When it comes to Christmas I’m all about making something or buying something that really is useful. Gone are the days when you should buy a Lush fizz ball for someone just because you don’t have a present for them. Rather bake them cookies. Or get them a book that teaches them how to bake their own cookies. Here’s a great selection of books for almost anyone in your life – and conveniently they are all available in one place – astoreisgood. Find it at Shop 3, Mooikloof Centre, Kloof Street, Cape Town.
For the man in your life:
Because if cowboys can do it then so can any man that you know. The Manly Art of Knitting by Dave Fougner separates the boys from the men – only men can ride a horse and knit at the same time.
For your artsy sister:
The ultimate way to learn about key artists from all movements and generations The Art Game by James Cahill and Mikkel Sommer is a set of artist trump cards for a slightly more elevated audience.
To amuse your uncle:
Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food by Christopher Boffoli is food done different. Think linguini carwashes and spilt milk lakes.
For any little one in your close proximity:
As far as alphabet books go Alphabetics by Patrick and Traci Concepcion is most definitely the coolest one out there.
For your sarky cousin:
It’s a Punderful Life by Gemma Correll is full of my favourite form of humour – puns.
For any design loving family member (that includes yourself):
You basically want everything thats on each one of these pages – Commune: Design in California by Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, and Pamela and Ramin Shamshiri is just the best.
For your teenage brother:
The Vegan Stoner Cookbook by Sarah Conrique and Graham I Haynes, is genius. Not just any recipes – but vegan recipes – are made simple by the cool illustrations of stoner fruit and veg just chilling out.
For your mid-century loving dad:
This is the ultimate post-modern furniture collection, Eames: Beautiful Details by Eames Demetrios. Plus if you get this for your dad then you can always ‘borrow’ it.
Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai is not only filled with recipes that will help your mom cook up a storm for Christmas lunch, but the images are amazing too.