Five Books To Give As Gifts

December 14, 2016

Quite honestly I could have easily made this post 50 books to give as gifts. I’ve seen so many lovely books while I’ve been Christmas shopping and I couldn’t resist sharing some of them in case you’re stuck for ideas. Although I always think books are such a good gift they are quite a tricky one to buy adults as you have to know it’s something that they don’t already have. Often I give vouchers or I choose the books that I don’t think you would often buy for yourself, more of the coffee table style of book or something a bit different. These are the books that I haven’t been able to walk past in the shops without picking them up and having a peek inside, they are all under £10 and I think they make a nice stocking filler type gift (although some may be too big to fit inside a stocking!)

Hello, is this planet Earth? – Tim Peake

This is a collection of photographs from British Astronaut Tim Peake’s time on the International Space Station. I’ve always found space fascinating and I’m considering buying this for Lucas as he is just getting into it. I love the idea of it inspiring some young children to learn more about space and science. Tim is also giving the proceeds he receives from this book to The Princes Trust.

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere – Zach Klein & Steven Leckart

I am obsessed with this book! It’s probably not going to be for everyone but I just love it, it’s based on an Instagram account of the same name and is exactly what it says it is – gorgeous photos of cabins. If you know someone who dreams of a simpler life then this is the perfect book for them. I just had a quick look through it in a book shop and it is truly inspiring and makes me want to run off and live in my own cosy cabin.

Hurrah For Gin: A book for perfectly imperfect parents – Katie Kirby

Word of warning, don’t buy this for a parent blogger as chances are they will already have it but definitely do buy it for parent friends. It is the first book from blogger Hurrah For Gin and it is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. I think every single parent can relate to the frustrations of children so brilliantly captured in Katie’s drawings.

Here I Stand – Amnesty International

My husband was given this book for his birthday and although the theme isn’t particularly festive he says it is such an important and thought-provoking book to read. It’s a collection of short stories and poetry based on human rights from different authors including Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig and Frances Hardinge.  All royalties go to Amnesty International.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas – Matt Haig

This is a follow up to Matt Haig’s A Boy Called Christmas, I haven’t read either of them but I spotted them in Waterstones and they both look brilliant. They’d make a nice gift to give to a family, they’d be lovely to aloud to older children and sound perfect if you’re trying to hold onto the magic a little longer.

A little shout-out to a few books which aren’t under £10 but are still worth considering as a gift. Firstly 111 Places In Liverpool That You Shouldn’t Miss, I picked this up in a little bookshop in Liverpool and it is fantastic but obviously, mostly helpful to people who live close to Liverpool. Also the #CookForSyria Recipe Book comes out this week, it has so many great contributors and all profits from the book go to UNICEF’s Children of Syria fund. Finally, a must for any Harry Potter fans is the new illustrated edition of The Chamber Of Secrets. Not my favourite Potter book but these illustrated editions are so beautiful that they are well worth collecting.

I haven’t been asked to write about any of these books, I just wanted to share a few of my favourites. However, this post contains affiliate links which means if you buy a book from my link I will receive a small commission but it won’t cost you any extra.

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  • Farmerswifeandmummy

    I really look forward to
    Your book posts Hayley this one did not not disappoint;) great ideas

    December 14, 2016 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Gail

    These all look really interesting Hayley! I know I’ve asked for a few books on my own Christmas list, I hope I get them:) I do find it difficult buying books for others as it can be tricky to know what they like, and whether they might have already read it:) I like the Look of the Girl Who Saved Christmas for my own boys (and myself) though! 🙂 x

    December 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    Lovely suggestions. Hurrah for Gin is so brilliant isn’t it?! A must for any parent!! I really fancy Tim Peake’s book – I loved following his journey in space.

    December 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Mini Travellers/FuelledbyLatte

    Oh that Tim Peake one looks fab

    December 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm Reply
  • Stacie

    Some great choices here! Here I Stand sounds like something I need to read, not because it’s enjoyable but because it is important. Need to read the Matt Haig books too!

    December 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply
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