Book Gift Guide – Christmas 2014

The boys and I love a good book. So I always make sure there are a few in their stockings or under the tree, we love curling up with a book and a cup of hot chocolate over the festive season.

Here are a few gift ideas:

The 2015 Beano Annual would make a great stocking filler. Join Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, The bash Street Kids, The Numskulls and Rodger the Dodger for 112 pages of mischief, mayhem and menacing – you’ll find stories, jokes puzzles and much more. Priced at £7.99 you can find the annual in WH Smiths, Waterstones, Argos, Supermarkets,Amazon and all other good book stockists nationwide.

If you’re searching for gift ideas for fun-filled ways to occupy children, Topps, the UK’s leading collectibles company, is on hand to ensure that kids (and grown-ups!) are kept entertained. The very latest collectible products from Topps feature kids’ favourite characters such as Dr Who, Disney’s Frozen, Match Attak 2014 -15, Moshi Monsters, Star Wars and Skylanders. All the albums are priced under £6 and single packets of stickers are priced between 50p and £1 making Topps collectibles not just entertainment, but great value for money too. Topps products are available from all good supermarkets, newsagents and independent retailers as well as online.

Sarah Hill is a small animal Vet and author of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s stories. There are 35 books in the Whimsy Wood children’s series for 5 – 8 yr olds. These are divided into 5 sets of 7 books. Each book is written specifically for a month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within the wood, change as you read through the series. Finally, there is a proverb hidden within every story for the reader to find, giving it real meaning.Each story is beautifully illustrated by Sarah Mauchline. Each book is priced at £5.99 for the paperback version or a variable price for the Kindle editions, 10% of book sales is donated to The Wildlife Trusts, UK. These books would make a great addition to any child’s book collection.


U Star Novels create books with a difference. They allow you to create a book for your child to star in alongside six of their friends, these books can’t fail to capture their imagination. For the girls you can place them in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Even your pet can have a starring role on your journey to Oz. For the boys you could capture them in Peter Pan or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. If these don’t interest you check out the other titles available as there is certainly something for all tastes and interests. Books are priced at £16.95.

For younger children U Start offer a fantastic educational gift for young children aged 3-6 years old – A personalised Word Pad priced at £12.99. These new personalised educational products are perfect for introducing your children to the high frequency words that they will be taught once they start school. Each activity page is designed to focus on name recognition together with one very important phonetic keyword. They’ll have fun learning these keywords whilst writing, colouring and creating pages they can keep or stick on the wall for ongoing word recognition. Girl and Boy themed word pads are available nursery-level children and a more advance pad is aimed at Reception / Year 1 children. 

U Star even have books for your mum, dad or Grandparents. You can transform your mum into a Jane Austen heroine – perhaps  Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice or Emma Woodhouse in Emma.  You could even cast your Dad as her real-life Mr. Darcy. For your Dad how about transforming him in to Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of The Baskervilles. Or maybe hunting vampires in Dracula.
Finally, if you like the idea of a personalised novel but would prefer one starring just you and your partner in a romantic adventure, then U Star Romantic Personalised Novels might be just for you! They offer personalised novels ranging in sauciness and have titles including Indecent in Italy, Fever in France and Amsterdam Lessons. They contain up to 30 of your personal details weaved throughout a 160-180 page novel! Priced at £24.95 each these are sure to light the sparks this festive season.

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