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16 Must-Read Books You Can Give As Gifts

Share stories and the love for reading this season

Photography: Kaboompics//Karolina via Pexels and Summit Books (Main Photos)

Well-loved author Neil Gaiman once said, "Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!" Whether it's a small paperback or a hefty hardbound, a book has the power to transport you to a whole new universe. If you're still going through your gift list, we've found a few titles that your friends and loved ones would surely enjoy. All of these deserve a spot on any shelf—you may end up buying copies for yourself, too!

Encourage creativity and see how it can bring about change. In this book, Merlee Cruz-Jayme shares that there is a creative in all of us. She also imparts the valuable lessons she has learned after living inside the Benedictine Monastery and working in the advertising industry.

Everyone Can Be Creative, P295

What is a reunion without a good, old horror story? This book features 13 tales of evil, terror, and grief from young writers and well-known authors in the genre. Your friend who loves a thrill would surely devour this!

All That Darkness Allows, P250

This read will surely bring back the passion for writing sweet notes and heartwarming letters in today's age of SMS and e-mails. With letters written by Lance Gokongwei, Lea Salonga, Jesse Robredo, and Gary Valenciano, to name a few—it's the perfect gift for fellow parents and even teens.

Letters to My Children, P295

For your friend who loves reading poems and playing with words, In Case You Come Back will surely ignite his or her passion to jot down musings, enjoy the little things, and appreciate even the simplest of adventures.

In Case You Come Back, P250

We're sure you're familiar with the tikbalang, kapre, and the tiyanak. If you loved these stories growing up, The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo will satisfy one's craving to know more about Philippine Folklore.

The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo, P295

Since this season is all about good vibes and spreading happy cheer, this book from The Soshal Network will surely be a treat. Flip through the pages, read a chapter, and we're sure you'll want a copy, too!

Etiquette for Soshal Climbers, P250

For parents who want to understand their kids and for millennials who want a great read, No Filter gives the reader a peek into the millennial experience in terms of love, career, travel, and technology. 

No Filter, P295

There's no need to worry about gaining weight after the holidays—after all, it's all about good company, good food, and good times! If good health is part of your 2017 resolutions, let Solenn Heussaff be your fitness partner. This guide gives tips on getting fit, eating well, and loving your body.

Hot Sos!, P295

There are different reasons why Descendants of the Sun captured the hearts of many. It has a well-written story, a set of lovable characters, and a stunning location, too! A friend who loves the show will definitely save some shelf space for this must-have that features 311 pages of snapshots and more.

Descendants of the Sun Photo Essay Book, P495

Can you still remember the year you turned 18? Read stories, poems, and songs about this milestone year from celebrities, artists, rock stars, and writers. Coming of Age features the works of Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Manix Abrera, Basti Artadi, Lauren Young, and more.

Coming of Age, P250

Get to know Daphne Osena-Paez in this book that chronicles the lessons she learned in love, design, fashion, and work. If you have a friend or colleague who loves sprucing up the home, this book makes for a nice gift as it also has tips on styling spaces and art.

Chic: Tips on Life, Style, and Work, P395

Do you have a relative who loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen? This collection of recipes from the show Sarap Diva will definitely be a hit! Take note of the well-loved dishes of Marian Rivera, Alden Richards, and Carla Abellana, to name a few.

Bongga sa Kusina, P395

A true collector's item, Alden Richards: In My Own Words gives the reader a peek into the actor's journey toward stardom and his humble beginnings. 

Alden Richards In My Own Words, P250

Given the different social media platforms, blogs, and other websites, many have forgotten the art of journaling. In this book, Abbey Sy gives valuable tips on how to maintain a journal and how you can turn ordinary pages into whimsical and inspiring ones.

The ABCs of Journaling, P350

Do you have a friend who loves decorating with stickers? Stick 'Em Up features pages of illustrations by Abbey Sy, June Digan, and The Googly Gooeys. If you have nephews, nieces, and inaanaks who love stickers, too—this can serve as a cute surprise.

Stick 'Em Up, P250

Moving into a new home is stressful as it is, but decorating and making it extra inviting can be easier. With this Real Living special, the reader is given tons of ideas and tips on how to spruce up a newly bought space—whether it's a studio, a one-bedroom, or even a three-bedroom unit.

Real Home Ideas 9: 25 Condo Makeovers, P195

All photos courtesy of Summit Books—except Letters to My Children (Bea Perdigon) and Stick 'Em Up (Abbey Sy). Main photo by Kaboompics//Karolina.

All books are available in leading bookstores, newsstands, and supermarkets nationwide. You can also download digital versions by logging on to Summit Newsstand.

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