18 Books to Give This Christmas

I love to read books, but I really love to give books. They’re easy to wrap. They’re usually under $15 and ship quickly. They can be shared and reread for years to come.

My list of books to give has become an annual tradition thanks to prodding from my friend Liz. This Christmas, here are some books that are worth adding to your Christmas list and giving to family and friends.

Children’s Books

Freddy the Frogcaster (series)

I’m a big fan of a book series because it gives you a couple options for holidays and birthdays to come. This series is written by Janice Dean, Fox News senior meteorologist. Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard is not the newest in the series, but it is definitely timely for Christmas.

Let’s Chat About Economics

I interviewed the author for the daily BRIGHT email and love the concept of this book. It’s a good balance to all of the toys that will be collecting dust by March.

Uncle Mugsy and the Terrible Twins at Christmas

Eric Metaxas is one of my favorite authors for adults and children. Mugsy is the perfect character for a Christmas bedtime story.

Thump: The First Bundred Days

Thump, a bunny with very distinct hair, is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. It’s beautifully drawn and written. The kids will adore him and the adults will get a chuckle. In addition to the book, the authors have a unique “BUNdle” on Etsy complete with a book and plush Thump.

Humor

Win Bigly

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has a thought-provoking political observer over the last couple years. This book is basically the actual “What Happened.” I also enjoyed his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the My Life Story.

The Trump Internet Password Book

This one makes a nice stocking stuffer. It’s a humorous little place for someone to write down the many internet passwords they have to remember.

The Social Justice Warrior Handbook: A Practical Survival Guide for Snowflakes, Millennials, and Generation Z

So, you knew this one was going to make list (as well as another book below). Do you know someone who likes to laugh at the current outrage culture? Indulge them with this fun book of parody that’s so factual you’ll want to cry. Or use it to torment your SJW relative.

A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic

There is an ongoing battle on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. This is a fun book to give the person who insists it’s not. (And despite the illustrations, it is definitely not for children.)

Cookbooks

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It

I’m a big fan of all of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks. They’re great for beginners because there are step-by-step photos, but interesting enough for more advanced cooks because it includes a wide-range of cuisines and flavors. This cookbook focuses on quick family meals.

The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World

This is a great book for history fans. The recipes are authentic to the time, so they might not become family staples, but will provide an interesting look into the time of our Founding Fathers. Thankfully, you can use modern tools to make some of the old school recipes.

Keto Comfort Foods

I’ve been eating ketogenic (no sugar, low carb) for a few months now and this has been my go-to cookbook when I find myself getting bored with my regular meals. I don’t consider this a “diet” cookbook, but be sure the receiver is actually interested in keto eating!

Fiction

How to Change a Life

I love Stacey Ballis’s books because there’s usually something about the main character that relates to me and my interests (love of dogs, cooks, single, small business owner, etc.). She also includes recipes in her books.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

This was my favorite summer read. If you love old Hollywood, the story of Evelyn Hugo will intrigue you with its studio-arranged marriages, secret lovers, and gossip columnists.

Use of Force

This is Brad Thor at 11. Navy SEAL Scott Harvath returns and is enlisted by the CIA to help figure out why a well-known terrorist turns up dead and what his connection is to a “spectacular attack” that may be coming.

I Wish I Might

This is my first novel and it’s the perfect gift for women who want an inside look at beauty and lifestyle magazines, with a dose of romance. In a recent book review, S.L.M. Goldberg wrote I Wish I Might is, “Chick lit that’s actually about the chick.” A high compliment from one of my favorite culture writers!

Non-Fiction

Mean Dads for a Better America

Reminiscent of when a father gives his one-thousandth “Things are going to start changing around here” speech, Fox News radio host Tom Shillue’s book will entertain you. By the way, if you’re a fan of the Tom Shillue Show, you should also be a fan of TAS, the wonderful artist who draws each day’s show (and a few special requests for me). TAS has some fun items available for Christmas here.

Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor

I am a Bruce Campbell super fan, but a person doesn’t have to be in order to enjoy this book. Bruce is not your typical actor — he counts himself among “Blue Collar Hollywood.” The behind the scenes look on his various TV shows and movies are great, but I also loved reading about his life among the locals of Oregon.

Real Artists Have Day Jobs: (And Other Awesome Things They Don’t Teach You in School)

I just recently bought this book because the title grabbed me. I’ve always written as a hobby and preferred to have a “day job.” Other chapters include “Put Your Clutter in Purgatory,” “Join the Fancy Club at the Airport,” and “Prioritize Sleep.” It’s a humorous look at the “adulting” genre. Jim Gaffigan said, “it captures the chaos, horror, and joy of a life pursuit of creativity.”