105 Ways to Give a Book

Again, Yet, Even Twenty-One More Ways to Give a Book

Mission Accomplished! Here’s one more list of gift suggestions, this time with a number of adult titles that should also be fine for older teens. Thanks to Boni Ashburn and Lorie Ann Grover (where are your blogs, ladies?), who gave great suggestions — and made my job that much easier.

I hope that you find these lists helpful in giving books for the holidays and for gifts through the rest of the year. Hey, tell your friends. December is the only time of year I can really earn any money as an Amazon Associate, and that tiny referral fee allows me to rationalize my enormous amount of time on this blog.
  1. Pair Toy Boat with toy boats.

  2. Give Go to Bed, Monster! with a pack of fat crayons and a stack of copy paper from an office supply store.

  3. Give little superheroes Wombat And Fox along with a superhero cape.

  4. Pair Abe Lincoln Crosses A Creek with Lincoln Logs.

  5. What else can go with Monkey With A Tool Belt but a tool belt?

  6. Inspire young builders with Iggy Peck, Architect and a building set.

  7. Take to the ice with book choices Angelina Ice Skates or Katie Kazoo, On Thin Ice or Mia (American Girl) and passes to the local ice-skating rink.

  8. Pair fantasy book Savvy with with an assortment of temporary or henna tattoos.

  9. Take a road trip with Could You? Would You? and passes to a museum or zoo or activity some distance away, so you can use the driving time to ask each other the interesting questions from the book.

  10. Blooming fashionistas will appreciate Paper Fashions (Klutz) (all thirty-five Amazon reviews gave five stars!) along with Fashion Kitty.

  11. Give Inkheart with a movie theater gift card to see the film in January.

  12. Give Looks with the CD Acoustic Soul.

  13. Pair House of Dance with ballroom dance lessons.

  14. Give Life is Sweet with chocolate, any kind.

  15. Buy two copies of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World  — one for you, one for a friend — and make a lunch date to talk about the book and one’s personal quest for happiness.

  16. Give This I Believe II with the first book This I Believe and a journal to capture great revelations of inner truth.

  17. Election withdrawal? Buy Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope or Life’s The American Journey of Barack Obama and throw in an Obama finger puppet just for fun.

  18. Give nonfiction book Fruitless Fall with real honey from a whole foods store.

  19. Match travel memoir-themed books with the... um, drink of the region. Like In a Sunburned County with Yellow Tail wine from Australia or The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific with coconut rum. (Adults only for this gift, obviously.)

  20. Colbert fans and soon-to-be converts need I Am America (And So Can You) along with the greatest gift of all, the DVD A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.

  21. Give The Devil Wears Prada, Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office, and This Little Piggy Went to Prada in a Prada bag (from eBay! C’mon, a girl can dream...)


Anonymous said...

Or you could give the book, "Grandma's First Computer" (shameless self promotion) with a toy computer such as, "Vtech - Genius Notebook".

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Ha! Where's my blog? :~)


Shew. Thanks, MotherReader! Honestly, Looks and House of Dance are tops!

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

These have been so much fun to read - and the Obama finger puppet was.. er.. disturbing!

thanks for so many good ideas!

Beth Kephart said...

Thank you, Lorie Ann and MotherReader. A million thanks (re House of Dance)

Boni Ashburn said...

You're right about this being addicting, Pam! I put up another post with more ideas- feel free to add anything to your own lists :)

Oh, and my blog address is here.

Thanks for all the great ideas!

Doret said...

I love 13. House of Dance is a beautiful book.

Kelly Polark said...

Colbert is sooooo funny!
Great ideas!

Saints and Spinners said...

Thanks for all of these lists! I've paired the First Book of Sushi board book with children's trousers made from sushi-print fabric, but that's a little more labor-intensive than some poeple might prefer!