It can be difficult to shop for a woman – be she wife, daughter, mother, or friend you’d like to know better. And since Christmas will be here before we know it, I want to help out. Here are 5 non-fiction books I recommend giving her this year.
For the ladies who have found their way to this blog, I recommend checking out my husband’s article, Top 5 Books to Give as Christmas Gifts to Men (All Under $35)
If she is twenty-something…
I became familiar with this book when I stumbled upon Dr. Meg Jay’s TED Talk, “Why 30 Is Not the New 20” which discusses the findings of this amazing book. “Claiming your 20s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world,” she says. “As a culture, we have trivialized what is actually the defining decade of adulthood.” What a great message for young women to hear. Buy it on Amazon here.
If you are married to her…
Or if you are about to propose to her…
When my husband and I were preparing to get married, several friends recommended this book to us. My husband bought it and read it twice before he finally gave it to me. It’s a great reminder of what marriage really means, and has practical advice for young lovers and timely reminders for long-time marrieds. Of all the marriage advice books that we read, this by far is the one from which I learned the most. Buy it on Amazon here.
If she is an entrepreneur…
This book was required reading for me in graduate business school. It is one of the most accessible and common-sense approaches to starting a business that I have ever read. In a world of Etsy and Pinterest, Amazon and Kickstarter, any woman with a favorite craft or special skill can start a business. If she is at all interested in being an entrepreneur, there is no better way to say “I support your dreams” than helping her achieve them. Buy it on Amazon here.
If she is passionate about changing the world…
This book takes a hard, honest look at what causes poverty—broken relationships. Corbett and Fikkert make measured, logical and exceedingly practical recommendations on how to help the poor on an individual level–the level at which our own spiritual poverty is also aided. Any woman who aims to be a world-changer needs to read this book. Buy it on Amazon here.
If she is breathing… seriously, any woman would qualify here…
For a decade, Stacy London helped transformed the looks, but more importantly, the lives of hundreds of guests who have appeared on TLC’s What Not to Wear. Sadly, the series recently ended, but London’s style advice has been preserved for us for all eternity in this handy book. The important thing to remember here is that London’s philosophy about style has very little to do with appearances – in this book she works through her own emotional baggage, physical and emotional scars, and insecurities. As her show’s co-star, Clinton Kelly, says, “If you do not have confidence… you do not have style.” Buy it on Amazon here.
What if she isn’t a “reader?”
Some women won’t fit into these categories. Even the final category which theoretically encompasses every female, there will be women who would rather just watch reruns of the show rather than read the book. For these, there are three additional suggestions.
If you don’t know what brands of makeup she uses, it’s ok. Buying a makeup “accessory” such a good set of makeup brushes will fill that desire in a similar way. It gives her the feeling of luxury, and they don’t run out the way makeup does. Also, #protip, I would recommend that you observe which brushes she used the most and perhaps replace those in the future. Buy it on Amazon here.
2) Santoku Knife
This one also made my husband’s list of gifts for a man. But come on, ladies like a good knife too. And this is the best. Does she like to cook? Does she wish she could cook more? Do you wish she would cook more? Having a quality knife makes cooking easier, faster, and more precise. Buy it on Amazon here.
Not just any shotgun – a pretty one. Like this Benelli Legacy Sport with game scene etching. This may be going out on a limb, but if you like hunting and she is married/dating you or is related to you, there is a decent chance that she will go hunting with you if you ask nicely. There is no way of asking more nicely than buying her a beautiful, high-quality gun. I realize that some guys don’t want their wife/girlfriend/sister/daughter to go hunting with them because it’s their alone time, but this is still a good idea. If they respond well to the gift, and are not upset with you over the price tag, the benefits outweigh the costs of them going hunting with you on occasion. Again, this is going out on a limb, but I have personally been bugging my husband about wanting a shotgun. So I can attest that there is at least one of us out there – and probably many more.
This one’s not on Amazon! Check it out on Benelli’s website instead.