Winter is coming, and so is gift-giving season. Fortunately, the BookPage editors have selected their very favorite gift books for 2019, so make your list, check it twice and then dash off to your local bookstore.
For homebodies who are secretly glad their plans got canceled
If you can’t convince your introverted friends to come out to your holiday party, just leave one of these comfy, cozy, beautiful books on their doorstep instead.
For the friend who’s read more books than you
Book lovers, bibliomaniacs, librarians at heart—call them what you will, some readers take the contents of their shelves very seriously.
For the human who likes animals more than people
Cats, dogs and wildlife mixed with humor, art and photographic beauty—these books offer a bit of everything.
For the gardener, the composter, the lover of flowers
As in one of the loveliest lines attributed to Margaret Atwood, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
For the outdoorsy person who’s always planning their next hike
Find your way home with these special books.
For the friend with the best dinner reservations
These books jump out of the oven and onto your shelf.
For the eternally, incurably curious
They’ve got probing minds and roving intellects. They simply must unlock the secrets of every subject. And they’re going to love these books.
For your most stressed-out friend
The world is a tad intense these days. This holiday season, don’t hesitate to give your loved ones (or yourself) a helping hand.
For the mensch with the most
The nights are getting longer, the weather is getting colder, and Hanukkah is just around the corner.
For trailblazers and seekers of inspiration
It’s always a delight to celebrate the women who make us laugh, who have shaped popular culture and politics and who have defined (and redefined) aging.
For resisters & persisters
Four books honor our friends who fight for justice, the right to love and the possibility of a better future.
For the culture vulture who’s seen everything
Why choose between the page and the screen? These books are great for the friend who wants to enjoy the two together.
For the film buff who dreams in black and white
These four books usher readers behind the scenes and offer a bit of dish, a lot of insight and plenty of glam Old Hollywood fun.
For musicians, audiophiles and anyone with a song in their heart
These are sure to please the person at your holiday gathering who always asks, “Hey, do you mind if I change the music?”
For the artistic soul plugged in to all creative outlets
Creativity is often born under unexpected circumstances, as these books so beautifully demonstrate.
For new parents
New babies need all sorts of paraphernalia—but don’t forget that new parents need prezzies, too.
For the young and the young at heart
Three delightful new Disney-related titles have arrived in time for the gift-giving weeks that lie ahead, with options for adults and little readers alike.
For YA readers who can’t wait to see how the story ends (or continues!)
Anyone who’s been reading along with some of the most popular YA series would be overjoyed to find one of these titles in their stocking.