Emergency last-minute gift ideas

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. While our online shopping deadline has passed, our seven brick and mortar shops are open all the way up to Christmas Eve and our knowledgeable booksellers are on hand to answer all your tricky gift-giving questions.

If you’re short on time, we’ve also compiled a list of last-minute emergency gift ideas below. (And don’t forget – we also offer gift vouchers for use in-store and online!)

You’re looking to buy a gift that will suit a whole family with very young children.

Sophie Beer’s Love Makes a Family is a bright board book with an all-loving message at its heart.

You’re looking to buy a gift that will suit a whole family with older children.

Suitable for ages 10 through to adults, Tales from the Inner City is a collection of illustrated stories from Shaun Tan that reflects on the relationship between humans and animals.

For a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Ottolenghi SIMPLE features the powerhouse chef’s signature fresh and vibrant flavours in 130 recipes designed for busy lifestyles.

You’re completely stumped as to what to buy a certain relative.

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country is a thoughtfully curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.

You need something nice, budget-friendly and with wide appeal for an unexpected addition to your Christmas celebrations.

Westography is a lovely gift book featuring some of Warren Kirk’s finest photographs of Melbourne’s evolving western suburbs.

Your literary-minded friend has asked for a big, meaty book to sink their teeth into over the holidays.

The recipient of enormous praise this past year, The Overstory is a sweeping and utterly immersive novel of activism and resistance, as well as a stunning evocation of the natural world.

You’re looking for a child in early primary school.

The Tales of Mr Walker is an adorable collection of illustrated stories based on the adventures of a real-life Guide Dog Ambassador who lives here in Melbourne.

You need a gift for an unknown teen.

Beloved YA author Patrick Ness offers his unique take on Moby Dick in And the Ocean Was Our Sky, a surreal story narrated by a whale and illustrated by Australian artist Rovina Cai.

You want a coffee table book that will take someone’s breath away.

Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s protected places brings together breathtaking photographs of the places that the Wilderness Society have campaigned to protect for over 40 years. (As a bonus, funds raised from this book’s sales will go towards the organisation’s ongoing work.)

For the the person who is deeply passionate about literature.

Books That Saved My Life is a witty and heartfelt love letter to reading, and an examination of how books can shape a life.

For the person who only reads politics or biography or, even more specifically, political biographies.

Tiberius with a Telephone is an authoritative and entertaining account of former Prime Minister William McMahon, and an influential period in Australia’s history

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Welcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

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