When it comes to recommending books as gifts, we like to know as much as possible about the gift recipient. Are they really into sci-fi, or maybe political podcasts? Is their Spotify account all musicals all the time, or do they eschew music for quiet walks in the woods or settling down with an engrossing novel? The perfect gift book isn't the award-winning critic's darling (unless, of course, it is) — it's the one that matches your loved one's silliness, seriousness, humor, and wit; the most perfect of gift books says, I know you. I know who you are, and what you love, and of the millions of books in the world, I have found the one written just for you.
It's a tall order, but with our What I'm Giving list, we've endeavored to do just that: If you need the perfect book for a music lover, foodie, genre fan, literary fiction nut, theatre nerd, political junkie, memoir reader, true crime afficionado, YA fan — in short, if you need a book for anyone — we think you'll find it on this list.