GIFT: Jewellry (a pair of earrings or a necklace)
BOOK: Great Expectations
AUTHOR: Charles Dickens
Miss Havisham creates a beauty out of Estella, and part of that creation is her gift of jewelry. Estella is merely a pawn in the game of Miss Havisham’s revenge. This is a story of duty, honor, and yes, ugly bitterness.
GIFT: Bread (something artisanal or sweet)
BOOK: The Hunger Games
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
Peeta once gave Katniss a loaf of bread because she was starving. This small act of kindness plays a bigger part in the relationship between the two Hunger Games victors. What? You’ll have to read the first book to find out, so a copy of it should go along with the loaf of bread.
GIFT: Chocolate (truffles or bars or anything, really)
BOOK: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
AUTHOR: Roald Dahl
Charlie Bucket is the winner of a golden ticket into Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory . . . but he never would’ve won had he not bought a chocolate bar. Not that anyone needs an excuse to buy chocolate, mind you. ’Nuff said.
GIFT: Cologne (Bath & Body Works has an affordable collection)
BOOK: Little Women
AUTHOR: Louisa May Alcott
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” That’s straight from the mouth of Jo March, who chips in with her sisters to buy their mom some presents, one of which is some sweet perfume.
GIFT: Socks (Smartwools are my faves)
BOOK: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling
Okay, so yeah, this one is a stretch. Technically in the book it’s a dirty sock that’s given to set Dobby free from his life of serving the Malfoys. No one wants a dirty sock, though, so spring for a new pair along with this book.
GIFT: Coffee (beans / mug / gift card)
BOOK: Brentwood’s Ward
AUTHOR: Michelle Griep
Hero Nicholas Brentwood takes heroine Emily Payne out for coffee. Sure, it’s a manipulation on her part, but he gets a great cup of coffee out of the deal.
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