Why You Should Give Books for Christmas

5 Reasons Your Best Gifts Include Good Books

You like to read. (After all, you read my blog.) That means you probably have read some great books over the years. One of the best gifts you can give someone is a book, and I’m convinced we should give books for Christmas. Here’s why.

Why You Should Give Books for Christmas

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Here are give reasons books make great gifts for Christmas. 


5 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

  1. You cut millions of books down to one. When you give a book, you also give your endorsement of it—which helps the recipient in a huge way. You’re saying, “Here’s a book worth your time.” (By the way, I suggest you never recommend a book you haven’t read. I found this out the hard way.)
  2. Books are inexpensive, but they offer huge value. Where else are you going to give a gift so valuable for less than $15? (Bargain shoppers, note: give books for Christmas!) This flows into the next reason . . .
  3. You give someone’s best thinking at a bargain price. If you think about it, a book collects a person’s best thinking on a given topic. You can save thousands of dollars on counseling, tour guides, and courses if you simply read a book on an expert’s topic. Plus, you can read them at your own pace.
  4. Books change lives. Of course, the Bible—the bestseller of all time—changes lives. But how often do you hear someone say, “That movie changed my life!”? I’ve never heard that. But many times someone has told me a book changed their life. I’ve even had people tell me that about my books—which is tremendously humbling.
  5. A book no longer needs a binding (or gift wrapping). Can’t give a physical gift for some reason? Is your friend or family member out of state? No problem. Gift an e-book or audiobook! I recently had a friend ask how to give my book to someone in the Kindle format. Amazon makes it easy to gift any e-book with their “Give as a Gift” button (see the example below).

give an ebook easily

Give Books for Christmas

So give a few books as gifts! These 5 reasons represent only a few reasons to give books for Christmas. (I like to wrap a book in a bigger box so the person doesn’t know it’s a book at first. Makes the surprise even better.)

Not sure what book to give? Here are my readers’ top books. Any of these would make a great gift.

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  • Linnet Musungwini

    I would recommend that you donate,Waiting on God

    • The publisher owns those rights, Linnet, but that’s a great idea. The most I can give away is one chapter—and here it is. Like you, I think generosity is a great idea. That’s one reason I wrote the Grow Strong e-book, as a book I can give away to anyone who subscribes. I sure hope it encourages you. God bless.

  • Marcia Johnson

    I highly recommend Lois Tverberg’s newest book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. It is such an excellent book to help us understand the Bible better in its cultural context. I agree with Todd Bolen that it is my favorite book of the year — http://blog.bibleplaces.com/2017/12/my-favorite-book-of-year-reading-bible.html.

    • I have ordered that book, Marcia! I really look forward to reading it—and perhaps to recommending it on Walking the Bible Lands. God bless.

  • Maridee Sellarole

    For anyone who wonders “Can one person make a difference?”, KISSES FROM KATIE by Katie Davis. It is the inspiring true story of a young woman who went to Africa to volunteer in a school. It is her journey and the story of the vital ministry that resulted. Truly amazing story. She has since married and she has a new book out; DARING TO HOPE:FINDING GOD’S GOODNESS IN THE BROKEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Katie Davis Majors. For those who are hurting, STREAMS IN THE DESERT; a classic devotional – ours is falling apart. TRUSTING GOD by Jerry Bridges was my lifeline for a long time. My husband chooses a new devotional every Christmas for the new year; he uses it to spark further study and to journal the year’s events. This year – TREASURY OF DAILY DEVOTIONS compiled by Charles Edwards – it has multiple authors and looks fabulous. It is out of print but you can buy a used copy on Amazon if you want print like he does or it is $10.00 for the Kindle version. Thanks Wayne! Blessings to you and Cathy.

    • Some GREAT recommendations here, Maridee. Thank you.


    I’d advise the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne but after careful observation….it basically translates into it’s own words what the Bible has been preaching in parables for centuries….

    • Thanks for that recommendation. Sounds interesting!

  • Rev. Bill Reeves

    Books, The Bible, Relationships have transformed my life. Years ago my father helped me move and he said in jest he had nightmares over helping me move my books. My father read the paper everyday and the only book I can remember him reading was “Helter Skelter” about the Manson Murders. I did not become a reader until after I became a Christian. Dr. Wilber Smith, Warren Weirsbe, Mortimer Adler, Howard Hendricks and my own mentor, Pastor Chuck Rains taught me to love books. I was blessed with peers who love books, my friend Mark Huber and his father had a love of books. Read a good book, check out who the author reads. It can be a marvelous trail.

    • So well said, Bill. I agree with you. Books are the best teachers after a teacher who cares enough to look you in the eye. A book you’re reading always looks you in the eye!