Giving gifts is hard sometimes. But there truly is a book out there for everyone, and in honor of the holiday season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas to suit your hyper-specific gift-giving dilemmas. Whether you need a book to shut someone up or to open someone’s mind, we’ve got the book picks that will make your days merry and bright.
For the 20-something
Life may not make much sense right now, and adulting is pretty hard. This reader may appreciate this callback to his childhood and the valuable (and hilarious) lessons learned there.
For the techie
For the techie who won’t stop staring at her iPhone at dinner, give the gift of The Innovators by Walter Isaacson. This history of the digital revolution will shock and inspire the recipient, and maybe, just maybe, get her to talk about something other than Google at dinner.
For the avid hiker-turned-city dweller
There are definite perks to living in a big city, but access to the great outdoors isn’t really one of them. For the city-dwelling outdoorsman in your life, pick up this volume of hikes within 60 miles of New York City.
For the classics major home for winter break
Maybe you’re tired of the know-it-all classics major in your life translating everything into Ancient Greek or Latin now that she is home for break and bored. This gripping novel by Donna Tartt about a small major that commits a major crime will keep her occupied.