December 11, 2019

The Best Books to Give this Christmas

Don't know what to get Dad? In need of a stocking filler for a fiver? Not sure what your teenager would like? If in doubt, a book is always the answer - and we've got something for everyone...

For the Perfect Stocking Filler

101 Things To Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone by Ilka Heinemann
Put down your phone and pick up this nifty guide of things to do instead of scrolling on social media…From clearing your mind with colouring in and thought provoking questions that get you thinking, you won’t be bored with this one.

For the Recipe Loving Relative

From the Oven to the Table by Diana Henry
A cookbook that advocates throwing a bunch of ingredients into a roasting tin and letting the oven work its magic, we can’t think of anything better. Think roast Indian-spiced vegetables with a lime-coriander butter and a stone fruit crumble with almond and orange crumbs. Delish.

For the Adventurer

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 by Lonely Planet
Not just full of idyllic beaches and envious city scapes, this one also reveals ways to protect the planet whilst travelling, how to help the local communities you visit and the best new food experiences from across the globe.

For the Little Ones

The Cool Bean by Jory John and Pete Oswald
Teach the kids that it’s cool to be kind with the help of the cool beans. The words of Jory John and the illustrations of Pete Oswald are a match made in heaven, and will surely plant a smile and giggle on the little ones’ face this Christmas.

For your Young Niece or Nephew

The Gifted, the Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe
A story that follows 15 year-old Sam as he tries to fit in yet stay true to his own averageness. It’s one that they’ll laugh out loud to and instantly resonate with.

For the Wellness Warriors

The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age by Claudia Hammond
We reckon everyone could do with this after Christmas…It explores the art of resting; not to be confused with sleeping, rest is how we unwind, calm the mind and recharge our body. Intrigued? So are we.

For the TV Binger

Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
If you haven’t heard of Fleabag, we’re not sure where you’ve been for 2019? This one is the complete filming scripts – including stage directions and annotations from Phoebe Waller-Bridge herself – of series one and two of Fleabag.

For the Bibliophile

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
If they’re a lover of books, then this a must to add to their collection. A letter from a son to his illiterate mother, explores the power of telling one’s story and the obliterating silence of not being heard.

For the Festive Fanatic

Festive Spirits: Three Christmas Stories by Kate Atkinson
Three short but fabulously festive reads to continue the Christmas spirit. Perfect for bingeing all in one go, or read them one by one on the commute to work.

For Dad and Grandad

Man Stuff: A Book for Blokes by Ray Hamilton
It discusses everything from male grooming and general life hacks, to advice on health and even some recipes for the barbecue! It’s an all-in-one book for blokes – so whatever their age, we’re sure they’ll love it.

All of these can be found at Waterstones, so be sure to pop along to the Epsom store for your copy! And remember, don’t leave it too late…

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