9. The Fortune-Telling Book of Dreams by A. M. McCloud ($10.95, fredflare.com). Wondering not only what your dreams mean for you now, but also for what they might mean for your future? This little tome has the answers. Keep it by your bed and refer to it as often as needed—though be careful of trying to look TOO far into the future.
10. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe ($16.71, amazon.com).
For the nerd in your life: Whether they’ve been a lifelong Marvel lover or whether they just fell in love with them via The Avengers or any of the other recent Marvel movies, Sean Howe’s unauthorized behind-the-scenes account of how a tiny little company turned into a comic giant will be sure to fascinate them!
11. Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt ($17.04, barnesandnoble.com).
One of the New York Times’ 10 best books of 2012, Why Does the World Exist? explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: Why is there something rather than nothing? It may not be the definitive answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, but with its discussion and interviews of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers, it comes pretty close. Get it for that person you know who majored in philosophy in college and is still wondering what to do now.
12. Tom Riddle’s Diary ($39.99, thinkgeek.com).
Does your favorite writer pal need a new journal? This one should do! We’re pretty sure that Tom Riddle won’t ACTUALLY suck your soul into this blank notebook if you start writing in it, but you never know…
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.