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The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Our holiday gift guide has a gift idea for everyone on your list. Give the gift that gives more!

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!

It has been a very strange year, but in a blink of an eye the holiday season will be upon us.  This year, more than ever, I think we are all hoping for a calm, connection, comfort, and sparks of joy.

I have heard from many avid readers and people who hadn’t read in years about the different ways books helped during this time.  Thankfully, books can still be obtained.

Top on our holiday list this year is our local independent bookstores.  They are where readers meet each other, connect with booksellers and authors, and where many happy discoveries are made.  It’s an indescribable feeling when one walks into a bookstore, not entirely sure what they want but leaving with exactly what they need.  Our local bookstores are so much more than businesses – they are community hubs and a way of life!

This holiday season, I’m challenging you to do two things: give the gift that gives more and keeps on giving: BOOKS.  Two, make all (or at least half) of your book purchases this year with a local independent bookstore.  If you don’t have a bookstore in your town – adopt another town’s local bookstore as your own! 

About The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s no secret our local booksellers give the best book recommendations, but I’ve put together The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide to help you with all your holiday gifting needs.  The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide has 14 categories, 170+ books, and some giveaways sprinkled in between.  So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone or you want to treat your shelf – I think you’ll find some options here.

Sharing is my love language, so if you like what I’ve put together in The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, please share the guide on your favorite social media channels or directly with your favorite bookish friends!  Don’t forget to tag @bibliolifestyle and use the hashtag #bibliolifestylegiftguide in your posts so we can see what you’re gifting and reading.

The cover art for this e-magazine was voted on by members of our Patreon community.  I can’t thank them enough, and I’m forever grateful for their support.

Wishing you all a safe and comforting holiday season!



The 2020 BiblioLifestyle Holiday Gift Guide

Books from The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Debut Fiction

  • Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
  • If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
  • The Return by Rachel Harrison
  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
  • Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
  • The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor
  • These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
  • God Shot by Chelsea Bieker
  • Lakewood by Megan Giddings
  • Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
  • Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham
  • Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
  • Shiner by Amy Jo Burns
  • The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata
  • Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
  • All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad
  • A Burning by Megha Majumdar 
  • The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai 
  • The House of Deep Water by Jeni McFarland 
  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan 
  • Little Gods by Meng Jin 
  • Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier 
  • Your Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat 
  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara 
  • Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner 
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell 
  • The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine 
  • Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden 
2020 Olive Editions

Beautiful Editions

  • The Chronicles of Narnia Set 
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events 
  • Penguin Vitae Series 5-Book Box Set 
  • Thomas Hardy Boxed Set 
  • Picador Modern Classics 
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Illustrated by D. G. Smith, Introduced by Helen Dunmore 
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Illustrated by Vector That Fox 
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Illustrated by Shabazz Larkin, Introduced by Tayari Jones 
2020 Folio Society Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Classics

  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, Sanna Annukka, Tiina Nunnally 
  • The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol 
  • The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Sanna Annukka 
  • A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens 
  • The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Sanna Annukka, Jean Hersholt 
  • Christmas Pudding by Nancy Mitford 
  • Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 
  • Letters from Father Christmas, Centenary Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien 

Books about Books

  • Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani, Dana Tanamachi 
  • Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word by Alex Johnson 
  • For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library by Thatcher Wine and Elizabeth Lane 
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 
  • Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount 
  • Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger, Sadie Stein, Shade Degges 


  • Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval, Wes Anderson 
  • USA National Parks: Lands of Wonder by DK Eyewitness 
  • For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People, and Stories by Rick Steves 
  • Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other by Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish 
  • Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park by Conor Knighton 
  • A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean: A Bicycle Journey Through the Northern Dominion of Oil 
  • Hidden Places by Sarah Baxter, Amy Grimes 
  • 100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails by Kate Siber, forward by Andrew Skurka 
  • Mystical Places by Sarah Baxter, Amy Grimes 
  • Around the World: A Celebration of Circumnavigation by Lonely Planet 


  • The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane 
  • The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World by Edward D. Melillo 
  • What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why by David Allen Sibley 
  • A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough 
  • Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake 
  • Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald 
  • Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear by Bryce Andrews 
  • Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght 

Home & Garden

  • The Home Edit Life: The No- Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin 
  • Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome by James T. Farmer 
  • Flower School: A Practical Guide to the Art of Flower Arranging by Calvert Crary 
  • Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha Stewart 
  • Kitchen Garden Revival: A modern guide to creating a stylish small- scale, low-maintenance edible garden by Nicole Johnsey Burke, Eric Kelley 
  • Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home by Julia Watkins 
  • The Gardener’s Guide to Succulents: A Handbook of Over 125 Exquisite Varieties of Succulents and Cacti by Misa Matsuyama 
  • The Kinfolk Garden: How to Live with Nature by John Burns 
  • Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants by Danae Horst 
  • Charles Dowding’s No Dig Gardening, Course 1: From Weeds to Vegetables Easily and Quickly by Charles Dowding 

Food & Drink

  • Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life by Gina Homolka 
  • Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten 
  • Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book by Yossy Arefi 
  • The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do by Ayesha Curry 
  • Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence by Claire Saffitz 
  • Fizz: 80 Joyful Cocktails and Mocktails for Every Occasion by Olly Smith 
  • Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason by Julia Bainbridge 
  • Ottolenghi Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Tara Wigley 
  • Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by Bryant Terry 
  • The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson 
  • Milk Street: Cookish: Throw It Together: Big Flavors. Simple Techniques. 200 Ways to Reinvent Dinner by Christopher Kimball 
  • Sustainable Kitchen: Recipes and Inspiration for Plant-based, Planet- conscious Meals by Jaynie McCloskey, Heather Wolfe 
  • Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread by Zachary Golper, Peter Kaminsky, Thomas Schauer 
  • Entertaining with Mary Berry: Favorite Hors D’oeuvres, Entrées, Desserts, Baked Goods, and More by Mary Berry, Lucy Young 

Society & Culture

  • The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous by Joseph Henrich 
  • The Best of Me by David Sedaris 
  • Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World by Tom Burgis 
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 
  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan 
  • Humans by Brandon Stanton 
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall 
  • Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine 

Music, TV, Film & The Arts

  • Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip Norman 
  • How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back
    by Jeff Tweedy 
  • Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs by Dave Brolan, Neal Preston, Richard Gray, Brian May, Roger Taylor 
  • Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina by Chris Frantz 
  • The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson, Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge 
  • Warhol by Blake Gopnik 
  • Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese 
  • Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Robert K. Oermann 
  • Beethoven, A Life by Jan Caeyers, Daniel Hope, Brent Annable. 
  • Bosch. The Complete Works by Stefan Fischer 


  • One Life by Megan Rapinoe, Emma Brockes 
  • Elway: A Relentless Life by Jason Cole 
  • The Dynasty by Jeff Benedict 
  • Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir by Alan D. Gaff 
  • One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life’s Curveballs by Rod Carew, Jaime Aron 
  • The Second Life of Tiger Woods by Michael Bamberger 

Biographies & Memoir

  • The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper 
  • Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey 
  • Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me by Sopan Deb, Hasan Minhaj 
  • Eleanor by David Michaelis 
  • No Man’s Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I by Wendy Moore 
  • When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann 

Children’s Books


  • The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can’t-Sleep Blues by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna 
  • Families Belong by Dan Saks, Brooke Smart 
  • 3 2 1 Awesome!: 20 Fearless Women Who Dared to Be Different by Eva Chen, Derek Desierto 
  • Hello, World! Reptiles by Jill McDonald 
  • The Wheels on the Bus: Sing Along With Me! by Nosy Crow, Yu-hsuan Huang 
  • The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray, Stephanie Graegin 


  • How to Catch a Yeti by Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton
  • I Promise by LeBron James, Nina Mata
  • My Very First Cookbook by Danielle Kartes, Annie Wilkinson
  • Wild Symphony by Dan Brown, Susan Batori
  • Escape Goat by Ann Patchett, Robin Preiss Glasser
  • The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason, Byron Eggenschwiler
  • Sunny the Bunny: Goes to Camp by Jace Higgins, Paige Bekish
  • Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, Will Terry


  • Bunheads by Misty Copeland, Setor Fiadzigbey 
  • Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger 
  • Remarkables by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
  • What We’ll Build: Plans For Our Together Future by Oliver Jeffers 
  • I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James 
  • Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn 


  • The Trumpet of the Swan 50th Anniversary by E. B. White, Fred Marcellino 
  • The Witches: The Graphic Novel by Roald Dahl, Pénélope Bagieu 
  • Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins 
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas 
  • Serpentine by Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury 
  • The Complete 8-Book Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers 

Teen & Young Adult

  • Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards 
  • Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer 
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam 
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco 
  • The Ravens by Kass Morgan, Danielle Paige 
  • American Royals II: Majesty by Katharine McGee 
  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare 
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 
  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone 
  • Shine by Jessica Jung 
  • Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher 
  • All This Time by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott 
  • Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour 
  • Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Hayley Krischer 
  • Not Your #Lovestory by Sonia Hartl 
  • Horrid by Katrina Leno 
  • Fable by Adrienne Young 
  • All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner 

What books are you planning to gift from The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide?

Are you looking for a book lovers gift?  Are you looking forward to reading or gifting book this holiday season?  Are you shopping for yourself or treating your shelf?



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