Are you looking for the best book gifts for the holidays? We’ve gathered together 30+ of the hottest books for the holidays this year and paired them with fun toys and other items. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, if you’re like millions of other parents, you want to find special books gifts for nieces, nephews, siblings, parents, friends…everyone! There are so many great books out there that the pictures and the words are gifts in themselves! But how to take it to the next level of awesome? We’re sharing tons of ideas to create a great themed gift.
In this article, you’ll find lots of books and coordinating toys, certificates, activities or other ideas that you can include in with your book to really amp up the “wow” factor this holiday.
PICTURE BOOK GIFTS
With the Beauty and the Beast movie coming out this spring, everything Beauty is a sure bet. Get the classic little golden book, or a non-Disney version of the French fairy tale, like this gorgeous Beauty and the Beast set in Africa. Pair with the 25th edition blue-ray movie and/or this yellow dress, or red winter dress.
Books featuring girls as scientists include Normal Norman (one of my son’s favs), best-selling Ada Twist, Scientist, and The Most Magnificent Thing (I bought this for my niece!). Add a science kit, or even a Pinterest DIY science kit. Or buy a monthly subscription to Steve Spangler’s science kits. (more about Steve Spangler here.)
Note! The science kits have suggested age range.
Newbery Award winning Last Stop on Market Street is perfect for an “experience” gift if you pair it with a ticket for a “bus adventure” (or train, or light rail, or…). With strategic stops in the city, this becomes an awesome family adventure.
Maybe Something Beautiful is based on a true story about a little girl who participated in a city-wide beautification project. For an aspiring artist, combine this book with colored pencils or other art supplies.
GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR EARLY READERS
Mighty Robot is one of the earliest (aka: for the kids just learning to read) chapter books available. Mighty Robot has bright, full-color graphics on every page and the illustrator is the a-mazing Dan Santat. Consider adding Robot papercraft for a knock-out combo.
Sketch Monsters is another graphic novel for early readers. I love the message of acknowledging your emotions. The character in this book is an artist, so a coordinating sketch journal and/or colored pencils is perfect.
The Salt Water Taffy books are lesser known graphic novels, but they’re my boys’ favorite! The stories are about two brothers and their beach town summer adventures. These are perfect with anything beach-y, like salt water taffy.
Note! My boys thought #3 was a little creepy, with skeletons and a ghost, but 1, 2, 4 & 5 had the perfect balance of adventure and suspense.
CHAPTER BOOK GIFTS
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (aka: HP #2) will likely be one of the most popular book gifts this year. Another Harry Potter (HP) book to consider is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This is a script, not a regular novel, but is very popular with HP fans. Adding an HP themed poster, accessory, t-shirt, or toy will rock your gift.
Raymie Nightingale, one of my favs from this year, is set in 1975 when girls across the country dreamed of spinning batons. Combo ideas include: swimming lessons, a black cat stuffed animal (symbol of hope), or anything 70’s style (like these updated legwarmers)!
Fablehaven Book of Imagination is an activity book, perfect for Fablehaven fans. This activity book includes coloring pages, mazes, origami, make-your-own potions, quotes, and tons more! Gift this with fantasy items like a unicorn horn or slippers.
YOUNG ADULT (YA) BOOK GIFTS
The Selection Series is a fantasy-princess-esque story all about fashion and make-up, so make Sephora your BFF. If the gift recipient doesn’t like the make-up after trying it, they can return it via mail or take it to the brick-and-mortar store. (How convenient is that?!)
Black Out is a near-future sci-fi novel. Pull inspiration from the gold cover and include gold earrings or gold ring holder. Or consider something more outdoorsy (aka: survival-ish), like a slouchy beanie (or any accessory in black), or a handy keychain.
A contemporary story about a strong young woman is I am Malala. I like this novel combined with a donation to your favorite charity, like the Red Cross.
BOOK GIFTS FOR ADULTS
Is it just me, or are mermaids everywhere right now? The Mermaid’s Sister is classic faerie tale with a touch of fable. Pair this with the knit mermaid tails that have hit the interwebs in a big way, or an ocean inspired body wash.
Note: The Mermaid’s Sister is also a good option for high-level YA readers. (It’s considered a “clean read”.)
Looking for a romance novel? A Heart Revealed is a “proper romance” meaning, you can gift this to your grandmother, friend, or mother-in-law without cringing at what might be in the content. Add some chocolates and you have a winning combination.
Note! There’s a second book written in this “world” called Lord Fenton’s Folly.
FINAL TIPS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THEMED BOOK GIFTS:
These books and gifts are just ideas to get you started. If you like the picture book ideas above, check out more here: favorite picture books from 2015 and diverse picture book round-up. You know your family members and friends best; this article is a jumping off point to get your creative juices flowing. Now get out there and put together a themed gift for your loved one. Too busy for creativity? Remember any book with a soft blanket and some hot chocolate makes a lovely, well-appreciated gift, no matter the age! Do you have other awesome theme book combos to add? Share them below!
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