Looking for V-day gift ideas? Don’t discount the powerful sentiment a gift of a book can bring. Give a book this Valentines Day and it may become a treasured possession. Here are affordable book ideas for Singles, Lovers & Others.
My mother’s favorite book was Sonnets of the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. There are many versions of this book of love poems that the author wrote her husband, Robert Browning.
Her copy was well-worn as my father had given it to her as a romantic gift early in their 52-year marriage. She treasured it above the many more extravagant and pricey gifts she received.
It’s mine now. There’s still a dried corsage of red roses and net pressed into the pages.
Dating, Not Exclusive:
Romantic Cocktails: Craft Cocktail Recipes for Couples, Crushes, and Star-Crossed Lovers by Claire McLafferty (Whalen Book Works January 2019) has beautiful Photography by Abraham Rowe. The hardcover book is housed in a bold red satin cover, in case you forgot it’s supposed to booze for romance!
Many of the suggested cocktails are already well-loved standards such as Sex on the Beach, Bellini, Brandy Alexander. However, there are plenty of new ideas with romantic names (e.g. Gin and Sin, Bourbon Sweetheart, Royal Romance. etc.).
At the very back there are suggestions for snacks with a few recipes, but really, nothing to cozy up to IMHO. Still, the photos are gorgeous and there are plenty of innovative cocktail recipes to get you through just about any mood or moment.
Every cocktail book these days seems to want to include something you’re not going to have readily available in your bar. In the 75 or so recipes you’ll find ginger, chocolate, honey, ginseng, saffron, hot chilies, figs, coffee, pomegranates, vanilla, cinnamon, and tons of exotic syrups. .However, if you need (let’s say) salted molasses syrup for your drink, there’s a recipe (and plenty more) to create it.
As the George Thorough song which I love says: “I drink alone, with nobody else...” Cocktails are for everyone, single and ready to mingle, single and not sorry, and for those in relationships.
This book could be the key to a romantic date night, but for $19.95, Romantic Cocktails is a clever gift choice for that special person when you’re already in a relationship, but not totally committed yet. The book is provocative but sends a positive and flirty message without going too far. Bring out the candles and cheese board, and gift this to someone special.
For Family & Friends:
Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata (Andrews McMeel Publishing January 2019) is a lovely and eclectic collection of thoughts and poems by this Zimbabwean writer who created the book to help himself heal, and perhaps inspire others with unique views on empowerment, love, and comfort.
Some of the pages are outright mantras for self-healing such as “Darling, healing comes in waves. On some days you will drown and one other days you will float. on some days you will feel broken, and on other days you will feel renewed. be patient with yourself,.”
So many poetry books are about broken people who are spewing out their anger and dismay. Chameleon Aura has (for the most part) uplifting sentiments that will make you think.
This book at just $15 s a nice gift for just about anyone from moms and sisters to friends, or for yourself.
Broken Heart on the 14th:
I really didn’t know what to make of Hidden Heartbreak: From Breaking Up to Waking Up. by Emma Lee (Andres McMeel Publishing January 2019).
I see it as part comic book, part poetry, part advice (I guess) and another way to channel all that hurt until you make it through the healing process and come out on the other side.
This is the book you give your bestie when she’s just split up with her Bae.
The author has a “Hidden Heartbreak” Instagram feed with over a hundred thousand followers, but she follows almost no one. I always am turned off by this, but of course, it’s social media that has made book sales possible.
Emma Lee is the pseudonym of an artist originally from Philadelphia, PA. the drawings are hers, and they’re cute.
The emotions that her graphics convey are truly relate-able, especially to younger women are not used to rejection or emotional distress from a broken relationship.
Still, there are real truths that come out of the pages, and those are done in a lighthearted way. It’s cleverly (and nicely) done, and for $15 I give it two thumbs up.
For Committed Relationships:
Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long Lasting Relationship by Stephen Synder M.D. (St. Martin’s Press January 2019). Can $27 buy you the secrets to having steamy sex that lasts throughout your relationship? This somewhat verbose book has lots of stories as told by our author/narrator (love that) and some practical advice about how to continue to have fun in bed,
There is more to sex than just having it, as the author suggests. Topics such as social media can truly affect relationships in and out of the bedroom. The author also discusses what to do when attraction strikes outside of the relationship.
I’m not sure I learned anything I didn’t already know and the lessons to be learned from this book may not give you ridiculously great sex, or even great sex. However, if you can get through the wordiness of the advice, you might find ideas to tune up your relationship.
You might also find the inspiration to have a frank discussion with your partner about “where are we now, what works, what doesn’t, and where are we going?”
Maybe reading this book will help you identify issues you may be feeling but can’t put a specific thought to, If any of this opens up the channels of communication with your partner, your $27 is well spent, in fact, the book could be priceless.
I’m not sure Valentines Day is the perfect day to present this book to your partner. I’d suggest reading it first and then passing it on. *note: the cover of my review sample was yellow, but the book is the same.
Single, Ready to Mingle:
Do you believe in astrology? Whether you do, or don’t, Sex Signs: Your Perfect Match is in the Stars by Constance Stellas (Adams Media December 2018) will amuse you for hours.
this easy to follow book goes through all the signs of the zodiac, with some pretty silly suggestions about what turns a specific sign on or off. Do Gemini’s really require a ceiling fan for a romp through the sheets? Does Taurus like kisses on the neck? ,
Of course, the book pairs up every sign with the other signs. Danger ahead if you’re a Gemini dating a Leo? Love in the starts for Capricorn and Libra? Read the book and find out.
It is really all in good fun. The only thing I didn’t like is the way the author changes genders during each star sign explanation. Better to use a gender-neutral word or s/he.
Can you seduce someone just by knowing the basic characteristics of their sign? I doubt it. Still, wouldn’t it be fun to try?!
Just don’t take the information it too seriously. DDefinitelydon’t that Pisces because the book says you’re not the best match. just enjoy this sexy little book (SRP. $15) with him or her!