21 Best Books to Gift During the Holidays
It’s that time of year when we scramble to find the best holiday gift. As you fight the crowds or search endless websites, wondering what Aunt Susie or little Joey really want for Christmas. Hopefully, these tips will make your gift-giving easier. Give the gift that keeps on giving—a book. Books are much more than pages with ink. The crafted collections of thoughts and words bring encouragement, knowledge, and a place of escape from a person’s current situation. Add the Christian faith, and they become a conduit of hope. Check out these 21 best books to gift during the holidays.
Let’s see if we can get some gifts crossed off your holiday shopping list.
Fiction Book Gift Ideas
Fiction books are a great way to take a little vacation from your current life situation. These books will often increase your knowledge of history, culture, or other subject matters while entertaining your mind.
The Kremlin Conspiracy: A Marcus Ryker Series Political and Military Action Thriller by Joel C. Rosenberg
This is the first book in a series of 4 action-packed suspense thrillers. Rosenberg intertwines political and military action with relatable characters and mind-blowing situations to keep you on the edge of your seat. He also includes biblical prophecy and themes to bring an added twist.
The Dead Don’t Dance and Maggie (The Awakening Series) by Charles Martin
Walk with Dylan and Maggie Styles, a happy young couple, as they go through some of life’s greatest tragedies. Set in South Carolina, the warmth of southern hospitality pours out of the pages to comfort the reader as they experience the pain this lovable couple endures. This series highlights the power of God’s grace and connection to bring healing and hope to the brokenhearted.
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
A modern love story that isn’t just about the growing relationship between a man and a woman; but illustrates God’s gift of redemption that fosters true healing. Bringing two broken people together through the love of God.
The Baby Chronicles by Beatrice Bruno
This story follows four baby girls from their time together in heaven through their earthly assignment; where they eventually meet in the US Army. The interesting conversations and relationships will cause you to think about where you were before you were ever born.
Nonfiction Books to Gift
Nothing like a good God story to increase your faith and hope. Whether they are individual short stories of when God shows up and shows out, or reading someone’s testimony that spans several months or years; God never ceases to be God! Give the gift of wonder and amazement this Holiday season.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill
Reading a book that takes place during the Holocaust may seem discouraging; however, this book is anything but depressing. Corrie Ten Boom shares her powerful testimony to the goodness and faithfulness of God while she was being held in the German concentration camps of World War II. God performs miracle after miracle in her testimony, which is bound to increase your faith in who God is and what He can do in our lives.
The Jesus Revolution by Greg Laurie
A powerful look at the revival called The Jesus Revolution that swept across America in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This book shares the history and cultural climate that set the stage for many to experience this move of the Holy Spirit.
A Shattered Heart: A Journey of Hope, Trust, and Healing by Monica Hawkins
Take an emotional and restorative walk with Monica Hawkins as she shares the journey she took with God surrounding the murder of her son. She shares how her faith was challenged, but she ultimately learned how to bow to God’s sovereignty. Through her pain and shattered heart, you too will find new hope, trust, and healing from God.
A collection of short stories of how God showed up and showed out. Some authors didn’t know God, while others were strong believers. For all of them, they share a moment in life where they experienced a life altering God encounter. Be encouraged by each of these amazing testimonies.
365 Ways to Love Your Child By Julie Lavender
In 365 Ways to Love Your Child, Julie encourages moms, dads, and anyone who works with children to show kids every day with simple but meaningful gestures and activities how very much they are loved.
Devotionals: Best Way to Start Your Day
What if you could give a gift of encouragement and growth? You can! A devotional is a wonderful way to extend the impact of your gift beyond Christmas morning. Your friend can start every day by reading and reflecting on The Word of God!
Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Journey By Bob Goff
Start each day with Bob Goff’s trademark storytelling and unique perspective on viewing the world. With short meditations, scripture references, and contemplative questions, this book is a great resource for individuals, couples, or families to come together and focus on The Word of God and how to effectively apply it in their lives.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence By Sarah Young
Experience a deeper intimacy with Jesus through this daily devotional. Starting your day off with words of hope and encouragement will help you experience more peace, joy, and love throughout the day.
The Morning Cup: A Sweet Inspirations Collection Vol 1 & Vol 2 By Mother Judy Hines
Set the course of your day to experience the abundant blessings of God by diving into His Word with these inspirational devotionals. Grab your Bible, a cup of coffee, and let Mother Judy Hines illuminate the promises of God. These books are in large print to make reading easier.
Seeking Joy Through the Gospel of Luke: A Christmas to Calvary Advent Countdown By Christine Trimpe
Beginning on December 1 with Luke 1, readers will go twenty-four days through twenty-four chapters in Luke, ending with chapter 25 for a final Christmas Day message.
Journals to Gift During the Holidays
Journaling is a powerful way to capture and reflect on your thoughts. Answering guided prompts is a way to meditate on your thoughts and determine how they are impacting your life. Expressing on paper what is going on in your head allows you to examine, understand, and transform your mind.
100 Days of Believing Bigger: Devotional Journal By Marshawn Evans Daniels
Have you been putting limits on God? Does your doubt, fear, or feelings of not being enough to keep you from experiencing the abundant blessings of God? You’re not alone. It’s time look at the beliefs that are stopping you and exchange them for the truth of what you can do through Jesus Christ. This journal combines scripture, insight, journaling prompts, and a prayer for you to shift from a place of small dreams to being the life changer you truly are!
Gratitude A to Z Journal By Tracy Fagan
Let’s play a game! Tell me something you are grateful for that starts with the letter “J?” Research shows that practicing 15-minutes of gratitude daily will improve the quality of your everyday living. This simple yet powerful journal will challenge you to find something to be thankful for, starting with each letter of the alphabet. Included are several ways to utilize this journal. Enjoy the fun by yourself or with family and friends.
Healthy Living Journal By Susan Neal
Won an award for the best inspirational gift book. This journal helps the reader make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Through journaling the reader will discover more about themself and any negative eating patterns, draw closer to God, and experience better health.
A Precious Life: A Pregnancy Journal to Nurture the Spirit and Soul of You and Your Unborn Child By Rebekah Lind
For that pregnant couple on your holiday gift list, this journal is a true blessing for both the parents and the baby. This interactive journal focuses on nurturing the spirit and soul of the baby as he or she is developing in the womb. Declaring God’s truth and promises over the unborn child helps the parents connect and bond with the baby during its truly formative years.
Children’s Books To Gift
Eat God’s Food: A Kid’s Guide to Healthy Eating By Susan Neal
In Eat God’s Food, you’ll find healthy activities and cooking adventures to ensure kids not only learn but have fun too. You and your child will learn together through fun yet educational activities.
The Silent Noisy Night By Jill Roman Lord
The night Jesus was born is frequently referred to as a silent night. But how could it possibly have been silent if Jesus was born in a manger, with cows and sheep and donkeys and probably chickens and mice and birds all celebrating His birth? How could these creatures keep quiet? The Silent Noisy Night takes on a new twist to the Christmas story by exploring what the night may have been like.
C is for Christmas By Michelle Medlock Adams
It’s as easy as A-B-C! Pairing scenes from the first Christmas with the traditions of today, this book brings together all the very best elements of the season into a delightful read-aloud that families will turn to year after year.
My Arms Will Hold You Tight By Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley
Authors Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley are masterful with rhyming and bring the tenderness of heartfelt love between these adorable baby animals and their parents to life.
When the holidays are over, your company has gone home, and the decorations are put away; many gifts are forgotten as well. However, the impact of written words will linger long after the ribbons and wrapping are gone. There is a special book for everyone on your holiday list this year. If you need additional suggestions, here is a list of 2021 Christian Indie Awards Winning Titles. It’s time to put on your Santa hat, grab your holiday list, and go book shopping!
About the Author
Tracy Fagan is the owner of Kingdom Publishing, LLC, a hybrid publishing company focused on publishing Christian faith-based books and offering writing courses to help authors share their story. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.