For this week’s Wishlist, I’ve compiled a Christmas Gift Guide which will hopefully come in handy when buying presents for fussy family members! Topically, these books were released on Super Thursday, so if you pop down to a bookshop soon they should all be in stock. Sadly, ‘15% fewer books were bought as Christmas presents in 2013 than a year earlier’, but I think books make a truly perfect present. You might be thinking that it’s much too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I wanted to demonstrate the main purpose of Super Thursday, and show how the vast majority of the new releases are published at this time with the target audience of the Christmas shopper in mind.
I know that my mother would love the new Jenny Colgan novel, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop. I think this would be a lovely present to give in the run-up to Christmas in order to spread some Christmas joy in a time when parents might be at their most stressed! The book also contains recipes, so this might be a gift that keeps on giving.
For men of a certain generation, So This is Permanence, a collection of Joy Division lyrics and extracts from the late Ian Curtis’ notebooks, is a great throwback present. With luck, this book might spark some memories, and lead to unexpected/hilarious/embarrassing stories about what your dad got up to when he was young. A good book to dip in and out of.
For Older Family Members:
A visit to my grandma’s house often leads to playing along with a quiz show on TV. The Very Pointless Quiz Book should add some friendly competition to the Christmas holidays, and you can get your Pointless fix when other family members insist on watching ancient repeats of Only Fools and Horses.
Human Universe by Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen is a great choice for siblings with an interest in science. The book ties in with the BBC series, and is both educational and entertaining. If your sibling is more of a music lover, then Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is a lovely gift book, full to the brim with illustrations and information about the artist.
A Gift For Yourself:
Have a browse through your local bookshop and pick from the Super Thursday releases! I’ve got my eye on Great British Bake Off: Christmas already, and I think I’ll buy it soon so that I can try out some of the recipes before the big day.