Gift ideas for book lovers: Christmas sorted for every type of bookworm

Struggling with some last-minute Christmas shopping? We've found the perfect reads for every bookworm in your life. You're welcome.

No matter who you’re buying for, books are always a failsafe Christmas present and with 2016 serving up some exciting new releases, there is truly something for everyone – and they’re all the ideal shape for easy wrapping.

This year we’ve done all the hard work for you – here’s a book shaped Christmas present for every bookworm in your life…

1. FOR THE INSTAGRAM ADDICT…
Capture Your Style: Transform Your Instagram Images, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform, by Aimee Song

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Whether you’re buying for someone launching an online brand or just wanting to share a few filtered breakfast snaps, you can’t go wrong with this book. In this ultimate how-to Instagram guide, Aimee (boasting over four million followers by the way gives all of her insider tips on how to build a top Instagram brand, from curating a gorgeous feed and styling food photo shoots to the secrets to gaining followers and turning your profile into a major marketing tool.

2. FOR THE GIRL BOSS…
Nasty Galaxy, by Sophia Amoruso

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The best-selling author of #GIRLBOSS and founder of NastyGal is back, this time with her life bible: Nasty Galaxy. The book is part scrapbook, filled with inspirational short essays, photos and anecdotes and insights from girl bosses and female CEOs across the globe.

3. FOR THE FASHION LOVER…
Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood’s new book is made up of the designer’s diary entries from 2010. From politics and fashion to art and the environment, Vivienne’s thoughts and anecdotes are nothing but unpredictable – she’ll be having lunch with the Dalai Lama one minute and then jetting off to India for Naomi Campbell’s birthday party the next. It really is a must read for fashionistas everywhere.

4. FOR THE ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR…
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

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If you’re buying for a female creative, look no further. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 creative and influential women, all offering up practical business tips and their keys to success. Featuring women ranging from Maira Kalman to Carrie Brownstein, this book makes a point of featuring women of all industries, backgrounds, races and ages. Not to mention – never had a business book looked so chic.

5. FOR THE NEW HOMEOWNER…
Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home, by Rebecca Atwood

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This is the perfect coffee table book for a new home, talking you through pattern and how to decorate a space. Featuring 22 beautiful homes across 7 cities – all belonging to creatives and interior designers, the book teaches how to use pattern to reflect your story. Expect shots of beautiful homes, useful tips, and instructions for creating a personal, patterned space.

6. FOR THE TRAVELER… 
The Best Places to be Today: 365 Things to Do & the Perfect Day to Do Them, by Lonely Planet 

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The Best Place to be Today is the perfect gift for travellers and adventurers – the book detailing the best thing to do every day of the year to help you make the most of your time. From one-off events like India’s Holi festival and weather dependent adventures like completing the Tour de Mont Blanc, to seasonal events like the Northern Lights and Alaska’s caribou migration, this inspirational book covers everything.

7. FOR THE HOSTESS… 
Kate Spade New York: All in Good Taste, by Kate Spade 

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If you’re struggling with gift ideas for the ‘Monica’ in your friendship group, Kate Spade could have your answer. Her coffee table book is as beautiful as it is informative, offering up a cool and stylish guide to entertaining for the modern hostess. Packed with recipes, unpretentious advice and how-tos, it covers everything from how to shuck an oyster to tips to guiding a dinner-table discussion – it even breaks down Instagram dinner etiquette.

8. FOR THE CHILDHOOD FRIEND… 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany 

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With the two-part West End stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, proving to be a huge hit (and impossible to get tickets to), what better gift to get the childhood friend that you grew up reading the HP series with than the play’s rehearsal script, acknowledged as the eighth official Harry Potter. Following on from where the seventh book ended, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set in 2020, following an older Harry, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his son Albus Severus. It’s surely the next best thing to the theatre tickets.

9. FOR THE HEALTH OBSESSSED… 
Eat beautiful, by Wendy Rowe 

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Healthy eating has been a key beauty trend for 2016, with the concept of eating yourself beautiful gaining followers across the globe. Make up artist and beauty consultant Wendy Rowe presents her holistic approach to the trend in this coffee table book, packed with suggestions for pampering yourself and recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, cleansers and toners. She will breakdown the ingredients that feed your skin and showcase the essential foods to target specific beauty problems.

10. FOR THE FEMINIST…
Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Hidden Figures isn’t just a great novel – it’s a true (and very empowering) story, following the African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in Space. With the film adaptation coming out in the new year (starring Janelle Monae and Viola Davis with music by Pharrell FYI), it’s the perfect Christmas read.

11. FOR THE POWER-WORKING PARENT…
It’s All Easy, by Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest cookbook is a godsend for working parents with mouths to feed. It’s All Easy features her favorite recipes, from easy suppers to lazy breakfasts – all able to be made in the same amount of time that it would take to order a takeaway. These dishes however, from Chicken Enchiladas to Chocolate Cinnamon overnight Oats are packed with goodness and contain little or no sugar, fat or gluten. A useful book for any power-working parent’s bookshelf.

12. FOR THE JOKER…
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer’s hilarious autobiography is a dream gift for smart, funny women everywhere – bursting with stories and anecdotes by the award-winning comedian. Her book literally covers everything – from her funny take on one-night stands and bad sex– all the way to her troubled relationship with her mother and her opinions on US gun violence, sexual assault and consent. Did we mention it topped the New York Times Best Seller list almost immediately?

13. FOR THE OVER-STRESSED…
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness, by Marie Tourell Søderberg

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Hygge, the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures, has undoubtedly been one of 2016’s hottest trends, with people across the globe suddenly adopting the cosy Danish way of life. If you’ve got a friend or relative who is pushing themselves too hard, this book by Danish actress and hygge fanatic, Marie Tourell Søderberg, could be just the thing. It’s the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and living the Hygge life.

14. FOR THE THRILLER LOVER… 

Behind Closed Doors, by B A Paris

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Dubbed the next Girl on a Train, this book is a great new read for any thriller lover. The story, each chapter alternating between past and present time, follows Jack and Grace, a seemingly perfect couple, who as the book progresses and pieces of disturbing information emerge, we start to see in a completely different light.

15. FOR THE YOUTUBE-OBSESSED NIECES AND NEPHEWS…
Generation Next, by Oli White

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You may not have heard of Oli White, but the chances are that your post-millennial relatives will have. The YouTube star (boasting over 2.5 million followers FYI) has just released his debut novel, telling a story a lot like his. Generation Next follows a group of teenagers who create a new social media platform which, when it goes viral, thrusts them into a life of fame.

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