Granted, it's a little early for this suggestion, but here's a lovely Christmas gift idea. This slim anthology, published by the British Library, is a holiday charmer, with poems and excerpts from fiction and memoirs. Best of all--and why buying the print copy is a better idea than the Kindle version--is the use of vintage illustrations.
Authors represented include Dickens, Emily and Anne Bronte, P.G. Wodehouse, Louisa May Alcott, George Eliot, and Samuel Pepys, among others. The nice thing is the variety. I half expected a volume full of treacle and saccharine (I'm looking at you, Louisa May Alcott), and there is some of that. But there's wistfulness and sadness, humor (thank you, P.G. Wodehouse), and even a chilling macabre poem.
This goes on the admittedly short shelf I've devoted to "books to re-read around the holidays." It will make a lovely tradition.