From difficult dads, to best friends who already have everything – we all have someone on our Christmas present list who is impossible to buy for.
Luckily, some of our fabulous authors are here to share the trickiest names on their lists… and offer up some much-needed Christmas gifting inspiration!
Some people are truly gifted when it comes to shopping for presents. I am not. My solution is to throw money at the problem so that while the gift may be unsuitable and disliked, it will at least be expensive so I can’t be accused of being ungenerous. My mother is always a challenge because whatever good ideas I might have had were all used up years ago.
Hmmm, I think maybe my Mum. She always says she doesn’t want anything! And I always want to get her something she’d really enjoy. Usually I buy her books which I know she’ll enjoy, especially armchair travel ones.
My husband is always tricky to buy for, especially since he stopped wearing ties to work and shaved off his beard (who knew fancy beard products were a thing?). It’s the one time of the year when I wish he wasn’t such a “low maintenance man”. When I ask for ideas (we’re fairly pragmatic in our family), he reminds me that he already has more books on famous explorers than he has time to read, owns a shirt for every day of the week and the less said about that kite-surfing lesson I bought him one Christmas the better. This year I’ve decided to give my husband a voucher for dinner for two at our favourite restaurant. That way, hopefully I get to enjoy it too.
My dad, definitely. He doesn’t like anything ‘specific’ so inevitably he gets something sensible from Marks and Spencer.
And for a gift that’s sure to be a winner, here are some brilliant new reads courtesy of our lovely authors!
Next up in our Christmas author series, we asked our lovely authors Erin Kelly, Joanna Bolouri, Olivia Beirne and Daniela Sacerdoti a very important festive question: if you had to buy a Christmas gift for one of your characters, who would you choose and why?
Alice, the little girl from The Poison Tree, would be nineteen now. With parents like hers, she could probably do with a spa weekend or a course of therapy.
I would buy Phoebe from The List an iTunes gift card as she needs a better taste in music.
Oh gosh that’s a good question. I think they’d all be terrible to buy for. I reckon I’d have to buy for Georgia and I think she’d really enjoy one of those cushion scarfs so that she could nap on the tube/in meetings/flick her sunglasses down so Sally can’t see her eyes when she’s talking. As I’m writing this, I realise that I would also really enjoy one of those and why haven’t I done all of those things sooner?
Oh, that’s hard…I would buy for all of them and feel bad if I forgot one! I think I would pick Cora from I Will Find You, and I would give her a voucher for John Lewis – I know a voucher can sound quite anonymous, but Cora loves weaving and sewing, and the selection of fabrics and craft materials in John Lewis is amazing…so I think she could go and have a little splurge on me. I would also like to make a girly package for Anna from Take Me Home, with a nice top and make up. Anna loves pretty things but she tends not to indulge herself, and treat her daughter instead (like most mums do!). So I’d like to spoil her a little.
Another year of adventures in bed!
When Phoebe and Oliver had their happy ending, they thought the hard part was over. And now, with a five year old daughter, they are far from the blissful hedonistic lifestyle of when they first started dating.
Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it. But with distractions aplenty, will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?
From mix tapes to ‘sex jars’, this is the naughtiest rom com you will ever read. From the bestselling author of The List.
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There are several things which epitomise Christmas for me. Here are a few:
Checking the fridge.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve already eaten sixteen times before 2pm, I will still visit the fridge on a regular basis to see what else I can stuff into my expanding face.
Realising how terrible at wrapping I am.
Every year I try my hardest to produce lovely, perfectly wrapped gifts an every year I end up giving gifts that look like they’ve been through a terrible trauma.
Playing games with my family.
My family likes to play games after dinner. Anything stupid will do. Last year we stuck post-it notes to our head, this year we’re playing that game with the mouth guard which makes you spit all over your loved ones.
Watching films I’ve seen a thousand times.
If I don’t sit through Die Hard, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and Indiana Jones at least once, well it just isn’t a proper Christmas.
Jo’s fun and festive new book The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is out now in paperback, and available to download for just 99p! Guaranteed to have you chuckling into the New Year.
In case you missed it…
Jo Bolouri on whether or not Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year
Cate Woods tells us what she’s hoping to find under the tree this year
Hannah Doyle on the ten things she wishes she’d said YES to