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14 Gifts for Book Lovers

From coloring books to cooking guides—we've got just the right set of must-reads for your bookworm friends


Nowadays, people are becoming more aware of the gifts that they give to friends and loved ones during Christmas. While we'd love to give and receive a new photo frame, a set of bath towels, and the like, nothing can compare to pieces that can still be useful and functional—three to five years from now.

If you're still finalizing your shopping list, you can give the gift of reading by picking helpful and fun books to your loved ones. Here are 14 titles worth checking out:

For your inaanaks

Ignite the passion of your godchild for crafting and building with Foldabots 8, the 8th installment of the cut-out cardboard robot series by Jomike Tejido.

Foldabots Toy Book 8, P185.

The 2016 Bloom Slambook will let your darling daughter or goddaughter document her adventures with her squad. It has fun questions, interactive pages, and cute stickers, too!

2016 Bloom Slambook, P175.

For your creative and artsy friends

Learn the art of hand lettering and have fun discovering things about calligraphy with this handy guide by Abbey Sy.

The ABCs of Hand Lettering by Abbey Sy, P295.

Coloring can be both be fun and relaxing! Bring these soothing floral patterns to life with your chosen shades and hues.

Color Calm: Creative Coloring for Grown-Ups, P195.

For friends who love a light read

Missed a couple of episodes of The Morning Rush? No need to worry! Your favorite trio is back with the third book of the number one best-selling book series.

The Best of the Morning Rush Top 10 with Chico, Delamar, and Gino Volume 3, P195.

If you loved the series, you would definitely enjoy reading the book too! Secret Garden tells the story of a wealthy businessman and a stuntwoman. You know things will be interesting when they wake up one morning only to realize that they have switched bodies!

Secret Garden, P200.

If you are asked to give one Michael V. impersonation that made an impression on you—who would immediately come to mind? We're sure that you can name more than one! Your friend will surely love this humor book and remember its commandment: Thou shall LOL!

The Bubble Bible by Bitoy, P250.

Celebrate the well-loved gag show's glorious 20 years with this commemorative book that chronicles the show's history, cast, and evolution. A must-have for fans, this book is definitely a collector's item.

IMBG: I Am Bubble Gang, P450.

For the foodies

If your friend is always on the go, he or she would appreciate a copy of Yummy's Lunch to Go! It features 72 baon ideas for the family that are delicious yet easy to prepare.

Yummy: Lunch to Go! P150.

Start the new year right by cooking and eating healthier meals! Eat Clean Love is a follow-up to The Sexy Chef Cookbook and features 60 healthy recipes. Let sisters Rachel Alejandro and Chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck guide you toward a happier and healthier version of yourself.

Eat Clean Love, P295.

For the beauty maven and fashionista

The very first beauty guide by a Filipino actress, this book is filled with must-read makeup tricks, easy skincare how-tos, and handwritten notes and doodles on life and love by Heart herself.

This Is Me, Love Marie, P295.

How can you make it in Manila where there are tons of photographers trying to make it? Fashion photographer BJ Pascual shares his story—from his childhood in Cavite to his flourishing career. Push has four different covers featuring the country's top young female stars: Nadine Lustre, Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, and Julia Barretto.

Push by BJ Pascual, P395.

Make a statement by wearing your chosen art and tattoo! This book highlights 121 designs—from lovely illustrations to inspiring phrases.

Choose Your Own Tat-venture: A Temporary Tattoo Book, P195.

For friends who love to plan ahead

Take note of meetings and jot down memories in this weekly planner created by graphic designer and illustrator June Digan. It features watercolor lettering, typography, postcards, and stickers. With this in hand, your friend will surely be inspired to start the year with positivity.

A Year of Positivity Planner, P350.

All books are available in National Book Store and Fully Booked. Follow Summit Books on Facebook for more news and updates.

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