9 Books To Give Your Unemployed Friends This Holiday Season

Reading on teh couch

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Did a friend just get fired?Know someone who has been sitting on the sofa, doing strange things with his facial hair?

It’s not pretty.

Whether your companion is losing it, heading off the grid, or in need of sprucing up, there is a book to start getting his or her career back on track (or at least give them something to do in the interim). 

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content=”The new edition is updated to include all of today’s technology, and includes all there is to know about being prepared, eating off the land, finding or creating shelter, and how to patch up the wounds that come with life off the grid.

SAS Survival Handbook by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman
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title=”Every jobless former (or current) geek would love this rulebook to the medieval fantasy game, Dungeons and Dragons”
content=”And, really, how often do you get to buy a book authored by a Wizard Team?

Dungeons and Dragons Core Rulebook by Wizard RPG Team
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content=”Yoga can be the ideal escape:

  • Hugely time-consuming
  • Offers a new world-view (the old one sucked)
  • Guaranteed to improve body no matter how pathetically performed

Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude by Neal Pollack
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title=”For the newly-fired pet lover, a guide to making one-of-a-kind crafts with the cat’s moulted hair”
content=”Less clean-up, and no supplies to buy! Win-win!

Now, anyone can take the fur balls that would otherwise go to waste and make finger puppets and book covers. Oh, and don’t forget those tips for keeping bugs from ‘latching onto your cat’s hair and your crafts!’

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat
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title=”The only way the out-of-work can afford to travel the world to every brewery, can, and bottle there is”
content=”Oh, and it is the perfect way to class up a life of too much TV and taking to the sauce.

The Oxford Companion to Beer
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title=”The essential tool for the friend who lost their gym membership, along with their job”
content=”Because it may be true, people with six-pack abs are less likely to be fired.

The Men’s Health Home Workout Bible
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title=”For the former colleague who did not make it to bonus time, the beginner’s guide to shopping, keeping the electricity flowing, and staying online”
content=”In the new dawn, you don’t have to clip the coupons to use them.

Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier & Healthier For Less by Leah Ingram
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content=”This powerful volume includes the power of speaking to an empty chair–evidently, it is not a sign of madness.

Be Your Own Best Life Coach: Take Charge and Live the Life You Always Wanted by Jackee Holder
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title=”Maybe it’s not just a friend who needs guidance…”
content=”Sometimes it takes a familiar voice to ask the Big Questions about life.

What colour Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
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content=”BOOK BITES: Check out all the books we’ve covered >
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