The best "life-changing" books to give as gifts

My friend Tiffany asked this question to the interwebs:

"What is the best book you ever received as a gift or bought for yourself? Not a beach read, but one of those page turners that changed and/or improved your life."

And the interwebs responded, and I thought I'd slurp them all up and deliver this comprehensive list of life-changing books to give as gifts. I'll go first…

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The best combined birthday and holiday/anniversary gifts

The thing about combined birthday gifts is this: They better be fucking awesome and super-symbolic. Because you're not just saying one thing, you're saying a lot of things at once. So here are my favorite symbolic gifts that'll work for combined birthdays and holidays, or anniversaries, or just general gift-inspiration awesomeness!

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Melting cats & rainbow unicorns: uncommon gifts from UncommonGoods!

Wanna know a little secret about my gift-shopping prowess? I generally head to UncommonGoods the moment I start my "awesome gifts on the internet" search. This year, just in time to get your holiday shop on, UncommonGoods has joined forces with me as one of our sponsors! So I get to gush about some of the unique gifts that cut just about melt your face with all the awesome…

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12 unusual gift ideas from real SoKind Registries

The question is what gifts do you really need for your house warming or baby registry? SoKind knows that your most-needed gifts don't always fit in a box. That's why they just went through the eye-crossing task of scouring a few hundred of their real-life SoKind registries, and pulled out 11 real gift ideas, perfect for your house or baby-having times…