6 Meaningful, Captivating Books to Gift This Holiday Season

A book recommendation for every person in your life

Kolina Cicero


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You may have heard the rule about gifting: want/need/wear/read. It’s cute, and it rhymes so it’s easy to remember. But I say why not skip the first three and just gift a book? Or several? I’m steadfast in my belief that books make the best gift. They don’t dip in and out of fashion, they can be passed around or reread, and they can take you out of your world and into another. Books teach us lessons and help instill empathy within readers. They are, in short, the perfect gift.

If you don’t know what books to gift this holiday season, or to whom, I’ve got you covered.

For your writer friend, your friend who’s gone through hard times recently, your friend who needs a reminder to take care of themselves, or your friend who simply loves a good read, here are six books to gift this holiday season:

Love & Saffron by Kim Fay

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I heard author Kim Fay explain on a podcast that she wrote the first draft of this book as a love letter to send to her friends during the beginning of the Covid lockdown. She wanted them to feel the warm fuzzies we all so desperately lacked in the heat of quarantine. To the utter fortune of those of us who are not Fay’s personal friends, she ended up publishing the book so we can all read it.

It’s a novel in the form of letters exchanged between two women in the 1960s. They talk about food and Kennedy’s assassination and love, and they frequently top the letters off with brilliant recipes. It’s a delicious rapport full of innocence and admiration, respect and reckoning. And it’s under 200 pages, so it’s a brisk read for those who either don’t manage to find the time to read or who are returning to their love of reading. This book will surely suck them back in.

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