During this holiday season, I’m committed to gift my family and friends with presents of some significance. What could be more significant than a gift from the heart? Is there such a thing, you ask? Yes, there is! I immediately think of two: books and music. Right now, let’s just talk about books.
It is kind of tricky: To make it “significant” it helps to be emotionally close to those people. Knowing their dreams, goals, worries, fears and habits will guide you to find the perfect books. Think about your parents, siblings, partner, cousins, best friends or co-workers. Don’t you know a bit about their lives? I’m sure you do, so take that knowledge as your “Santa’s helper” and go get shopping.
What if you are thinking about someone new in your life? I will tell you a recent secret of mine when it comes to shopping books for others. Let’s face it — most of us are hooked on Instagram. Therefore, I search their Instagram following list and use it as my partner in crime. Chances are that they might be using or reposting fantastic quotes from one of their favorite Instagram sensational writers.
Eureka! Now go and visit those writers. Find out if they have published a book lately. Is the subject of the book related to that person or will it be of any interest? Imagine their faces at the moment of opening presents and realizing that you took the time to care and gift them with those words that they so often “like” on Instagram.
In here, I give you an example of twelve great books that I already searched and ordered as presents. These books are perfect for almost everyone. I added a small summary about each book.
Most of us start New Year’s with a list of new commitments — books are an extraordinary way to help support those commitments.
1. All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson
My first choice is a Goodreads Choice semifinalist for Poetry Book of the Year for 2015. The book All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson is a beautiful collection of romantic poems. Gregson is magnificent. I warn you that anybody that reads his poems becomes a fan immediately. (Amazon: Kindle $10, Paperback $11)
2. Black Butterfly by Robert M. Drake
Black Butterfly by Robert M. Drake — a book the author dedicated to someone he lost. A black butterfly in some places is a symbol of life and rebirth after death. Maybe someone you know had a very rough year, shed several tears on your shoulders and is in need of comfort. This person would benefit from this book. (Amazon: Kindle $8, Paperback $13)
3. Letters, to the Men I Have Loved by Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol
Letters, to the Men I Have Loved by Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol is dedicated to the men who motivated the author’s personal growth. Give this flawless gift to celebrate a best friend who is doing perfect on her own after a breakup. (Amazon: Kindle $10, Paperback $17)