I so happen to think, in my humble and definitely not biased opinion, that books are a GREAT gift for any occasion. Personally, books are my favourite things to receive as gifts, including vouchers for book stores. I know people say that vouchers are a “cop-out” type gift but how can that POSSIBLY be true when it comes to books? With Mothers’ Day approaching, I wanted to share 10 books to gift this Mother’s Day.
My Mum is the reason I love reading and books as much as I do. She introduced me to books from an extremely young age, reading to me as a child before I was confident enough to read to myself. My journey into reading very much started with her.
The goal would obviously be to read as many books as you could during the Summer break and your name would move along a snake on the wall, to show how many books you had read.
As you can probably guess, I always made it to the end. Along with a small handful of other kids, I read the most amount of books out of everyone who attempted the challenge.
And my Mum and I still share a love of books. We’re both ALWAYS reading, going to the library, buying books and talking about books. Whilst our tastes have changed a little over the years, we both still share the love immensely.
So that being said, I always gift my Mum a book for almost every occasion (partially so I can steal it afterwards) and Mother’s Day is no different. Before we look at some books to gift this Mother’s Day, let’s talk about why books make a great gift:
So, why do books make a great gift?
They can be personal
Books can be a lovely personal gift, especially if you know someone well enough to know what their favourite genres are. You might also want to consider gifting them non-fiction books, based on topics they like or something they might need at that time
They’re affordable but thoughtful
Books are super affordable but at the same time, a really thoughtful gift, especially based on what I just said above. It can take a while to choose the perfect book for someone, so really, the price doesn’t matter. It really is the though that counts.
You can support small by buying books
Although Amazon and places like Waterstones are super convenient for book buying (and I’m not about to tell you to NEVER use those places because some people need to), there are plenty of independent book shops you can support at the same time as buying someone a lovely gift.
They can open up conversation
Books are a wonderful conversation starter. I remember going to a car meet-up with my partner (who loves his cars) and I got chatting to a woman there about books for over an hour and a half – turns out we loved the same books!
There’s something for everyone
No matter who you’re buying for, there’s a book for everyone. Non-fiction books about a topic they find interesting, their favourite genre of fiction books or perhaps self-improvement or personal growth books a friend might need.
They spark creativity
Books are the gift that keep on giving and long after you’ve exchanged gifts, books can continue to spark creativity and inspiration in the person who owns it and reads it.
They’re easy to buy and send
If you’re not able to get out of the house, books are still a super easy give to send online. There’s endless places to buy books, so you’re never going to be stuck for finding somewhere to stock them!
Here are 10 books to gift this Mother’s Day:
The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
I thought The Vanishing Half was absolutely spectacular – I devoured every page – so a book I rate so highly would absolutely be a recommendation in my books to gift this Mother’s Day. It explores race, privilege, love and family and is a shockingly good read.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Deliah Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing is a certainly a book that can whisk you away on a warm Summer’s day. The beautiful prose and stunning landscape building is almost too good to pass up.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Book Lovers is the perfect rom-com in my opinion – and I don’t really like rom-coms! I absolutely LOVED Book Lovers and the chemistry between the two main characters was electric. A real good bloody read.
Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley
I don’t read much romantic fiction, chick-lit or women’s fiction if I’m honest but there are a few that stand out to me and Ivy Lane is definitely one of them. I thought this was a super sweet read and would make the perfect gift this Mother’s Day!
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson-Walker
Karen Thompson-Walker is one of my favourite authors and her newer book, The Dreamers, didn’t disappoint. For something a bit different, I think this would make a great gift and will certainly be a book to really get lost in.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
For ultimate inspiration and motivation, you cannot go wrong with Michelle Obama. Becoming blew me away and I think for anyone who’s interested in the Obama’s – especially Michelle – it’s an excellent read (she also makes the political elements super easy to understand for us!)
The Couple At No.9 by Claire Douglas
For Thriller lovers, you cannot go wrong with Claire Douglas. Thriller Queen, master of endings, killer of twists. She could write the manual for a toaster and I’d still buy it. The Couple At No.9 is a great option for the Thriller lover!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Ah, Little Women. The perfect book gift for any Mother or Mother figure in my humble opinion. For those that love classics as well, a beautiful copy of Little Women could make a great gift.
Happy by Fearne Cotton
It’s definitely not just fiction that makes a great gift! If your Mum or Mother figure needs a little pick-me-up, then perhaps something like Happy by Fearne Cotton would be a thoughtful book-related gift.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Something else that’s a little different but utterly mesmerizing, is Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Written in a stunning poetic prose, this book is definitely a perfect gift for a book lover.
So whether your Mum or Mother figure loves her Thriller books, a good autobiography or memoir or something a bit more light-hearted, you’re bound to find something suitable in the list.
And also learn how and why books make some of the BEST gifts.
I hope this will prompt you to consider gifting books more – not just for Mother’s Day bit for any occasion!
Have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend? Do you like giving books as gifts? Let me know!
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