10 best books to give as gifts

  1. Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. I always think that humorous travel books are a pretty good bet for dads and uncles – though I hugely enjoy Bill Bryson too!
  2. Life A-Bet by Aaron Gillies for anyone under 25. Done.
  3. Some sort of coffee table book – if they have a specific interest, there will probably be a coffee table book for it. If in doubt, photography of some description is always a hit. National Geographic and Lonely Planet have some gorgeous books.
  4. Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl. Suitable for kids and those who are still kids at heart! I love these so much.
  5. Got a budding chef or a foodie on your hands? Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen might hit the spot. It is pretty much an ode to food! Recipes, personal thoughts and lovely photographs.
  6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for a precocious younger reader. A bit different from the YA commonly read today – this was my first ‘proper’ adult book that I read when I was about 13, and I absolutely adored it.
  7. Nostalgia usually works, too. Maybe try something like ‘Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, and Trends of the 70s and 80s’ by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont or ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The lessons we learned from eighties movies (and why we don’t learn them from movies any more)’ by Hadley Freeman. (Which I have reviewed! Check it out!)
  8. Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art book is perfect for anyone creative. And it’s not a how-to book, which get pretty tiring as gifts.
  9. A gorgeous copy of a classic is a really nice gift too, I think. Even if you know they already have a copy, some of these would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Finally, if in doubt: https://www.nationalbooktokens.com 

I hope that some of these recommendations were useful!

 

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