I believe there is no better gift than one that inspires or nurtures a love of reading/writing. With that in mind, here are some ideas to help you when preparing your Christmas shopping lists, starting with books and then moving on to bookish pursuits.
For the fiction lover
Must read titles for lovers of Aussie fiction this year in my humble opinion include The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (add it’s precursor The Rosie Project for those not already acquainted with this publishing phenomenon), the quirky and heartwarming Lost & Found by Brooke Davis, the very moving After Darkness by Christine Piper, the rollicking historical yarn Infamy by Lenny Bartulin and the undemanding high octane thriller The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly.
Top international titles everyone raved about this year include the moving Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, the historical All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, the thrilling I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, the latest standalone novel from Jo Nesbo, The Son and the sci-fi adventure The Martian by Andy Weir.
For the non-fiction buff
With the resurgence of popularity in non-fiction there are so many titles to choose from, but here are some notable ones (excluding food) – Gallipoli by Peter FitzSimons, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, The Innovators by Walter Isaacson and Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.
For the bibliophile
What to get for that book lover who has read everything? How about a first edition or signed copy of one of their favourite titles from Biblio, Inc.
Books are more than the words printed within them, they can be art themselves. Acknowledging this Book Depository have put together this collection of Beautiful Books that are a feast for the eyes – includes pop-out books, coffee table and graphic art.
Or how about a gorgeous new edition of a classic, such as the Penguin Australian Classic Series or the Vintage Classics Series. Penguin also have a wonderful range of gift editions of classic titles including the recently released Penguin Drop Caps, their Clothbound Classics and their extra special hand-stitched Penguin Threads collection.
For the tech savvy, a new custom cover for that e-reading device they spend so much time with
I’ve had my eye on the gorgeous designs available from Caseable for my Nexus, but they offer cases for a whole range of electronics devices, e.g. apple and android, tablets, e-readers, phones and laptops. They also offer the option of featuring your own photos in their custom design product.
Or how about a gift certificate (some credit for their e-reader) so they can choose the titles themselves.
For the aspiring writer
A journal is wonderful gift for any aspiring writer, young or old.
TinyPrints have a great range of custom and personalized notebooks including the option to include your own photos to the printed covers.
Book Depository also have a large range of notebooks, including a beautiful collection featuring cover illustrations from Shaun Tan.
Also check out the range of journals and personalization options available from InkGarden.
Or make your own photobook
For those people that want to read but never find the time
What better gift than a subscription to a digital online audiobook provider – Audible offer 3 month, 6 month and 12 month Gift Memberships