion they are less personal than picking a novel you think a person will like. However, if the title of the book makes you think of that particular person, then it is made for them!

Are you giving any books for presents this year?

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  1. Personally, I love novelty books.

    One year I got my ex an “Art of Punk” book. Novelty, yes. But he’s also into the punk scene a bit, so it resonated.
    “Diary of a Creepy-Ass Doll” is another favorite I’ve purchased as a gift, it went down really well with my kooky Goth friend. ^_^

    When I tell people I like Sci-Fi novels, most of the time their minds immediately jump to robots and dystopia. Been there, done that – gimme a fun Space Opera!

    So I totally agree – buying books as gifts can be either super fun or super challenging!

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