The best books to buy for your family and friends this Christmas

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The decorations are up in the shops, festive tunes are playing through every speaker, GH's biggest issue of the year is on sale … and it's time to start thinking about the presents you;d like to gift to family and friends this year.

The gift of a book is a failsafe option. But with so many titles out there, it can be hard to choose the right one. But worry no longer – because GH have the answer.

We’ve rounded up the best books to buy for your family and friends this Christmas, with options for everyone, from foodies to active kids, animal lovers to quiz enthusiasts. Read on, and get that shopping list at the ready!

Notes From A Small Island Kitchen by Debora Robertson (Michael Joseph, £26)

Foodies will love this joyful cookbook full of funny anecdotes and must-cook recipes!

Everything Is Washable by Sali Hughes (Fourth Estate, £26)

With advice on everything from how to make a martini to how to cure a hangover (might be a link there!), this would make a great gift for anyone setting up their first home.


Dear Dolly by Dolly Alderton (Fig Tree, £16.99)

This collection of wise and warm advice from the The Sunday Times agony aunt is perfect for the 20-somethings in your life.

What Writers Read: 35 Writers on their Favourite Book, edited by Pandora Sykes (Bloomsbury, £12.99)

The perfect stocking filler for the bookish person in your life, this collection brings together everyone from Nick Hornby, William Boyd, Elizabeth Strout, Marian Keyes, Nina Stibbe and Elif Shafak, each talking about their favourite books.

A Happy Poem To End Every Day, edited by Jane McMorland Hunter(Batsford Books, £20)

I can't think of a single person who wouldn't enjoy having this beautiful collection of poetry to dip into when they need a boost.

India Express by Rukmini Iyer (Square Peg, £22)

Rukmini Iyer's Roasting Tin books are much loved by foodies. This addition to the series focuses on South Indian and Bengali-inspired recipes, all of them quick and easy and absolutely delicious.

Blurb Your Enthusiasm by Louise Willder (OneWorld, £14.99)

Bookworms will devour this insider's look (the author has worked at Penguin for 25 years) at the 'blurb' on book covers.

The Little Library Parties by Kate Young (Head Of Zeus, £15)

Kate Young's Little Library books are a merry mix of advice and recipes - the perfect present for that foodie friend whose loves to pour through cookbooks at bedtime.

From Seed To Bloom by Milli Proust (Quadrille, £20)

This gorgeous book is packed with beautiful photos about growing and styling your own floral arrangements.

21st Century Houses : RIBA Award-winning Homes by Dominic Bradbury (RIBA Publishing, £40)

Take a look inside the innovative and inspiring homes chosen as best-in-class by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Masterclass by Abigail Ahern (Pavilion Books, £30)

This sought-after interior designer is known for her dark, moody interiors and this coffee table tome distills all her best advice and best contacts.

The Grumpus by Alex T Smith (Macmillan Children's Books, £14.99)

Little ones will love this festive tale about a grumpy monster and his dastardly plan to stop Christmas.

Project Fairy by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Rachael Dean (Puffin, £12.99)

New fiction for the over-7s about finding magic in the everyday from the always-wonderful Jacqueline Wilson.

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama (Viking, £25)

The former First Lady and author of Becoming shares personal stories and strategies for staying hopeful in an uncertain world.

Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II by Robert Hardman (Macmillan, £20)

This fascinating and thoughtful biography from one of Britain's leading royal authorities would make a wonderful keepsake.

Meanwhile Back On Earth by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books, £16.99)

This beautifully illustrated picture book gives children a whistle-stop guide to our globe's history.

Frozen Planet II by Mark Brownlow and Elizabeth White (Ebury Publishing, £28)

Behind the scenes images from David Attenborough's landmark TV series about some of the most extreme parts of our planet.

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