The 2021 passive-aggressive gift guide

Maybe it’s your officious brother-in-law, your housemate’s insufferable new boyfriend, the judgemental mother of your child’s best friend… there’s always someone whose presence on your gift list is more duty than delight. Our handy passive-aggressive gift guide offers some good suggestions for books that that read between the lines.


For the person who definitely buys everything from Amazon:

Try… Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-click America by Alec MacGillis


For that person who has fallen down the internet rabbit hole:

Try… QAnon and On by Van Badham


For someone who somehow manages to use every pot in the house when it’s their turn to cook:

Try… One Pan Perfect by Donna Hay


For that family member full of helpful (not) advice:

Try… You’re Doing it Wrong by Kaz Cooke


For someone who has spent the past two years moaning about how they haven’t been able to travel internationally:

Try… Lonely Planet Australia’s Best Trips by Lonely Planet


For that mean kid in the playground your child is weirdly fixated on:

Try… It’s Cool to Be Kind By Sophie Beer


For that person who definitely still calls grown women “girls”:

Try… The Authority Gap By Mary Ann Sieghart


For someone who always looks down their noses at other people:

Try… How to Deal With Idiots: (And Stop Being One Yourself) by Maxime Rovere (translated by David Bellos)


For the date who slops a jar of Leggo’s over overcooked penne and calls it “cuisine”:

Try… Death to Jar Sauce by Nat’s What I Reckon


For the male friend who post-lockdown is still having trouble giving up the tracky daks:

Try… Men In this Town: A Decade of Men’s Street Style by Giuseppe Santamaria


For someone who probably needs to curb their pandemic shopping habits:

Try… Consumed by Aja Barber


For that family member who’s still on the fence about getting the vaccine:

Try… The First Shots by Brendan Borrell


For that person who is always spoiling for a fight at the dinner table:

Try… No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion by Alexandra Hansen & The Conversation


For that person whose feminism is ten years out of date…

Try… Against White Feminism by Rafia Zakaria


For that friend who thinks being bitchy is a fun personality trait:

Try… Keanu Reeves' Guide to Kindness


For the person who genuinely believes Australia isn’t a racist country:

Try… Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego


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You're Doing it Wrong

You’re Doing it Wrong

Kaz Cooke

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