The Best Books to Give as Gifts in 2017

Books are some of the best gifts you can give. Lots of gifts, especially during the holidays, end up getting thrown out or never used. Instead of racking your brain (and searching this website) for the perfect gift, you might consider giving a book instead. Books don't have batteries that die, they aren't easily breakable, and their wisdom stays with you long after you closed the cover.

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Books make amazing gifts.

A Book for the Fitness Freak

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Born to Run

Your athletic/runner friend won't be able to put this book down. The book is written by Christopher McDougall who has since given his own TED talk on running.


A Book for the Romantic

The Rosie Project -- A Novel

The Rosie Project

Did you know that Bill Gates has a blog? Well, this book was not only featured on his blog, but Bill Gates also did an interview with the author, Graeme Simsion, that you can view on YouTube. Bill Gates supposes he has given this book to at least 50 of his friends.

The book offers a look into the mind of an, potentially autistic, academic who employs questionnaires in a search for a girlfriend.


A Book for the Psychologist

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Our only worry about this book is that it might be too well-known. In our lists, we try to find unusual and unique gift ideas that your recipient hasn't already received.

The bottom line is that this is one of the best books on behavioral psychology in existence. Author Daniel Kahneman, has won countless prizes and awards for this best-seller.


A Book for the Philosopher

The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America

The Metaphysical Club

Although this book won prizes for history, we're recommending it for your philosophical friends. The actual Metaphysical Club was essentially a philosophy club that met in 1872 in Massachusetts. The members of the club included some of the brightest minds in America. No records were kept about the Club...

You'll have to read the book to find out more.


A Book Idea for the Critical Thinker

An Eternal Golden Braid

An Eternal Golden Braid

This novel by Douglas R. Hofstadter weaves together math, music, art, artificial intelligence, truth, the meaning of life, and so much more. This is not the book for a casual or light reader. But, hopefully, that's exactly what your critical thinker wants.


A Book Idea for the Environmentally Conscious

How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

How Bad Are Bananas?

This book will give your environmentally conscious friends all the facts they need to know about their eco-footprint. We like this book because it doesn't tell people what to do, but it raises awareness about issues that help people make up their own minds.

Is it better to buy a Prius, or ride the bus to work? Just how bad is it to buy fruits that must be shipped from out of country? Spoiler alert: They aren't as bad as tomatoes.


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