(The Washington Post) — Gift-giving presents a conundrum. Is it better to give something useful, such as a 112-bit screwdriver set, or something whimsical, such as a cat-sized iron throne? There is no right answer. That's why our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide, curated by Post reporters and editors, includes suggestions at both ends of the practicality spectrum. With a wide range of gift ideas in nine categories - we've even included some that are functional and fun - this guide will make the process just a little bit easier.

Whether your loved one is a fan of history, poetry or comics, here are 10 ideas to cater to an array of tastes.

Ridley's 50 Must-Read Books Bucket List Puzzle

In a way, this is a gift that keeps giving: After putting together the 1,000-piece puzzle, your beloved bibliophile can spend endless hours debating the relative merits of the 50 selected works.

$20. Chronicle Books

'Revenge of the Librarians,' by Tom Gauld

Gauld's new book of cartoons confirms his gift for deadpan humor, whether he's reimagining nursery rhymes as literary fiction or simplifying classics for time-pressed readers. ("100 Minutes of Solitude," anyone?)

$21.99. Drawn & Quarterly

'Pickleball for All,' by Rachel Simon

By next year, pickleball mania may have exhausted itself, but for now, this primer, detailing the sport's rules, history and head-spinning popularity, will make many, many (many!) people happy.

$13.99. Dey Street

'The Ultimate Reading Challenge: Complete a Goal, Open an Envelope, and Reveal Your Bookish Prize!'

Reading is, of course, a reward in itself. But why not up the ante? This book encourages people to complete various assignments - read in a new location, for example - and win prizes.

$26.14. Weldon Owen

'Lessons in Chemistry,' by Bonnie Garmus

The feel-good bestseller follows Elizabeth Zott, a female scientist and single mom in the early '60s, who becomes a sensation as the host of a cooking show that empowers women well beyond the kitchen.

$18.76. Doubleday

'The Violin Conspiracy: A Novel,' by Brendan Slocumb

In Slocumb's debut, a classical musician races against the clock as he attempts to locate his stolen violin - a $10 million family heirloom passed down by an enslaved ancestor - in time for a prestigious competition.

$14.99. Anchor

'Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives,' by Mary Laura Philpott

This insightful memoir-in-essays from the author of "I Miss You When I Blink" is a perfect blend of comedy and emotion that will be a balm to anxious parents everywhere.

$17.99. Atria

'An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us,' by Ed Yong

Science writer Yong has lofty aspirations: to show humans how animals experience the world. The result is a fascinating look at the way dolphins, bees, crocodiles and other beings take in their surroundings.

$27.97. Random House

'River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile,' by Candice Millard

Millard's best-selling history looks back at the 19th-century quest to find the Nile River's headwaters, which locked two Englishmen - Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke - into a venomous rivalry.

$19.59. Doubleday

'The Hurting Kind,' by Ada Limón

Limón became the 24th U.S. poet laureate in September. Her most recent collection, her sixth, highlights her talent for observation, especially of the ways the natural world reflects human relationships.

$20.97. Milkweed


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