Are you scrambling for some last-minute gifts? I have an idea. For any lady in your life — be it your mom, a best friend, an aunt, a close coworker..I propose: a life-changing book, plus a batch of homemade cookies. Here me out…
The Course of Love, written by Alain de Botton, is one of those books that you want to read with a pencil in hand. It’s a novel — at first an intimate portrayal of a couple over the course of their relationship — and then, you realize, something more along the lines of a guide or self-help book. It’s a perceptive look at the nature of love; of marriage, heartbreak, and the mundaneness of everyday living, and it’s both refreshing and realistic. I’ve read reviews that say it’s “unromantic” — but I disagree; Botton’s frankness and lightness with words makes the book relatable and a total joy to read. My mom really loved it too, and I’m pretty confident anyone (not just a woman, I’ll add) would end up raving. “Love reaches a pitch,” Alain writes, “When our beloved turns out to understand, more clearly than others have ever been able to, and perhaps even better than we do ourselves, the chaotic, embarrassing, and shameful parts of us.”
So, you have a book, but just to bring it up a notch, may I recommend some cookies, fresh out of the oven? These cardamom-currant snickerdoodles are delicious, wintery, and perfect with a cup of afternoon tea. I make them every year and distribute them to loved ones, and people always ask for the recipe.
There you have it!
P.S. If you need more last-minute gift ideas, let me know — I have a bunch up my sleeve! We can discuss in the comments :).
Top photo credit, bottom via Food52.