Books make wonderful presents for so many reasons! Not only is it a brilliant excuse to browse around a book shop, you can show someone you’ve really considered their interests and personality, current life situation and aspirations, by giving them a book chosen just for them. A book won’t cost the earth, but it will be one of the most memorable presents you can give a friend or family member…much more so if you write a personal note on the inside.
To give you some ideas the lovely team from Literally PR have helped me choose a list that has something for everyone. As part of our #EarlyAdvent competition series, they are also very kindly giving one lucky reader the chance to win a bundle of all these books in time for Christmas so don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end.
For the History buff…
Drawn From History is a cartoon journey through Britain’s past. Cartoonist James Mellor traces the story of Britain from the end of the Ice Age to the dawn of the Twenty-First Century and captures a selection of the nation’s most significant episodes (and some of the other, slightly less significant happenings) with a humorous sideways slant.
Perfect for: Anyone even vaguely interested in history, particularly those with a sense of humour and a penchant for cartoons is helpful but not required!
Surprising suitable for: GCSE and A Level History Students seeking respite from the rather more serious tomes of required reading!
For the Romantic…
Love Spells is for those of us in love, soulmates, those looking for a deeper level of love and understanding in a relationship, those seeking a romantic relationship, and relationships that are challenged and vulnerable. It provides inspirational advice, insight and guidance for individuals and couples from a spiritual and psychological background. It explores the yin and yang of deeper love, feng shui for love, suggestions of emotive and meaningful gifts of love, practical steps to take to make your love last, and a collection of spells and practical exercises to help the reader focus on issues such as fidelity, healing an argument, and spicing up a love life.
Perfect for: Your best female friend or sister.
Surprising suitable for: Those interested in spirituality, astrology, and believes in fate and choice, destiny and… feng shui!
For your Mum / Auntie / Grown-Up Daughter…
Dr. Goldberg waited until her mid-forties before she experienced motherhood and along with the passionate bond that she formed with her daughter there came a professional curiosity: why is this relationship so fundamental? The author uses her own experiences as a daughter, as a mother of a newly-adopted baby, and as a psychoanalyst to explore an essential truth: that our relationships with our mothers affect our other significant love relationships, our values, our self-esteem, and our sense of satisfaction, often throughout the whole of our lives. She also uses the experiences of some of her patients, taken from her forty years as a practicing clinician, to provide further fascinating insights and illustration.
The book addresses the complicated nature of mother daughter relationships by acknowledging the oxymoronic nature of the relationship as both parties are simultaneously seeking individuality and closeness. The book is about maintaining intimacy with both closeness and separateness: we want both; we need both.
Perfect for: Anyone questioning their role as mother and daughter, and for women who are raising a daughter.
Surprisingly suitable for: Any woman going through a difficult emotional time with her mother such as illness (and being a carer) or bereavement.
For the food intolerant person in your life…
This is a fabulous book for anyone affected by chronic food intolerance issues. More than 6% of children have a proven food allergy (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011) and the number of diagnoses are increasing. Mary specialises in working with children with behavioural problems as well as food intolerances. She has many years of experience working with people of all ages, of course, and is keen to share her experience and research findings with a wider audience. The book provides all the information you need to know to understand food intolerance problems and offers actionable, practical, proven advice about how to solve them.
Perfect for: Anyone who suspects a food intolerance or has recently been diagnosed.
Surprisingly suitable for: Parents of children who have not been diagnosed but would like support for symptoms such as ADHD and other behavioural problems.
For the Fashionista…
Caroline Jones’ Mum, Mary (72), passed away in October 2014 after a brave battle with breast cancer. A couple of months later, on New Year’s Eve, Caroline had an idea that would lead to her raising more than £60,000 for Cancer Research UK (and counting!). Every day in 2015 Caroline put together a fabulous outfit from pre-loved items sold in Cancer Research UK shops. Despite grieving for the loss of her dear Mum, Caroline got up every day and had her photograph taken to share on social media. She quickly amassed thousands of followers, thousands of pounds in donations, and become the solo fundraising success story of 2015. The book launched in May 2016 and has been growing in popularity ever since. The frugal fashionista has an incredible eye for pick n’ mix styling, and a passion for pre-loved shoes, jewellery, hats, and clothes. Caroline’s innate sense of style and her tendency to successfully bend the sartorial rules, mean this book will inspire you to embrace the endless possibilities of pre-loved clothes.
Perfect for: Those touched by cancer in any way – the perfect, thoughtful gift to support an incredibly important charity.
Surprisingly suitable for: Fashion-mad shopping fans who may not usually buy pre-loved.
Win all 5 Books for Christmas:
To help you get ahead on the Christmas shopping we have a bundle of all five of these books to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning leave us a comment sharing which one of these books you’d like to give this Christmas and to whom. Then just record your entry in the Rafflecopter widget below along with any additional entries you’d like to make.
The giveaway will run until Tuesday 15th November 2016 and is open to UK residents only.
Don’t forget to check out our other #EarlyAdvent giveaways daily throughout November.