Picking a gift for an aspiring lawyer or a working attorney can be difficult, but educational gifts are always a hit.
The lawyer in your life will absolutely appreciate something that aids them in their craft or opens them to new ways of thinking.
With that in mind, here’s a list of six books any attorney would appreciate receiving for Christmas, a birthday, or any gift-giving holiday.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People / Stephen R Covey
First published in 1989, this self-help book is all about efficiency through building good habits. It’s a must-read for any workaholic. Covey separates principles and values, offering a wholly unique view on productivity as compared to most other self-help books.
This book also became the first non-fiction audiobook in the U.S., so if your recipient isn’t much of a reader, you can always get them the audio-book version.
2. Crime and Punishment / Fyodor Dostoevsky
This Russian novel confronts the topic of morality in a very raw and realistic way, and it shows all the facets of emotions a person could potentially go through once they have committed a crime. Unlike most legal fiction, this tale focuses on the wrongdoer and his moral conscience, not the legal system.
3. Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges / Antonin Scalia & Bryan Garner
The perfect gift for an aspiring lawyer or a law student, this book is all about improving persuasive skills.
Knowing how to speak and write in an effective way is key to a long-lasting and successful career as an attorney.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
If you went to school in the United States, you’ve probably already read this classic novel.
However, if it’s been a decade (or a few), it’s worth picking up again. This book tackles difficult subjects like racial inequality and rape while still keeping a light-hearted tone.
5. How to Argue and Win Every Time / Gerry Spence
Unlike some of the other nonfiction texts on this list, this one by Gerry Spence isn’t about setting up proper evidence and presenting the most logical argument.
Instead, it is about knowing how to respond to the person you’re arguing against.
The author teaches the reader how to take emotions, body language, and interests into account when they’re crafting an argument.
6. A Civil Action. Jonathan Harr
This non-fiction book focuses on the Anderson v. Cryovac case, a case about water contamination in Woburn, Massachusetts.
The case took place in the 1980s after the plaintiff noticed a high prevalence of leukemia in her city, and this retelling highlights a fight between two billion-dollar corporations and those affected by their actions.
These books are all fantastic reads for anyone interested in learning more about the legal system, but if you can’t get ahold of any of these works on short notice, then the next best thing is a gift that can be hand-delivered the same day, delivered overnight, or sent immediately by email.
Last-minute gift ideas don’t have to be generic or boring, either. You can purchase holiday-themed gift baskets or ones based on the recipient’s personal interests.
You can also gift them subscriptions to monthly services, such as wine of the month clubs or premium coffee clubs. Alternatively, if your gift recipient needs to take time off from their work or has a real problem fitting downtime into their schedule, you can give them an experience gift, a spa treatment, or even a gym membership.
Don’t feel discouraged if it’s the day-of and you still haven’t found the perfect gift. E-gift cards will always be an excellent gifting solution to your last-minute woes, because they can be received immediately in the recipient’s inbox.