Paperback Presents: A Holiday Gift Guide for the Hard-To-Please

Seven books to help you wrap up your gift buying and satisfy that one last person who's impossible to buy for.

Paperback Presents: Holiday Gift Guide for Difficult PeoplePaperback Paris

Okay, it’s officially gift-buying go-time!

Christmas is less than a week away, and luckily we have a holiday gift guide in mind for that one person you’ve probably been putting off buying a gift for, until now. I’m talking about that friend who you have no idea what to gift them. Yeah, the person who’s impossible to appease because they either have “everything,” want nothing, or are too cool for literally everyone that no gift will surprise or satisfy them. Fret not, I’ve got a gift guide for that!

In fact, there are, in fact, seven somewhat random yet fantastic books that’ll definitely (probably) make anyone happy. (And if all else fails and you’re still unconvinced, check out our previous holiday guides for a bit of last-minute motivation.)

It’s time to cross that final gift off your to-buy list, and one of these bookish treats, below, may do the trick.

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1. Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days, Jeanette Winterson

Synopsis: For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmas—a time of celebration, sharing, and giving—she offers these twelve plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson’s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers

What they’ll love: When I learned this book came out last year, I ran to the closest bookstore and immediately bought it. I promised myself I’d make it a tradition to read it every year in the days leading up to Christmas. Even if Winterson wasn’t one of my favorite writers, I’d still love this book. A lot. It’s a really comforting collection of holiday stories and fun recipes in a pretty dark blue and silver hardback. It feels special and makes for a really good holiday present for just about anyone.

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Carliann Rittman
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Currently at NYU, probably feverishly reading messy memoirs about musicians.