Bookish Christmas Gift Ideas For The Whole Family


Books make a great gift or stocking stuffer and no matter how little or big their imaginations are, there are stories to entertain every Kiwi. If you’ve got a little bookworm in your family or your dad can’t keep his nose out of a book, we’ve put together some of our must-have titles from Hachette this year.

⬇️ Check out our favourite titles below and find more inspiration with Hachette’s interactive gift guide.

Must-have reads for KIDS

  • EDMONDS MY FIRST COOKBOOK: With the iconic illustrated step-by-step layout of the original Edmonds Junior Cookbook, kids will find it super easy to learn to cook these classic New Zealand recipes.
  • SLAY: A fierce teen game developer battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers. With threats coming from both inside and outside the game, Kiera must fight to save the safe space she’s created. But can she protect SLAY without losing herself?
  • THE WIZARDS OF ONCE: KNOCK THREE TIMES – Book 3: Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful Magic in an exciting fantasy adventure. The latest from the author of How To Train Your Dragon.
  • THE CHRISTMAS LOOKY BOOK: This is a gorgeous and enthralling book for children, featuring 11 huge puzzles all with colourful New Zealand landscapes, birds and animals – and a Christmas theme! From bestselling NZ children’s illustrator Donovan Bixley.
  • TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR: (Also known as Tīrama Tīrama Whetū Riki E). Join Ruru while she delivers the mail to her avian friends like Tui and Piwakawaka at night. Featuring the lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in English and te reo Māori.

Must-have reads for ADULTS

  • THE NEW EVERYDAY: Food in a Minute is back with a fresh collection of their most popular recipes and some exciting new dishes to inspire your everyday cooking. The recipes are simple, delicious and easy to follow with customisable tips to satisfy any tastebud.
  • TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES: An inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read bringing Billy’s very best storytelling together.
  • THE GUARDIANS: Framed for murder and imprisoned for 22 years, Quincy Miller will need a miracle to save him.
  • THE FAMILY GIFT: Freya’s family is under threat – from manipulative family to her inner critic. But when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.
  • IMAGINARY FRIEND: Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher. Their world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Woods – where 50 years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred. When he emerges six days later, unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of tragedy to come. What follows is a moving, thrilling, chilling modern masterpiece – read with the lights on!


  1. MuddledUpMolly 01/12/2019 at 11:01 pm

    There are some great ideas here! For Master 9 I like the look of the junior cook book and for Miss 3 the Christmas looky book looks really good!

  2. Loucyd3 01/12/2019 at 12:48 am

    My daughter loves her books and she would love twinkle, twinkle little star, the story and characters would really capture her attention. We go to the public library once a month and always take a good variety of books for all 3 of our children who love to read.

  3. Alezandra 01/12/2019 at 12:28 am

    These are such a good selection and gives me a condensed list of books that I could possibly buy for gifting. I didn’t know the Cressida Crowell had a new series. Such a big fan of How to Train Your Dragon so this is going on my own to-read books.

  4. Micht 30/11/2019 at 10:54 pm

    Id love to say i will get a chance to read but i havent had one in forever.. i love the look of John Grisham and cathy kelly… i also love the edmonds kids cookbook which will be a must do for these holidays coming.. thank you for good recommendations.

  5. dawnblyth 26/11/2019 at 3:53 pm

    I try to add in a book at Christmas every year As my 11yr old son gets older, I find it harder to find something he enjoys reading. There are so many football related fictional books I’ve found. Its great to have a few suggestions like these to help me along the way!

  6. SarahBlair 23/11/2019 at 6:11 pm

    My kids get books every year for Christmas (among other things) and this year will not be an exception. My daughter is always asking to help cook so the Edmonds My First Cookbook would be perfect for her and my 5 year old would love the Christmas Looky Book!

  7. Bevik1971 19/11/2019 at 9:24 am

    These all look great! I would love to get the Edmonds Cookbook for kids for my daughter, she turns 7 on Boxing Day and loves baking with me 🙂 She also loves Where’s Wally and has been bringing home these books from the School library – of course I can’t see squat without my glasses haha!

  8. Mands1980 14/11/2019 at 8:46 pm

    Books are always a great idea I love the my first cookbook this sounds ideal for my daughter she has been doing a bit of cooking at school and wants to do
    more at home now so this would be great. I really need to go to a book store and look for some other book ideas for the other kids since Christmas is approaching fast.

  9. Jen_Wiig 12/11/2019 at 10:25 am

    Wow some great reads on here. I definitely have book worms… 3 of them so every year on bdays and Xmas they will get a new book… I was abit stuck for what to get Mr 13 this year but he’s recently taken a real keen interest in cooking so seeing the edmonds one listed here has now given me an idea for what to get him… Yay.
    I will admit I get abit worried about buying books for other family members as I’m never too sure if 1 they’ve read it and don’t want to give it away or 2 if it is their kinda reading.

  10. Shorrty4life1 11/11/2019 at 10:12 am

    What a great idea. Books are always such a great gift idea to make sure people get some relaxation over the Christmas period and what better way to get them to do it. I think the Edmonds my first cook book is a great idea as it gets kids creative over the holidays and their brain is still thinking etc. I also love the Christmas looky book idea as my son is right into where’s wally at the moment we do it each morning at school and this book sounds very similar 😊. I won’t say I’m going to look into getting any books for myself as nursing science reading up is weighing me down with alot of reading for next year at the moment.

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