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Book gift ideas for every kind of reader


by Amanda Kavanagh
16th Dec 2018

Anyone who said books and socks make for boring gifts has clearly never received a delightfully absorbing book or a pair of snuggly socks. And, they even go well together, so why not show someone how well you know them with a book worth presenting.

For the Creative

Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams profiles over 80 of the world’s leading creative directors in this beautifully bound tome. Divided into fashion, publishing and entertainment, readers get an insight into how creatives like Erdem, Margaret Howell, Jonathan Anderson and Clare Waight Keller have refined their eye; how they’ve developed their aesthetic and how they communicate it. With recommendations of the books they read, the mentors that have guided them, and striking black and white photography, The Eye is just the beginning of an inspirational rabbit hole. (Artisan Books, €40)

For the Upcycler

The new book from Mark and Sally Bailey of Baileys Home, Made of Wood, looks at how we use this ancient and versatile material in our homes and features 12 case studies of inspiring projects. Even if you don’t muster up the energy to follow its advice, it’s lovely to look at. (Ryland, Peters & Small, €28)

For the Interior Design Fanatic

Now on Volume 22, Andrew Martin’s weighty 500-page Interior Design Review provides a showcase for 100 interior designers from all six continents, who have been honoured for lavish projects completed in the last two years. We have already bookmarked balanced and restrained projects from Sydney’s Decus Interiors, pictured left. (teNeues, €50)

For the Gardener

Take a tour around the globe in Glasshouse Greenhouse, the first book from photography duo India Hobson and Magnus Edmondson (aka @haarkon_), who got hooked on places where engineering and nature come together, and made it their mission to visit the world’s most impressive botanical spaces. (Pavillion, €25)

For the Food Lover

In the eagerly awaited follow-up to Gather, River Cottager Gill Meller shares his approach to food, moving through morning, day and night and of course, the seasons, in Time. We’re vowing to make these mussel croquettes. (Quadrille, €28)

For the Smallie

Our nation’s favourite topic of conversation is now available in book form. Here, Met Éireann and RTÉ’s Joanna Donnelly explains what the weather is and how it happens, with more than a little help from illustrator Fuchsia MacAree. Ideal for mini meteorologists or anyone who has more than one weather app on their phone. (Gill Books, €25)