Only 53 days remain until Christmas Day… and so the festive countdown has begun. As we slip merrily into the yuletide season, Christmas ensconces us in the warm, cinnamon-coated hug of food and revelry. However, the merry season undeniably has its stresses: Will the bird fit in the oven? Will a friendly game of Pictionary descend into a historic family feud? Will the cat bring the Christmas tree to the ground in a tumbling mess of tinsel and baubles? Anything is possible on a day that blends the combustible mix of family, brussels sprouts and whatever alcohol is to hand. However, the biggest worry of all is, of course, buying presents. The golden gift is a wonder to behold; the recipient will positively glow with your thoughtfulness and insight. Presenting your loved-one a with badly-matched gift will make you look the silly Christmas goose. To save you the mad shopper’s dash and those howling panic-buys, Turnaround have created a tailor-made gift guide to save your bacon. Have a look underneath the Christmas tree for our best offerings this year:
The ultimate after-hours party game for a spot of cheeky Crimbo ribaldry. Part of Nicotext’s bestselling party game series, this pocket book will bend the body and mind to all the naughty scenarios that Dirty Charades challenges its players. This naughty stocking-filler is hilarious fun and entertaining, but perhaps not one to play with gran after Christmas lunch.
The best gift for… Pop-Culture Lovers
Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling I Love Mel, 9780957314832, p/b, £7.50
Hey girl, Ryan Gosling is now his very own colouring-in book. The Gosling cuts a rather dashing figure in this über-cool colouring book for hip young things. The man of the moment can now be seen in dazzling colour of your choice – and each page can be lovingly adorned with whatever scribbles take your fancy. Perfect for the fans of Drive’s golden-boy….so that’s about everybody, right?
I Love Mel also offer other titles in the Colour Me Good range, such as Kate Moss, the 80’s, the 90’s, Ginger and London.
The best gift for…Foodies
Tibits at Home Tibits, 9783038007340, h/b, £25.00
Have yourself a merry veggie Christmas with this lovely all-season cookbook. Nominated as London’s best vegetarian restaurant, Tibit’s delicious grub attracts celebrities and famous foodies to its UK restaurant in London’s fashionable food quarter. Now, due to popular demand, Tibits are bringing out their first collection of recipes in English. Tibits: Stylish Vegetarian Cuisine is split into four sections according to the seasons, so that every dish features the freshest ingredients. With gorgeous photos of inspiring presentation ideas, this luxurious cookbook of 50 recipes will delight Tibits fans and newcomers alike.
The best gift for… Bookworms
The Lighthouse By Alison Moore Salt, 9781907773174, p/b, £8.99
Shortlisted this year for the Man Booker Prize, Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse is not to be missed. Moore’s debut novel is packed with suspense and intrigue as a troubled man Futh makes his lonely and contemplative walking tour through German countryside. At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, returns to the Hellhaus Hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence…
The best gift for…Football Fanatics
The Man Utd Miscellany By Andy Mitten Vision Sports Publishing, 9781907637704, h/b, £9.99
Vision Sports’ strapping team of top-notch football miscellanies are perfect gifts for football fans. Covering all of England’s major football clubs, such as Arsenal, Aston Villa, Spurs, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., each miscellany is packed full of stats, facts, quotes, anecdotes and tables from the history of each team. Brightly coloured in the home-strip, these striking keep-sakes will be on every football enthusiast’s Christmas list.
The best gift for…Fashionistas of All Ages
Advanced Style By Ari Seth Cohen Powerhouse Books, 9781576875926, h/b, £25.00
Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen’s ode to the confidence, beauty and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before – focused on the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales. Inspired by his grandmother’s unique personal style, Cohen’s collection of timeless images and words of wisdom is a lovely gift for young and old alike.
The best gift for….Jetsetters
World Grand Tour Box Set Luxe, 9789888000685, £55.00
Luxe City Guides pride themselves on being the coolest in the pack. The grandslam, gorgeous Luxe World Grand Tour Box holds 12 city guides: London, New York, Paris, Rome, LA, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and Sydney – it’s the perfect gift for the glam gadabout.
The best gift for….The Little Ones
Frankenweenie: A Cinematic Storybook
Disney Press, 9781423180173, p/b, £7.99
Tim Burton’s spooky stop-motion animation, Frankenweenie, opened the BFI London Film Festival this year to great critical acclaim. This official Disney storybook tells the heart-warming tale about a boy and his dog in full. Full of weird and wonderful characters, stunning artistry and Burton’s own signature quirk, the charming Frankenweenie storybook will delight children and adults who loved the hit film.