Holiday shopping is hard work. So how about some relief? How about one-stop shopping at your local bookstore? Here are some great suggestions to get you going (and to shorten your gift-buying load):
For any child age 10 to 14, My Name is Henry Bibb by Afua Cooper is a historical novel theyll love. Its the story of a young boy born into slavery and the life-changing events that made him think of escape. Hint: wrap it up with My Name is Phillis Wheatley by the same author.
Its a pretty safe bet that youve got someone on your list who loves music. So why not give him or her Lawdy Miss Clawdy The True King of the 50s The Lloyd Price Story by William Dollar-Bill Waller. Filled with pictures and memories, this book is all about Lloyd Price, his life, the people he knew (Ike and Tina! Fats Domino! Sam Cooke!) and his enormous contribution to music. Hint: wrap it up with a compilation CD or concert tickets.
For anyone who wants an uplifting story as a gift, look for What Else But Home by Michael Rosen. This is the triumphant story of a family that adopted and adopted boys who had little, and gave them everything in the form of support, guidance, and love. Hint: wrap it up along with a donation to your giftees favorite charity for a double gift theyll appreciate.
If your giftee just needs a divine nudge in the right direction for the coming new year, how about giving Making Great Decisions for a Life Without Limits by T.D. Jakes. Using a spiritual approach to make sense of personal relationships, this book is good for both men and women who are looking for love in all the wrong places.
Know somebody whos struggling with issues of race even though its the Twenty-First Century? If you do, then wrap up Survival in a Sea of White by Marcia E. Jones Cross, which is a story of one womans move from the familiarity of home to an environment of hostility and unwelcome. While it may be a little hard to find, its a great read for anyone of any race who struggles with hatred and lack of acceptance.
Know someone who needs a good boost? For women, wrap up Tears to Triumph by Dawn Marie Daniels, Candace Sandy, and Dr. Jarralynne Agee. This book offers helpful stories, worksheets, insightful thought-provokers and plans to move past hard times and stay there. For men or women, look for Family Affair, edited by Gil L. Robertson IV. Filled with essays from some of todays best writers, entertainers, and thinkers, this book offers ideas and thoughts on being African American in todays world, what it means, and how we can all reach a better understanding together.
Looking for a fun romance with island flavor? Then look for Café au Lait by Liane Spencer. When everything goes wrong for Shari Zamore, she returns home to Trinidad to heal her soul. What she finds is a handsome man to heal her heart, too .
If your giftee longs to get back to the island, then look for White Frock & Coals Dust by Lincoln Depradine. This book, filled with gossipy tales and wonderful characters is the story of The Wharf neighborhood of Grenada and the people who call it home. Truth? Or novel? Doesnt matter it will make a great gift.
Someone on your gift list is always coming up with great ideas. Nurture those notions by wrapping up The Genius Machine by Gerald Sindell. This book is all about turning simple ideas into money-making blockbusters. Hint: wrap it up with a nice journal and watch what happens . Also look for How to Salvage More Millions From Your Small Business by Ron Sturgeon. If your giftee wants riches, this book is a great place to start.
How does a businessperson get noticed? You can help by wrapping up Step Into the Spotlight! A Guide to Getting Noticed by Tsufit. Using show biz analogies and amazing real-life examples of big corporations whove stepped out on a limb to do something different, this book offers a step-by-step method of making a splash in business and in life. Bonus: its easy to read and fun, too.
In this economy, its no surprise that someone on your list is thinking about starting a new business. Show your support by giving The Accidental Entrepreneur by Susan Urquhart-Brown. This book is filled with Wish-Id-Known-That hints and tips from people whove been there and will definitely help on the business-building journey. Also look for Profits Arent Everything, Theyre the Only Thing by George Cloutier. This book offers rules to follow to ensure that your business grows and succeeds in all the right places.
If your giftee is in advertising particularly if shes a woman in a mans world shell enjoy reading Ad Women by Juliann Sivulka. This book is about women in advertising and how their decisions affect us all. Its a great book for businesspeople, as well as anyone whos fascinated by how ads influence consumers. Also check out Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick (with Francis Wilkinson), a book about branding and finding hidden gems in your company.
All business owners want people to talk about their company in a good way. Wrap up Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3,000 by Pete Blackshaw, give it to the businessperson on your list, and ensure that the good stuff happens. Along the same lines, look for Its Not What You Sell, Its What You Stand For by Roy M. Spence, Jr. This book is meant for anyone who wants their business to excel and make a difference.
Believe it or not, your favorite entrepreneur has all he or she needs to be rich. Find out more by giving Cash in a Flash by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen. This is a book about filling the bank account when the economy and business is slow. There are lots of good ideas in here, and this book will make someone smile (and make them money). Take it a step further by wrapping up Whos Your Gladys by Marilyn Suttle and Lori Jo Vest. Thats a book every businessperson needs, because its how to turn all customers even the most trying ones into big fans.
New managers will enjoy getting Leadership and the Sexes by Michael Gurian with Barbara Annis. This book explains the science of gender and how knowing it can lead to success. Also look for The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Thats a book about overcoming fears and getting ahead in life and in business.
If your giftee has experienced a lot of change this year (or anticipates some in 2010), wrap up Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, 3rd edition by William Bridges, PhD. Revised to reflect a new work environment, this book includes thought-provoking quizzes to get that businessperson back on track in the new year.
If youre looking for a gift for someone who once loved to play the stock market, then wrap up F Wall Street by Joe Ponzio. This is an in-your-face, common-sense book about investing, and it includes lots of good ideas.
Any businessperson who needs motivation needs I am Potential by Patrick Henry Hughes. Born with a rare genetic disorder, the author of this book doesnt let anything stop him. Not only is this a book that puts things into perspective, but its also a darn good story. Also look for Happiness from the Inside Out by Robert Mack, which is about living a better life by knowing yourself from within.
Every business owner loves it when those EUREKA moments happen. Help your favorite businessperson to get more of those by wrapping up The Eureka! Enigma by Ron G. Holland. This book unlocks the keys to complete success and is easy to read with small chapters. Also check out Coaching and Mentoring by Jane Renton because giving is a good way of getting.
Because doing business means crossing the ocean sometimes, somebody on your gift list would appreciate a little help in that department. So heres something to wrap up: Africa: Strictly Business by Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont. This serious book is a look at how business cultures work in Africa, including agriculture, technology, and medical advances. Hint: wrap this up inside a nice, airport-safe briefcase. Also look for How to Say It: Doing Business in Latin America by Kevin Michael Diran, EdD. This book is a must-have for anyone in business; its small enough to tuck in a briefcase or pocket, it includes etiquette and cultural things you should know, and its written in an easy-to-use format.
The inventor on your gift list will truly appreciate getting The Genie in the Machine by Robert Plotkin. This provocative book promises to explain the new revolution in artificial invention (you read that right) and who will control tomorrows technology.
And there you are: something for pretty much everybody you need to buy for, at tiny non-budget-busting prices. And if none of these books are perfect, be sure to ask your favorite bookseller for his or her expert help because, hey! Thats what theyre paid to know, right? Seasons Readings!