Giving or receiving a book at Christmas is always special. Either you’ve gifted a book you know someone will love, or have received a new story that could expand your mind from the first page to the last.
We love books at take good care. They provide an amazing portal into the imagination, get our brains firing, and help with mental wellbeing. In fact, being able to contemplate things that aren’t actually happening – such as the storyline of a good novel – can contribute to a reduction in anxiety.
Even the act of folding a page can trigger relaxation hormones and help us unwind after a stressful day at work or with the family. Indeed, that’s one of the reasons why we’re turning back to paper.
And with Christmas just around the corner, what better time is there to give someone a good book? With that in mind, here are the best books for Christmas we think your friends and family will love over the festive period.
Best books for Christmas
Our list of best books for Christmas gifts aren’t actually about Christmas. Instead, they’re about mental and bodily wellbeing, relationships and personal growth. We’ve recommended them so you and your loved ones can feel better about yourselves heading into 2023.
And remember, sometimes a book can be the first step to improved wellbeing even if it’s not about self improvement. Simply letting the imagination run wild, forgetting about the stresses and strains of everyday life, and relaxing into a good book can be the starting point you need.
The Vanishing Half
Let’s start with an engrossing novel. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is about near-identical twin sisters who grow up to experience wildly different events in their lives.
The book addresses everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. It’s a Christmas page turner that will likely be finished long before New Year’s Eve!
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Want a gripping read to keep you engrossed while the kids are playing with their new Christmas games and the grandparents are dozing in front of the TV?
Well, The Weekend by Charlotte Wood is the story of four friends, and what happens when one of them passes away. It’s another book to keep you reading in the days after Christmas… or perhaps you’ll finish it before the turkey’s even cold!
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The Comfort Book
If you’re in search of some calming stories around what it means to be comfortable in the modern world, then The Comfort Book is right for you.
Matt Haig’s book details the life lessons we only learn when we’re at our lowest. We never think about food more than when we’re hungry; or warmth when we’re cold. This is the book everyone needs to read to fully appreciate life as we live it.
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Man Down: A Guide for Men on Mental Health
Men’s mental wellbeing has come a long way in the last few years but some men still struggle to stay in tune with their emotions. That’s why books like Charlie Hoare’s Man Down are so important.
Man Down shows men that they’re not alone in how they feel, and why anxieties and worries shouldn’t be left to stomach. The ideal gift for young and middle-aged men struggling with emotions, Man Down could be the book that gets them talking more openly.
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This hardback edition of Oliver Luke Delorie’s inspiration book could be your guide to better mental and physical wellbeing. Often we feel tired because we’re stressed and overworked, but also because we don’t do enough exercise or eat the right things.
Energy is the book that helps overcome these issues. There are 50 easy and instant exercises that promote daily vitality and inner strength, so you can be better at what you do. If you or someone you know is planning a New Year’s Resolution, then Energy is the step they should take to fulfilling it.
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