If in doubt…

It’s getting pretty Christmassy around here! I’m so excited to finish up my last week of term and get home to my family, but I’m making sure to soak in everything that is good about Christmas in London before I go, and there’s a lot!


Have you ticked off everybody on your gift list yet? Maybe it’s because I’m an English student, or because I think books are just nice things to have around, but I honestly honestly think that you can’t go wrong with the humble book.


Whether you give somebody the sequel to a series they’ve been enjoying, the autobiography of somebody they admire, a book that you loved and think that they would love too, or pick out a book with a pretty cover and let them try something new, there’s sure to be the perfect book for everybody on your list. For those who just don’t enjoy reading (I know, what?!) there’s recipe books, photo books, annuals, encyclopaedias (illustrated encyclopaedia of the Star Wars films, I’m looking at you), and even adult colouring books which are supposed to be great for mindfulness and relaxation!


Without giving away the contents of these pretty packages (shhh), here’s some inspiration for your book shopping… (although I do highly recommend going to a book shop and having a good explore to find what you’re after!)

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1: The great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking, £22, here 2: The House of the Sprits, Isabel Allende, £8.99, here 3: Colour yourself Calm, £9.99, here 4: Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, £8.99, here 5: Is it Just Me?, Miranda Hart, £8.99, here 6: Ultimate Star Wars, £35, here 7: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, £8.99, here 8: Goth Girl, Chris Riddell, £10.99, here 9: And on That Bombshell, Richard Porter, £20, here 10: Tired of London, Tired of Life, Tom Jones, £12.99, here 11: Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin, £4.99, here.

If you’re giving books this year, you could even make some super simple bookmarks to include in all your gifts! I made these with some simple hand drawn quotes and some bold printed patterns, and I think they make a really sweet addition to my little packages!

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While I was picking out books, I picked up this Moleskine journal which I talked about in my gift guide. I’ve been using mine so much, and this one would make a really lovely gift (and it’s still a book! Just sort of one that you have to write yourself, ha).


I hope this gives you some good ideas for Christmas gifts! Oh, and just in case you were in any doubt about how much I love to buy, read, receive and own books, take a look at the Christmas tree we’ve put up in our house this year!


Happy Christmas!

PV x