It’s that time of year when we are all scrambling for gift ideas. Cyber Monday has us all looking for great shopping ideas. Let me help you! I have written what sometimes feels like a whole library of books (over 40 titles!) and there is pretty much a title on my list for everyone on your shopping list (and maybe one or two you might want for yourself!):
Cookie: A Love Story: Fun Facts, Delicious Stories, Fascinating History, Tasty Recipes and More: Who doesn’t love cookies? This book is perfect for your mom, your grandma, your aunt, your best friend, your book club pals, and the gal at work who is always bringing in cookies. It’s a delicious read – all the things you never knew about cookies. What could be better for a holiday gift? It’s an ebook, but you can buy a printable gift certificate to give that lets your recipient download however they want (Kindle, Nook, PDF, etc.). Give the certificate with a tin of gingerbread men or some cocoa and you’ve just given someone a delicious evening!
The Muffin Tin Cookbook: Perfect for any mom you know, this book has 200 recipes for all kinds of foods made in muffin tins (mini, regular, and jumbo) for breakfast, snacks, entrees, sides, veggies, muffins, desserts, and more. Pair it with a package of muffin tin liners (I like the reusable silicone ones) and a muffin tin pan for a cute gift basket.
The Parchment Paper Cookbook: Give this to anyone who likes to cook but has a busy life. The book has 180 recipes that are all made in parchment paper packets. There are no pots and pans to clean: everything is cooked inside folded parchment packets, so it makes life simple! Pair this with a roll of parchment paper and a baking sheet for a gift basket and you’ve just given someone many nights of easy dinners.
The Organized Kitchen: Great for newlyweds, friends who love to organize, people who have just moved, and teachers. It has great ideas for now to arrange, organize, and store kitchen tools as well everything you need to know about cleaning, storing food and perishable; and a section of recipes everyone needs. Give this with a set of magnetic nesting measuring cups or a set of square glass food storage containers (perfect for stacking!) and you have a lovely gift.
How to Parent with Your Ex: That friend, co-worker, or relative who is getting divorced, or just got divorced will thank you for this friendly guide to making your parenting relationship work during and after a divorce. It has lots of tips and practical advice that are useful not only as they are going through the divorce, but in the years after as they continue to have to parent together. For a joke, give it with a bottle of your recipient’s fave booze. Or pair it with some chocolate and cozy socks.
The Essential Supervisor’s Handbook: Give this to your friend or relative who just got promoted. It’s packed with hands on advice about to succeed as you move into management. A paperweight or small desktop game is a great accompaniment.
Bad Apples: How to Manage Difficult Employees: We all know that person who is constantly complaining about the idiots at work. Give him or her this book which offers practical advice about how to work with people who are imperfect. Pair this with a bottle of headache medicine and you’ll get a hearty laugh as your thanks.
The Practical Pregnancy Planner: The mom-to-be on your list will appreciate this ebook, which offers monthly checklists of everything you need to do to get ready for a baby, with a focus on finances, insurance, wills, guardians, and organizing information. Add in a cute rattle or pair of booties and you’re good to go.
The Everything Kids Money Book: Perfect for kids ages 8-12, this includes activities, fun facts, puzzles, advice, and just plain fun to make earning, saving, and spending enjoyable. Pair it with a $10 bill inside a plastic money puzzle holder or a bar of money soap!
Quiz Book 3: Three Times the Fun: This American Girl quiz book is what the tween girl on your list will enjoy. Funny, revealing, light, and inspiring quizzes will make her laugh and help her learn about herself. A packet of sparkle colored pens and some hair elastics make it a complete gift.
The Divorce Organizer & Planner: Anyone facing divorce will need this book to help reduce legal fees and get organized for the process ahead. Add in some relaxing tea and this recipient will know you want to help him or her through a hard time.