15 Fabulous Holiday Book Gifts for All the Family

by The Texas Lifestyle Magazine team on December 16, 2020 in Gift Guide, Lifestyle,
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Time’s a ticking! So, shop here for magical gifts for all the booklovers on your list. From kids to grandma and grandpa—you’ll find the perfect page-turners in our hand-picked gift guide.

KIDS

The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian

The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian takes fans behind the scenes of the first ever live-action Star Wars television series. Filled with concept art, sketches, and interviews with key cast, crew, and creatives, including executive producer/showrunner/writer Jon Favreau and executive producer/director Dave Filoni, and a certain fan-fave, the book provides readers with an exclusive look at a whole new universe of Star Wars characters, locations and vehicles. $40

Abrams Children’s Books for all Ages

Unleash some joy, and spread the love of reading, with one (or more) of these well-crafted books. You’ll be spoiled for choice, whatever age you’re gifting. For younger readers try an innovative preschool board book from pop-up wizard Matthew Reinhart (What’s Up, Fire Truck?  folds into a 3-D truck! $16.99) or Thanks a Ton! ($16.99, Hello!Lucky). Always a hit, go-to science education expert Bill Nye helps kids understand and appreciate a range of scientific topics and principles in Bill Nye’s Great Big World Of Science ($29.99). Or, for older kids, why not try illustrated nonfiction and gift books? The picture book Magical Creatures and Mythical Beasts ($29.99) come with a flashlight to reveal the magical creatures that inhabit famous historical landmarks, while in Old Enough to Save the Planet ($16.99) 12 kid activists from around the world teach readers how to make a positive difference in their communities. 

The Merry Christmas Mittens by Sarah Janco/Illustrated by Blayne Fox

From Texas author Sarah Janco comes The Merry Christmas Mittens. Holly wakes up on the morning of Christmas Eve, excited for what her day will bring. While she laces up her skates by the pond, mischievous Jack Frost blows a wintry wind that sweeps the mittens away. Holly’s mittens get a glimpse of how people and families all across town celebrate Christmas and spread cheer to others in this seasonal charmer. Ages 4-7. $17.99

The Blue Dog and The White Horse by Haven Lindsey

The Blue Dog and The White Horse, Adventures on a Texas Ranch, is a must-read children’s book that adults will love too. Gracie, a small blue-heeler dog, connects with Max, a retired roping horse who lives on a ranch in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. Their real-life experiences are heart-warming. This new compilation of short stories captures Texas friendship at its best. $11.99

FOOD & WINE

Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families

Nourish is an evidence-based, practical resource that explores the many benefits of a plant-based diet and provides parents with the tools they need to provide excellent and balanced nutrition to their families. Taking the guesswork out of how to transition to eating plant-based, the authors, Reshma Shah, MD, and Brenda Davis, RD, explain how easy it is to transition– even for just a few meals per week– and provides some recipes to get you started. From $13.99

Big Macs & Burgundy by Vanessa Price with Adam Laukhuf

Wine pro Vanessa Price explains how to create your own pairings while proving you don’t necessarily need fancy foods to unlock the joys of wine. Building upon the outsize success of her weekly column in Grub Street, Price offers delightfully bold wine and food pairings alongside hilarious tales from her own unlikely journey as a Kentucky girl making it in the Big Apple and in the wine business. Using language everyone can understand, she reveals why each dynamic duo is a match made in heaven, serving up memorable takeaways that will help you navigate any wine list or local bottle shop. $24.99

Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Would you feed your child a candy bar for breakfast? Of course not. And yet today our children routinely consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar, which puts them at an unprecedented risk. Half the Sugar, All the Love is here to help, with 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar (by half—or more!) without sacrificing the flavors our families love. $22.95

HEALTH & HOBBIES

The Backyard Birdwatcher’s Bible

An informative and eye-catching reference book for beginner and intermediate backyard bird enthusiasts, The Backyard Birdwatcher’s Bible is that rare type of book that is as packed with information as it is pleasing to look at. The latest in a successful line of “bibles,” following The Beekeeper’s Bible and The Botanical Bible, this newbie has the broadest appeal yet. Elegance is paired with practical tips on identifying, attracting and caring for backyard birds, as well as crafting bird-friendly gardens and bird houses. In a year that has seen a big rise in birding, this is sure to be a hit. $35

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body

From talented teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes. It’s a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes, with easy-to-follow directions, 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color. $16.95

SPIRIT & SOUL

Mind Over Movement: Harness the Power of Resilience by Anne Grady

This read takes a science-based approach as entrepreneur, bestselling author, and two-time TEDx speaker Anne Grady provides an arsenal of practical tools and actionable strategies to break out of reactivity, reduce stress and anxiety, and create a life of purpose on purpose. From $14.95

Find Your Fire by Terri Broussard Williams

From Austin author Terri Broussard Williams, Find Your Fire will ignite your favorite booklover’s potential with both inspiration and no-nonsense advice. They’ll meet elected leaders, activists, social entrepreneurs and other extraordinary women on a mission of change. And get the tools to turn the vision for their own movement into a reality. $17.99

The Grateful and Ready Journal

With prompts for self-reflection, self-appreciation and affirmation, the Grateful and Ready Journal uplifts spirits, guiding you along the path to positivity. This journal is all about you—and it’s all up to you to become happier and healthier and live your best life yet. Yes, this makes a great self gift! $24.99

My Pocket Meditations for Anxiety By Carley Centen

Stress and anxiety are something us humans face on the daily, especially during these troubling times. Who do you know that needs My Pocket Meditations for Anxiety? Mediation has been scientifically proven to help ease the experience of stress and anxiety and can help us better manage the worries we face, which are nonstop in this pandemic age. The book is structured to help readers build the skills and confidence they need to progress towards stillness in their minds and bodies to develop a healthy stress response. The 150 guided meditations will help ease worry, calm body and mind, and make the reader better prepared for whatever life throws their way. $14.99

Real Happiness

Author Sharon Salzberg has played a pivotal role in bringing meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture. This New York Times bestseller—now revised and updated with new exercises and guided meditations—is sure to lead that special booklover in your life on the road to happiness. $16.95

Body Kindness

Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out–and Never Say Diet Again helps create a healthier and happier life by teaching compassion rather than shame. This practical, inspirational, and visual book shows the way to well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself. The reader gains a great understanding of what small steps throughout the day can do for our overall health. $15.95


Cover photo courtesy Madara Parma on Unsplash

One of the pleasures of publishing a lifestyle magazine like Texas Lifestyle Magazine is that we receive invitations to attend events, travel and review products. We accept and write about a small fraction of these offers, always with a view to what would be interesting or helpful to our readers. You may notice that our reviews are generally positive, which is because we don’t enjoy writing negative ones, and therefore choose only to write about the things we can recommend without reservation.

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