If you’re after something both inexpensive and imaginative to give to your mum, sister or aunt this Christmas, why not opt for a book? Not only do they provide endless hours of entertainment, they can also be thought-provoking and inspiring to boot. I’ve selected six of my favourite books for her this festive season, and with beautifully illustrated covers that wouldn’t look out of place among the most stylish of coffee table tomes, these books will last well beyond the turning of the final page.
The New Bohemian Handbook – Justina Blakeney
Know someone that would love nothing more than a home with good vibes? Buy them Justina Blakeney’s The New Bohemian Handbook. Offering readers simple techniques to transform their home into a stylish sanctuary that will enhance mood, productivity, and relaxation, The New Bohemian Handbook is full of advice, interviews and DIY projects that will inspire homemakers into the new year and beyond.
Paris through a Fashion Eye – Megan Hess
An illustrated guide to one of the world’s best-loved cities by one of the world’s most esteemed fashion illustrators, Paris through a Fashion Eye is a love letter to all things Parisian. Wonderfully illustrated with anecdotes a-plenty and stylish tips on the best places for a fashionista to eat, sleep, shop and play, Paris through a Fashion Eye is a must-have for anyone that loves the so-called City of Light.
Prosecco Made Me Do It – Amy Zavatto
A book for your fizz-loving friend, Prosecco Made Me Do It by Amy Zavatto it the perfect present for anyone with a bias for bubbles. For anyone whose ears perk up with the telltale pop of a prosecco bottle, Prosecco Made Me Do It is a beautifully illustrated book that boasts a repertoire of recipes of bubbly beverages, from the classic bellini to the fresh fruit mimosa. Best gifted with a bottle of fizz.
Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian’s Guide to Travelling in Style – Andi Eaton
Wanderful by Andi Eaton, the fashion maven behind Oui We, a widely loved travel and lifestyle blog, is the ultimate gift for women with a penchant for wanderlust. A must-have tome for travellers & stylish souls alike, it will no doubt inspire many-a road trip through the creme de la creme of American soil for anyone who reads it.
Knowing the Score – Judy Murray and Alexandra Heminsley
A captivating read from one of the most controversial women in sport, Judy Murray has teamed up with author of Leap In and Running Like a Girl, Alexandra Heminsley, to pen this autobiography. From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, Judy Murray’s extraordinary memoir charts the challenges she faced, from desperate finances and growing pains to entrenched sexism. An inspiring and remarkable tale of triumph; Knowing the Score will make readers believe that great things are possible.
Woman & Power – Mary Beard
From the former Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Mary Beard, comes Women and Power: A Manifesto – essential reading for women far and wide. A look at the treatment of powerful women throughout history, from allusions to the Greek and Roman world to the modern day defeat of Hilary Clinton, Women and Power is a powerful and poignant read perfect for classicists, feminists and anyone interested in culture and history.
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