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Last-Minute Gift Ideas For The Wild Cards On Your Shopping List

Don't be the bane of the Secret Santa pool this year.
Sharon Dominick
Don't be the bane of the Secret Santa pool this year.

Ah, the holidays — a time for love and good cheer, for snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes. For full-blown panic attacks in department stores brought on by a particularly perplexing Secret Santa pick.

Fret no more: here at NPR Books, we believe that there's a perfect book out there for everyone on your holiday shopping list. And — lucky you! — we've made it easy to sort through this year's top releases to find just the right read.

Pull up a chair, ding the bell on the counter and say hello to our Book Concierge, an interactive library of highly-recommended books from our critics and staff members. Use the clickable tags to narrow down the pile of potential gift ideas — and in case you get stuck, here are a few tag combinations for those inscrutable, impossible-to-shop-for loved ones in your life.

Your Economist-reading cousin, who thinks books are for frivolous time-wasters
Eye-Opening Reads, Science & Society, Tales from Around the World

Your precocious tween-age niece, who's already daydreaming about potential dissertation topics
Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Your pastry chef uncle, who loves swapping recipes but hasn't finished a book in years
Rather Short, Cookbooks & Food

Your favorite youngster, an adorable dork-in-training
Kids' Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Your nosy next-door neighbor, who's always asking inappropriate questions about your love life
Let's Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction

Your little brother, an aspiring musician who's a total NPR groupie and prone to celebrity worship
NPR Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Art Lovers

Your no-nonsense aunt, whose book club is less Oprah, more Barbara Walters
Book Club Ideas, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side

Your corny co-worker, whose cubicle is covered in Dilbert clippings
Funny Stuff, Comics & Graphic Novels

Your Doctor Who-obsessed dad, who's got a lot of time on his recently retired hands
It's All Geek To Me, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long

Browse these titles — and oodles more — on NPR's Book Concierge. Did we miss any? Have it out in the comments.

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Christina Cauterucci