The holidays are fast approaching, temperatures are plummeting, and we’re all desperately debating what present to pick up for that one tricky-to-please loved one.
Take the stress out of the Christmas shop this year with our handy festive gift guide. Whoever you’re treating, we’ve got stories to suit every taste…
The podcast obsessive
Parenting Hell – Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe (Blink)
Know somebody practically glued to their headphones? Get them the Parenting Hell audiobook, and pipe in the dulcet tones of Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe, as the comedic duo bring their hilarious smash hit podcast to life. Showcasing all the madness, absurdity, and utter chaos of being a parent; this audiobook bestseller – featuring guest appearances and raucous bonus content – is pure unbridled joy.
The Marvel mega-fan
Where’s Spidey? (Studio Press)
The webbed wonder is missing, and a hoard of villains have descended upon New York City. While away the lazy Boxing Day afternoon on the hunt for Spider-Man in this action-packed search-and-find original. Packed full of hidden detail, Where’s Spidey? is the perfect gift for any Marvel mega-fan, and a fitting tribute to Peter Parker as he celebrates his 60th birthday…
The Organised Cook – Amelia Freer (Lagom)
The perfect gift for every healthy home cook. Nutritional therapist and bestseller Amelia Freer serves up 70 original recipes and a trolley-load of practical advice for rethinking the way we approach food shopping and meal plans. It won’t take the stress out of your Christmas meal, but The Organised Cook is an essential guide to cooking cheaper, shopping smarter, and eating healthier.
The board game champ
No Free Parking – Nicholas Boys Smith (Blink)
We’ve all got that one friend or family member: the one that takes every board game challenge as a fully-fledged declaration of war. If your holidays involve multiple rounds of ultra-competitive Monopoly action, then take a break (and perhaps pick up a tip or two) with No Free Parking: Nicholas Boys Smith’s original history of London told through the streets and cheerful coloured tiles of the boardgame classic.
The Young Attenborough
What Do You See When You Look at a Tree? – Emma Carlisle (Big Picture Press)
Shopping for the young reader with sustainability credentials and a love of the environment? You’ll want to frame every page of this spell-binding picture book, as award-winning artist Emma Carlisle captures all the magic of the natural world in watercolour with What Do You See When You Look at a Tree?. Exploring themes of empathy, mindfulness and growth, and urging readers to reconnect with nature: you’ll never look at the humble tree the same way…
The boxset addict
Murder Most Royal – SJ Bennett (Zaffre)
Planning on spending the overwhelming majority of the holidays on the sofa blitzing through the season’s juiciest boxsets? Crack on. You’ve earned it. But save some space on the settee for a book well worth binge-reading. SJ Bennett’s Murder Most Royal is the much-anticipated third instalment of the ‘Her Majesty the Queen Investigates series’ – a festive mystery with a lead like no other, and boasting twists and turns to match any blockbuster.
The poetry lover
Every Day is a Fresh Beginning – Aoibhín Garrihy (Eriu)
It’s been a long year, and the hectic holiday season can bring plenty of stress alongside the snow. Save on the spa voucher, and instead soothe the soul with an enriching poetry collection. Treat a loved one to Aoibhín Garrihy’s soulfully-curated Every Day is a Fresh Beginning; or perhaps the audiobook of Scottish sensation Donna Ashworth’s Life, Love and Loss: her three-volume collection of poems for every hurdle on life’s highway.
The junior explorer
The Incredible Pop-Up Mummy – Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Quang and Lien (Templar)
Take a trip back through over 3000 years of history and into the tomb of Tutankhamun with The Incredible Pop-Up Mummy! Written by Moira Butterfield and illustrated by duo Quang and Lien, budding adventurers can deep-dive through multi-layered pages of pop-up ancient Egyptian history, peeling back the flaps to unearth the facts and become experts in this fascinating field. They’ll even learn how to make a mummy of their own…