I’ve always prided myself on giving great gifts, but I especially love when I can find a book to give as a gift that I just know my friends and family members are going to love. There are truly are books out there for everyone, but I’ve noticed throughout the years that the books I’m looking for fall into one of five categories at Christmas time: history, politics, self-help, and adult or young adult fiction. With that in mind, and knowing that all our FFL readers love a good book, here are twenty-five books that would make great gifts for the people in your life this Christmas season, sorted by these major categories.
Whether it’s your dad, your grandfather, or your aunt who is getting her PhD in American history, these books will keep them occupied for several hours and maybe teach them a thing or two too!
Napoleon: A Life by Adam Zamoyski
Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts
Leaders: Myth and Reality by Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jay Mangone
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher
Politics and Political Memoirs
No one wants to talk politics at Christmas, but you can still give those politico around the Christmas tree a book to scratch that itch.
The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors by Charles Krauthammer
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Back in the Game: One Gunman, Countless Heroes, and the Fight for My Life by Representative Steve Scalise
Where You Go: Life Lessons from My Father by Charlotte Pence
Self-Help and Pop Culture
Moms, aunts, cousins, and older sisters always seem to be making resolutions and goals and planning for a better future, so why not give them a book that helps them be more reflective?
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable by Jen Sincero
Fabulous and Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Working Women by Michelle Medlock Adams and Gena Maselli
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lyla TerKeurst
I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller
Everyone loves a good novel. Whether they prefer murder mysteries, romances, sweeping stories, or science fiction, you’ll find something that will draw them in.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriaty
An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by Hank Green