Holiday gift ideas

Today it snowed in Manhattan for the first time this season. You know what that means? The holidays are here.

It may not officially be holiday season until Black Friday hits stores, transforming shoppers across the country into characters straight out of Lord of the Flies, but it’s never a bad idea to get a head start. In fact, rather than wait in an endless line for the new iPad, try giving a book as a gift. I always enjoy unwrapping a good story, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

The key is to choose the right book. That’s why I’m coming to you. I need suggestions. And don’t be afraid to get creative. In fact, it’s encouraged. Nothing says “I didn’t really try” like buying someone a bestseller they’ve already read (although I suppose that asking for ideas over the internet comes close).

What you need to know

Dad: likes legal thrillers, sports books, military history

Mom: likes any controversial nonfiction (especially something health-related), thrillers, romance

Sister: likes everything from YA to literary fiction to books on psychology, no science fiction or fantasy though

So get in the Christmas spirit! Share your suggestions!

3 Responses to Holiday gift ideas

  1. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    Your ommission of any fictional younger brother in this scenario is telling, and reflects an attitude in publishing that boys don’t even show up on the radar. Not that I’m complaining; my project is aimed at girls exclusively, and I make sure any strong boy characters are either dead or offstage by the end of the book so your sister should love it. Boys? Let ’em eat video games!

  2. Anonymous says:


    Mom- anything by Suzanne Summers.

    Dad- collection of Tom Clancy novels or new Grisham book.

    Sister- Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

    Hope these ideas help . I’m narrowing it down, too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    For Mom: Saving Sammy:Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD by Beth Alison Maloney

    Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America by Linda Godfrey

    Dad: Imperfect: An Improbably Life by Jim Abbott

    Sister: The Scavenger’s Daughters by Kay Bratt

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