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7 Books Everyone Will Be Fighting Over at Your White Elephant Gift Exchange

by  | November 29

If you’re in panic mode over what to gift your friends for the holidays, fear not—they’re likely in the same boat as you, struggling to stay afloat in a sea of maxed-out credit cards and seriously considering re-gifting knickknacks. Luckily, white elephant gift exchanges offer a fun, easy, and often hilarious solution to shopping for the perfect present for every friend, because you only need to find one gift that anyone might like.

When it comes to white elephant parties, it’s all in the luck of the draw…or in how willing you are to “steal” what a friend unwrapped. And what better way to ignite a present-stealing frenzy than with a book? So, step away from the gift cards, because I’ve got a list of perfect reads to spark a competitive edge at your upcoming white elephant exchange. These are a few of the #BooksILikeToGive as holiday presents…

P.S. For even more recommendations, be sure to visit Simon & Schuster’s handy Books I Like to Give holiday gift guide here!

The Book of Gutsy Women

The Book of Gutsy Women

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

This beautifully designed and insightful collaboration between Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, The Book of Gutsy Women, is the perfect coffee table book to gift. Your friends will love thumbing through the tales of more than 100 powerful women who have helped alter the course of history. Presented informally and informatively, we fully expect it to start a gift-swapping craze.

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Weeknight Baking

Weeknight Baking

by Michelle Lopez

When we’re knee-deep in the holiday season, there’s no running from sugars and sweets. If we’re going to forego our diet, we might as well do it right. Weeknight Baking by Michelle Lopez (a.k.a. @hummingbirdhigh on Instagram) offers easy, yet delicious and photo-worthy, recipes that will fit perfectly into a friend’s busy schedule. The next time they’re craving brown butter blondies, the solution will be just a page turn away.

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Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner's Mrs. Everything follows the lives of two sisters from the 1950s to present day, both struggling to find their place in the rapidly changing world around them. As the two grow up, they become polar opposites, but never feel satisfied in the life they have come to live. Between traumas and tragedies, this book asks the real and raw question of how should a woman be in our world (whenever we grow up in it). This read will evoke a multitude of thoughts and emotions. It’s all your party will want to be talking about at their next book club meeting!

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Idiot

Idiot

by Laura Clery

Sometimes the best present you can gift is a good laugh. After reading just one page of comedian Laura Clery’s Idiot, your friends will be in an all-out war over who gets to take it home. Clery’s compilation of humorous essays will take you on a roller coaster of emotions as she hilariously recounters her awkward journey into self-sufficient adulthood—and the unexpected setbacks that came with it.

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How to Fight a Bear...and Win

How to Fight a Bear...and Win

by Bathroom Readers' Institute

Despite our obsessive bookish tendencies, we can’t expect all our friends to hold the same appreciation for reading all the time as we do. A book containing useful life skills may just be the perfect gift for such a friend at your exchange. How to Fight a Bear…And Win offers a new survival guide approach, helping you to think creatively about your surroundings. Most everyone will appreciate the wealth of knowledge this book brings, even if they never get the chance to put it to use.

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The Art of Flaneuring

The Art of Flaneuring

by Erika Owen

With the dawn of a new decade fast approaching, an excuse for a little self-betterment may be in order. Give the gift of a positive outlook through a self-help book. The Art of Flaneuring will help your friends live more mindfully. With the amount of insightful lessons and new approaches to living, this book is sure to be a hit at your exchange.

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The Library Book

The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

If your friends are just as book hungry as you are, they’ll fall in love with Susan Orlean’s The Library Book. This New York Times bestseller dives into the investigation behind the fire that burned the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. Within this investigative story, Susan Orleans reflects on the past, present, and future of libraries in America. This beautifully told tale, by a New Yorker reporter, is perfect for book lovers, reminding us all about the enriching power libraries hold.

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