5 Books That Would Make Great Holiday Gifts

With the holidays approaching, it is the perfect time to chat about holiday gifts. Books are always great gifts to give, and below I am sharing my top DK Canada Book picks for everyone on your gift giving list.

5 Books that would make great holiday gifts

This myth-busting visual encyclopedia will amaze kids with 13 things they need to know about every topic they love and one “half fact” that dispels a common misconception or half-truth.

A perfect gift for curious young minds, 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything will stimulate the imagination of young readers, satisfy their thirst for knowledge, and allow them to look at the universe from a new perspective as they explore a wide variety of topics and discover the truth.

The ultimate collection of LEGO® facts and Minifigures in brick-sized bites of trivia. The perfect gift for a LEGO lover.

Can you believe that a wooden duck was one of the LEGO Group’s first toys? Or that 68,000 LEGO pieces are created every minute? Did you know that the evil Overlord is the only NINJAGO® Minifigure to wear a skirt? Or that you’ll find a LEGO croissant piece inside 44 LEGO sets? This book is crammed full of fun and fascinating trivia for LEGO fans of every age. From minuscule Minifigure mugs to the largest LEGOLAND® model, it covers all the places, populations, pieces, and themes that make up the LEGO world. Produced in collaboration with the LEGO Group.

My son absolutely loves it!

An illustrated account of human movement, travel, exploration, and scientific discovery—from the first trade networks in ancient Sumer to the epic Voyager missions. Journey traces each through lively accounts, alongside the biographies of conquerors, explorers, and travelers; stories of technological innovation; literary journals; and works of art.

A textured cover with a picture-perfect image and shiny finishes make it ideal for gift-giving. Great for travel lovers.

Discover the events that have shaped our world, from the dawn of prehistoric civilization to the digital age, brought to life with contemporary photographs, maps, paintings, and artifacts that place each event in a wider social and historical context.

Packaged in a sturdy slipcase with beautiful colourful glossy pages, perfect for gift-giving. A great gift for a history lover on your list.

Optical Illusions 2 takes things to the next level, turning these mind-benders into exciting interactive and 3-D games with flaps, tabs, and pullouts, and putting logic and reasoning skills to the test for endless entertainment. You can even explore the science behind illusions and find out exactly how they boggle your brain and fool your eyes. Then, when you’re ready to amaze others, use the instructions and tips and 10 template cards provided to draw puzzling patterns, play with perspective, and so much more.

The boys LOVE that they get to use the templates to build their own optical illusions. Lots of fun!


Win it: One lucky Canadian reader will win a copy of 13 1/2 Incredible Things. Enter to WIN the book via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck friends.

Disclosure: I was gifted product for review consideration, this is however not a paid post, and all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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42 responses to “5 Books That Would Make Great Holiday Gifts”

  1. Marlene J — November 17, 2017 @ 6:06 am (#)

    13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything – this book seems interesting – would love to read for myself & child.


  2. Janet M — November 17, 2017 @ 6:27 am (#)

    My favorite is the World History, but she would like the Everything you Need to know about Lego book best.


  3. Ameirah — November 17, 2017 @ 7:02 am (#)

    Lego here! Thank you. Love books as gifts! Or anytime!


  4. Jeannie — November 17, 2017 @ 7:41 am (#)

    My favourite book would definitely be the Lego Everthing you absolutely need to know


  5. Virginia — November 17, 2017 @ 7:43 am (#)

    I would pick the Lego book as my nephew loves Lego!


  6. tammy ta — November 17, 2017 @ 7:46 am (#)

    My fav from this list is the Optical Illusions 2 book


  7. Christine D — November 17, 2017 @ 10:28 am (#)

    The Lego book- my son and daughter both are crazy about it and me not so much lol.. half of the time im stepping on them!!


  8. Stephanie LaPlante — November 17, 2017 @ 10:36 am (#)

    My favorite would be Optical Illusions 2


  9. catherine almond — November 17, 2017 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    I think the Optical Illusions 2 would be amazing for my grandson. He is very curious about stuff like this.


  10. Mike Gismondi — November 17, 2017 @ 3:24 pm (#)

    The Lego book because we love Lego in our house!


  11. Lisa Hansen — November 17, 2017 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    Optical Illusions is my favourite among the books you’ve highlighted.


  12. Lee-Ann Sleegers — November 17, 2017 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    I think Optical Illusions 2 looks really cool.


  13. Gemma Mousley — November 17, 2017 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    The Optical Illusion book looks cool.


  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen — November 17, 2017 @ 8:42 pm (#)

    Definitely the Lego one, since my oldest is mad about Lego (he’s 40!)


  15. Carol Denny — November 18, 2017 @ 4:45 am (#)

    13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything sounds like a fun book


  16. Karine — November 18, 2017 @ 7:00 am (#)

    The world history book looks awesome for me! ????


  17. Lynda Cook — November 18, 2017 @ 9:03 am (#)

    Mine would be the Optical Illusions 2, those are pretty cool to look at!!


  18. BobbiJo Pentney — November 18, 2017 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    The optical illusion book looks so intrequing


  19. Jodi J — November 19, 2017 @ 8:13 am (#)

    I would love to read the world history book, but I think my kids might be most excited about the optical illusion book.


  20. Linda — November 19, 2017 @ 8:54 am (#)

    My favourite book from this list is the World History book.


  21. KellyPC — November 20, 2017 @ 2:28 am (#)

    Optical Illusions 2 looks awesome, my niece & nephew would love it!


  22. HEIDI C. — November 20, 2017 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    My boys love LEGO and would definitely enjoy the guide for it.


  23. Maryanne — November 20, 2017 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    The LEGO facts book!


  24. Josie Tusa — November 22, 2017 @ 8:22 pm (#)

    The Optical Illusion book looks like a lot of fun!


  25. Tiff Cho — November 23, 2017 @ 7:46 am (#)

    My favourite book from this list is Optical Illusions 2


  26. Wanda Tracey — November 23, 2017 @ 9:48 pm (#)

    I would love the World History book and the Optical illustions book.


  27. Elva Roberts — November 24, 2017 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    I think the one on giveaway would be my favorite. I would like to know 13 1/2 facts about everything. That would be great fun.


  28. Sarah alexis — November 25, 2017 @ 10:47 am (#)

    The Illusions book and 13 1/2 things!


  29. Vicki Hill — November 27, 2017 @ 6:39 am (#)

    A wooden duck the first Lego? Not what I would have thought. Cool.


  30. tamara m — November 28, 2017 @ 7:55 am (#)

    These all look like great titles! My kids would definitely love 13 1/2 Incredible Things and Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (LEGO)! World History would of course be interesting too! Thank you very much for this chance! 🙂


  31. Rosanne Robinson — November 29, 2017 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    My favourite book is 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything. My grandson would also enjoy the Lego book.


  32. Carole — November 30, 2017 @ 6:14 am (#)

    My favourite book is 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything.


  33. Nicole A — November 30, 2017 @ 6:44 am (#)

    13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything because my kids are always so inquisitive and I would probably enjoy it too.


  34. Patsy — November 30, 2017 @ 9:16 am (#)

    I never knew there was a book about LEGO,now I’m curious :). Thanks!


  35. Wendy Caddy — November 30, 2017 @ 9:18 am (#)

    My favorite is Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel.


  36. Jill — November 30, 2017 @ 9:42 am (#)

    I think my boys would all like the Optical Illusions book


  37. Caryn Coates — November 30, 2017 @ 9:51 am (#)

    Optical Illusions 2 would be pretty cool to read


  38. Travelbuds — November 30, 2017 @ 10:43 am (#)

    I really like the sound of Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel. Sounds like a very interesting book.


  39. Elizabeth Robinson — November 30, 2017 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    I think my grandson would love 13 1/2 things the best of all of them.


  40. Wanda B — December 1, 2017 @ 6:23 am (#)

    My favourite is World History: From the Ancient World to the Information Age.


  41. Michelle Kafka — December 1, 2017 @ 8:53 am (#)

    From the above featured books my fave is the Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel. Thanks for the chance. 🙂


  42. Elizabeth Matthiesen — March 22, 2018 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    I love giving books as presents to my grandchildren. Encouraging children to read is so important.


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