Present buying can prove to be a headache, especially at Christmas when you need to find that perfect gift for so many people all at one go. It’s a relief when one of your loved ones is into books, because popping into a book store is enough to guarantee you a well-liked gift. Still, some people don’t just read books but also collect them, displaying them with pride in some prominent area of their home, and it might prove hard to find just exactly what would look great with their collection. Here are some titles that should do the trick, depending on the receiver’s personal tastes:

The Harry Potter Franchise by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter isn’t just for kids, and so you’ll find both a children’s edition and an adult version in hardback. It costs a fortune, so this idea is more suited for those who are planning on parting with a lot of money for this particular book lover.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The stories set in Narnia will never go out of fashion, and are treasured by old and young alike. Both the hardback and paperback editions of this set are cheaper than their Harry Potter equivalent, and you might even find one big book that includes all seven chronicles. Alternatively, you could buy just one book from the chronicles if what you need is a small gift, as each of the titles in the series is a story in its own right, excluding the seventh and final book, The Last Battle.

The Complete Alice: The 150th Anniversary Edition by Lewis Carroll

This year marks the 150th anniversary since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan. The publisher is marking this important event with a full colour illustrated special edition, comprising of the novel and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. With an embossed cover and beautiful red foiled pages, it’s a book that library dreams are made of.



The Paddington Bear Series by Michael Bond

Good old Paddington Bear can still be found at the bookshop. A classic character that will never outlive its welcome in private libraries, it might be just the thing to buy a little one. If that proves too costly, you could buy him/her just one or two titles every time Christmas rolls around.

Gretchen Rubin’s series on Happiness, Home and Habits

Rubin’s series makes the perfect addition to any library. Available in paperback and hardback versions, the three titles currently out are The Happiness Project, Happier at Home and Better Than Before. Rubin studies human nature in an original way, providing us with tips that make the everyday happier, healthier and more wonderful in general. The text is a diary of sorts, and includes all the author’s reasoning as she herself embarks on the journey to a better life.

The Downton Abbey Book Franchise

There’s a whole list of titles about the series, some of them in beautiful hardbound volumes. The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey is full of memorable quotes, and Downton Abbey – A Celebration is a companion to the whole series. Meanwhile, there are books related to particular seasons such as A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey, which explores a year of traditions and pays particular attention to the fifth season. Other titles, such as The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff are for the hardcore fans.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This is the authorised biography, commissioned by Jobs himself. It is one thick volume, available in both paperback and hardback editions, and makes a brilliant addition to the library of any Apple Inc. enthusiast.



The Bridget Jones Trilogy by Helen Fielding

It’s funny to note that it’s been over ten years since the second film based on the books was released. What to us over-thirties sounds like a part of our history might be totally alien to younger women growing up nowadays. However, Helen Fielding’s series will always remain hysterically humorous and relevant to the life of the single woman. For those who had already bought the first two titles which were first published in the late nineties, there’s still a third and final piece to the puzzle, in the form of Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy, which was first published in 2013 and was an instant best-seller. You might want to check if your friend’s already bought this one or not.


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