Best Gifts for Readers: A Festive Gift Guide 2022

The holiday season is just around the corner, and if you’re shopping for loved ones (or yourself), we’ve got the information you need. It doesn’t matter who you are, people of all ages and walks of life can appreciate a good book, and there are plenty of great books out there.

From fantasy novels and horror books to art books from your favorite video games or even e-readers and reading accessories, we’ve built this shopping guide just for you. Read on and find a selection of the best gifts for that special reader in your life.

Top 3 gifts for readers

No matter what you are into, there is a book for you. From e-readers to cookbooks and fantasy classics, there’s something for everyone on our must-have list.

Lord of the Rings: Special Version

JRR Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece is an essential piece of art upon which many modern fantasy worlds are built. Tolkien himself painted and colored this colorful illustrated version.

Kindle Paperwhite (8 GB)

Kindle Paper White (8 GB)

If you want a great, easy way to read digital books, comics, and more, Kindle Paper White has a wide 6.8-inch screen, plenty of space on an 8GB hard drive, and a convenient form factor.

Complete Calvin and Hobbes

The Complete Calvin and Hobbs

Bill Watterson has created an incredible comedy strip that is equal parts fun and intimate, all without compromising the emotional turmoil children feel when faced with the tough realities of life. A comprehensive masterpiece with a hardcover.

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Whether you want to dive into the epic series George RR Martin, the world of JRR Tolkien from Middle Earth, or Andrzej Sapkowski’s modern Witcher series, there’s some high-quality fantasy on offer, with a taste of classic children’s horror, if that’s the case. your thing.

Lord of the Rings: Special Edition

Lord of the Rings: Special Version

JRR Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece is an essential piece of art upon which many modern fantasy worlds are built. Tolkien himself painted and colored this colorful illustrated version.

The best e-readers and reading accessories

More than just books, modern e-readers can be a huge game-changer. It empowers you to handle massive digital storefronts, which can help you save some money and a lot of space, making your book collection wherever you are more easily than ever. Between e-readers and useful reading accessories, up your reading game with these choices.

Kindle Paperwhite (8 GB)

Kindle Paper White (8 GB)

If you want a great, easy way to read digital books, comics, and more, Kindle Paper White has a wide 6.8-inch screen, plenty of space on an 8GB hard drive, and a convenient form factor.

Best video game books

From the immaculate Elden episode to God of War (and so much more), video games can be as rich as any novel. From fine art books to the history of the universe, go through your favorite games in great detail.

The Elden Ring Official Strategy Guide, Vol.  1: the lands between

The Elden Ring Official Strategy Guide, Vol. 1: lands between

The lands in between, where the Elden Ring is, are a great place to be. This set of books includes a comprehensive list of every secret, every character, and more, all in a beautifully bound and laminated book.

Best recipe books

Have you ever read a book and thought, “This looks delicious!”? So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite cookbooks and recipe collections inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (what?!), Tolkien novels, and more.

Recipes from Tolkien's World: Inspired by Legends

Recipes from Tolkien’s World: Inspired by legends

If you ever wanted to see what an Elevens meal would be like, this recipe book is for you. Dip in your face and bring up your toes like middle ground, whether they’re boiled, mashed, or stuck in soup.

The best books on film and television

Movies and TV rock music. I love them as much as the next person, and trying out my favorite mods is a real pleasure. With graphic novels from Stranger Things, The Goonies coloring book, and much more, have something fun for yourself and your loved ones.

Marvel Wandavision: The Art of the Series

Marvel’s Wandavision: Art series

What is an art book but a celebration of something you love? This WandaVision art book contains tons of amazing art across a 224-page hardcover volume. It’s a great way to celebrate perhaps the most emotionally resonant Marvel series.

Best manga and comics

Whether you’re a fan of Bill Waterson’s classic series, “Calvin & Hobbes,” or you want to dive into a modern classic like My Hero Academia, there’s a lot to love in the beautiful world of manga and comics.

Complete Calvin and Hobbes

The Complete Calvin and Hobbs

Bill Watterson has created an incredible comedy strip that’s equal parts fun and intimate, all without compromising the emotional turmoil kids feel when faced with the tough realities of life. A comprehensive masterpiece with a hardcover.

For more holiday gift ideas, check out our roundup of the best Marvel gifts, or check out the rest of our related gift guides below.

Brian Barnett writes reviews, guides, features and more for IGN & GameSpot. You can get your weird fixes on Twitter (Ribnax) and Twitch (Rebenax) or check out his video game talk show, The Platformers, at Twitch & Apple Podcast.

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