Christmas 2022 is nearly upon us, so to help with some last minute gift inspiration we’ve put together a series of themed Gift Guides rounding up a selection of our favourite new releases – with a little something for everyone!
Next up: Gift Books & Stocking Fillers!
Publisher: Vintage Classics
From helpful elves to an enchanting Nutcracker, rediscover the German Christmas tales behind our most iconic festive traditions in this beautiful new addition to the Vintage Christmas Tales collection.
A gorgeous little book and the perfect Christmas stocking filler, A GERMAN CHRISTMAS is bursting with family chaos, carols and yuletide cheer, and showcases those works that have helped define the festive period the world over.
In this collection, classic works by the Brothers Grimm and Thomas Mann intertwine with more recent stories from writers like Peter Stamm and Martin Suter to bring together the greatest festive tales from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. From a child lost in a snowy, pine-scented forest meeting an unlikely saviour to old lovers reuniting during a last-minute dash across the city for presents, each story creates magical moments of reflection and rediscovery.
By Phil McCann
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
The tie-in to the popular BBC series, RHS GARDEN BRIDGEWATER: The Making of a Garden is the comprehensive guide to one of Europe’s largest and most ambitious gardening projects, the magnificent RHS Bridgewater.
RHS Garden Bridgewater has a rich history, deeply entrenched personal connections with the local community and now adazzling and exciting future, all of which is brought to life in this sumptuous book.
Set on the site of the former Worsley New Hall stately home in Manchester, bordering the Bridgewater canal, the Bridgewater garden is one of the most exciting public garden projects undertaken anywhere in the world in recent years. Guided by a masterplan from the renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, it is a showpiece of horticultural excellence with a rich array of attractions, from walled gardens and Chinese streamside features to aromatic kitchen gardens and verdant wooded areas, all placed at the heart of the community.
RHS GARDEN BRIDGEWATER: The Making of a Garden charts the glory years of royal visits to the site, the decline and fall into disrepair and the subsequent restoration and development of the gardens into what they are today.
By Monty Don & Derry Moore
Publisher: BBC Books
A beautiful coffee table book and a lovely gift for Christmas, VENETIAN GARDENS captures Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore on their historic journey through the most stunning gardens of Venice and the Veneto, giving readers new insight into one of the world’s most beloved cities
Few world cities hold the romance and historical sweep of Venice. Thousands visit every year – and a mixture of crowds and climate leave it vulnerable, so much so it is often said to be in danger of sinking – but away from the usual tourist haunts around St. Mark’s square are exceptional hidden treasures, some 500 gardens, many of them with fascinating stories.
Starting in the heart of the city and working their way out to the Veneto, Monty and Derry celebrate the beauty of these places and tell their unique stories: from a beautiful nunnery garden with a history of exotic animals and a kitchen garden of the historic Foundation to the Madonna church to the estates of famous Venetian families, like the spectacular Giusti Renaissance garden.
When it comes to beautiful books, DK never disappoint, and this stunning new title is certainly no different. WHERE TO GO WILD IN THE BRITIS ISLES is a beautiful photographic guide to British flora and fauna through the year and around the British Isles, from remote beaches to wetland centres, fens to forests, valleys to island and more!
WHERE TO GO WILD IN THE BRITIS ISLES unveils the most spectacular wild places to visit all year round. Search by time of year, destination, wildlife attraction, or simply flick through the pages and be inspired!
With over 125 great wildlife sights and wild places, there’s something for everyone – from pine martens, nesting kingfishers, and woodland butterflies, to whale watching, fishing otters, and rutting red deer. These are brought to life with stunning photography, making this book a delight to browse through as well being a working travel guide.
By Ella Harrison
If you’re looking for something a little bit different this Christmas then Ella Harrison‘s striking new book is the one for you; a beguiling, fully illustrated book and the perfect high-end gift for the wonderful witch-lover in your life!
Whatever your hopes and dreams, learn how to successfully set your intentions, raise and direct energy, and manifest your desires with 150 simple rituals. From protection and banishment spells, to empowering incantations and folk charms for good fortune – each page offers steps to enhance a different aspect of your life, allowing you to take the practice into your own hands and connect to the magick within.
Each spell is set out in simple, easy-to-follow steps, ideal for those beginning their witchcraft journey. Beautifully illustrated throughout, THE BOOK OF SPELLS includes an introduction into witchcraft, the tools you may want to include, and an extensive correspondence of herbs and crystals, as well as a simple guide to create your own unique spells and rituals.
By Philip Clayton
Another gorgeous new title from DK, A PLANT FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR encourages readers make the most of their gardens with 365 of the very best plant varieties – one for every day of the year!
Featuring expert commentary and beautiful imagery, this is another great gift for any keen gardener!
From spring blooms to winter interest and everything in between, each plant has been personally selected by expert horticulturist Phil Clayton, who draws on his nearly 20 years of RHS experience, along with his own garden favourites, to showcase a vast array of planting choices.
With a range of plants as broad as Phil’s knowledge is vast, A PLANT FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR is like taking a walk with an accomplished gardener as they show you their favourite plants. Each profile comes complete with stunning photography and an at-a-glance guide to height, spread, hardiness, and other must-know information, so you too can make the most of every season in your own garden.