The Gift of Stories: Why Audiobooks Make Great Presents

Gift of Stories

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With the holidays upon us, Canadians are looking for opportunities to connect with their loved ones in meaningful ways.

Now more than ever, many are trying to find the perfect gift that will communicate their love and affection for parents, siblings, and those friends who are so close they might as well be family. Because most of us won’t be exchanging presents in person this year, the challenge of finding the perfect gift is even more acute.

For this reason, a lot of Canadians are thinking outside the box in order to come up with gift ideas their friends and family can enjoy every day. If you’re looking for something to give the curious and inquisitive in your life, here are three reasons why an audiobook membership may be the ideal present.

1. Audiobooks Offer the Perfect Mix of Inspiration and Entertainment

One of the things that makes an audiobook membership such a great gift is that it opens up whole worlds of exciting listening material. Whether the person you’re shopping for is a fiction fanatic or they can’t get enough of business podcasts like Michele Romanow’s The Revisionaries an Audible membership lets them listen to their favourite genres while exploring new stories as well. 

Audible gives listeners access to a huge library of titles and original podcasts, so if you don’t know what your friend or family member’s exact taste in audiobooks is like, never fear — with a membership, they’re free to follow their curiosity.

2. Audiobooks are Authentically Canadian

It’s no secret that when it comes to storytelling, Canadians are in a class of their own. Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood have become famous around the world for audiobooks like The Handmaid’s Tale and an audiobook subscription puts thousands of Canadian stories at the listener’s fingertips. 

A membership also gives listeners access to Canadian Audible Originals that are made for Canadian audiences by artists and thinkers like Catherine Hernandez and Tanya Talaga — whose audiobook Seven Truths is one of the best of the year.

3. Audiobooks Encourage Sharing

Though listening to audiobooks might seem like a solitary pastime, listening to stories and podcasts is a great way to forge connections with others. Listening helps us take a break from the busyness of life and immerse ourselves in narratives, but it also encourages us to share what we’ve heard with others.

Whether you decide to host listening parties dedicated to audiobooks from Canadian authors for all your friends online, or you simply want to catch up on the latest episode of True North Heists with fellow true-crime enthusiasts, audiobook memberships have a way of bringing people together around a shared love of stories.

One perennial question during the holiday season is what to get the people in your life who seem to have everything already. Fortunately, when you give someone an audiobook membership, you’re giving a gift that will enrich their lives for months to come.

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