Books to Gift This Holiday Season

 Books make the best gifts at the holidays! They are always the right size, and you never have to worry about a color preference or operating system. I have rounded up some of my favorite options for all ages to share with you. You will love these titles for holiday gifting! This list has something for everyone on it, and these titles are all budget friendly, which is as important as ever this year!

  

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Inklings are bright, colorful and unique plush toys and books that spark a child's imagination. Gus, Ollie, Wobby are lovable creatures who come to life through the imagination of children.  The Inklings remind us that as long as you have your imagination, you’re never really alone. Find these cuties at Target this holiday season for $20 each set.


This hilarious new book from the out-of-this-world Sandra Boynton will have Earthlings big and small giggling with delight. Order this cute book  How Big is Zagnodd? for about $8. 


From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle comes this brand-new interactive board book, You're My Little Baby features sweet text about baby love and touch-and-feel elements throughout! Order for about $8.





Ride shotgun on a trip to space with astronaut Terry Virts. A born storyteller with a gift for the surprising turn of phrase and eye for the perfect you-are-there details, he captures all the highs, lows, humor, and wonder of an experience few will ever know firsthand. Featuring stories covering survival training, space shuttle emergencies, bad bosses, the art of putting on a spacesuit, time travel, and much more! Order How to Astronaut for about $28.

Americans LOVE umami, even if they don’t realize it: From smoky bacon and ketchup-slathered cheeseburgers to anchovy-rich Caesar dressing and buttery garlic bread, umami flavor permeates many of the most beloved dishes. But most people associate the Japanese term for this fifth taste (along with salty, sweet, sour, and bitter) with meat. Now, award-winning cookbook author Raquel Pelzel explores how to bring the savory taste typically characteristic of cooked meats to vegetable-forward dishes in Umami Bomb. Get this book for about $20.


Life’s too short for boring questions and games, so we have just what you need! Look no further than The Try Not to Laugh Challenge’s Would Your Rather? - EWW Edition for one of the best additions to a family game night, long road trips, parties, and MORE!  Order this book for about $7.


Give kids the gift of school readiness with the Brain Quest line from Workman. These chunky workbooks have loads of activities for kids to give their brains a workout! Get an assortment of Brain Quest books for kids of a variety of ages for about $13.


Give tweens and teens a crash course in a variety of subjects with the Big Fat Notebook series. These are packed with so much info that is useful. Order one, or two for some smart kids on your shopping list to help them learn to study smarter for about $17.



Origami City is a recent release where kids can fold paper creations of skyscrapers, cars; everything that makes a city a city! And for those out-of-this-world space kids, we also have Star Wars Origami 2! In addition to the first book, this one has thirty-four new characters and beloved moments from the Star Wars universe to bring to life. Get these titles for under $25 each.



Give little learners a big advantage with their education with these Big Learning Tablets from School Zone. These books are packed with activities and lessons that are fun and beneficial to kids.
You can get singles, multipacks and learning kits starting at about $3 and up.




In today’s hectic, stress-filled world, taking stock of one’s blessings and truly experiencing gratefulness isn’t always easy, but this coloring book from the creators of the bestselling Whatever Is Lovely offers a beautiful and unique way to find moments of peace and quiet to meditate on gratitude. Each of the 45 single-sided coloring pages features an original design from one of seven talented artists that illustrates a corresponding inspirational quote from renowned authors such as Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Goff, Mr. Rogers, and more. Order Choose Joy for about $15. 


The new Shore Buddies plush collection is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles! It takes six plastic bottles to make one 12" stuffed animal.  They even make authentic animal sounds when pressed too! The company is also dedicated to giving back, and $1 from each purchase is given to charities that support Marine life.  Get a few friends and the book this holiday season for a young reader on your list. Get the book for $12. The stuffed animals are $20.

This book, The Don't Laugh Challenge Joke Book,  gives kids a chance to learn some new jokes with a friend. Kids won't want to put this stocking stuffer edition down as it is a holly jolly good time!  Order it for about $8.


 Songs for Little Love Bugs is a collection of original songs for babies and young children you won’t hear anywhere else and a companion book full of watercolor paintings. Order for $15.


He's Not Just Teasing recently won a gold status Mom's Choice Award.  He’s Not Just Teasing is a quick-read chapter book focused on teaching children ages 9 through 12 the differences between teasing and bullying, and how to deal with both.  Parents can read this book with their children (or children could read on their own) to promote meaningful conversations about bullying and how to deal with it.  When parents are busy, it's hard to have the energy to tackle a subject like this. Order for about $13.


Amazon best-seller Welcome to Superhero School is the debut novel by Gracie Dix, a 17-year-old high school senior. The book is the first in a series called The Vork Chronicles which follows a group of teenage friends learning to control their unique superhero-like abilities. Siblings Oliver and Jess set off with their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork, sending them from subterranean sewers to lush jungles as they encounter everything from dinosaurs to dragons. Order from amazon for under $13.




This is a great, unique gift for dads, uncles, grandpas, or anyone who loves not only food, but also gangster movies! Frank Cullotta was best known for his exploits as an associate of the Chicago Outfit and his role as Tony Spilotro’s enforcer and street lieutenant in Las Vegas. The character "Frankie" in Casino is based on Frank, who was a consultant for the movie. However, he had another interest besides crime. He loved to cook. In this book, he shares some of his favorite recipes for your eating pleasure. Although Frank died on August 20, 2020, his memory will live on every time you prepare one of these lip-smacking dishes. Order for about $23.

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