The Profile Christmas Gifting Guide 2021

30 November 2021

Christmas is just around the corner, and we have you covered with some fantastic festive gifting suggestions! Whether you’re shopping for presents for foodies, history buffs or art and design lovers, or simply trying to find the perfect stocking filler, there’s something for everyone in our Christmas gifting guide.

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FOR HISTORY BUFFS

The Wordhord by Hana Videen is the perfect gift for the wordsmith in your life – an illuminating collection of weird, wonderful and downright baffling words from the origins of English. In The Library – the first major history of its kind – Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen explore the contested and dramatic history of the library, from the famous collections of the ancient world to the embattled public resources we cherish today. Published in time for the 700th anniversary of his death, Dante by Alessandro Barbero and translated by Allan Cameron brings the legendary author’s Italy to life, describing the political intrigue, battles, city and society that shaped his life and work.

FOR ART & DESIGN LOVERS

Fabric by Victoria Finlay is a visually stunning work that spins us around the globe, unwinding our history through cloth. The first major biography for our time, Magritte by celebrated biographer of Cézanne Alex Danchev is a deep examination of the Belgian surrealist. In Art of the Extreme, Sotherby’s director Philip Hook explores the ten most revolutionary years in art: 1905–1914. The Colour Code by Paul Simpson is a kaleidoscopic compendium of stories about our spectrum, with full-colour illustrations throughout. An ode to the software we love to hate, Everything I Know about Life I Learned from PowerPoint by Russell Davies is a witty and design-led book, perfect for office secret Santa!

FOR FOODIES

From the bestselling author of A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles comes A Cheesemonger’s Compendium of British and Irish Cheese – a delicious guide to artisanal and farmhouse cheeses by Ned Palmer. In At Christmas We Feast, Annie Gray celebrates festive food through the ages, from plum pudding and mince pies to boar’s head and brawn.

FOR NATURE NUTS

The perfect gift for adventurous parents and children alike, The Nature Seed by Lucy Jones and Kenneth Greenway is a practical guide to sharing the wonders of the natural world with your children. A Spotter’s Guide to Countryside Mysteries from bestselling author John Wright is a beautifully illustrated guide to the great outdoors, that shines a light on the details we might otherwise miss. In Being a Human, Charles Foster sets out to understand what a human is, inhabiting the sensory worlds of humans at three pivotal moments in our history. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil is a celebration of the natural world through stunningly illustrated and poetic essays. Vivid and charming, Birding Without Borders is a story of one man’s quest to see half the world’s 10,000 species of bird in one year.

FOR THE INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS

From junior barrister Christian Weaver, The Law in 60 Seconds is an indispensable and accessible legal handbook to give you the confidence and clarity to take control in any situation. The latest book from the master of self-development, The Daily Laws by Robert Greene distils wisdom about power, seduction, strategy, psychology and human nature into daily entries. Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday is the first in a new series examining the four key virtues of Stoicism, starting with an inspiring anthem to the power, promise and challenges of courage.

AND FINALLY… THE PERFECT STOCKING FILLERS

The Handshake by paleoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi is a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery revealing the secrets of one of our most ancient social gestures. Ideal gifting for fans of the multiverse, All of the Marvels by Douglas Wolk is a celebration of the past 60 years of Marvel, from the man who has read all 27,000 comics. Beautifully redesigned with new illustrations by Lydia Coventry, Warning is a charming gift book of the uplifting poem by Jenny Joseph about growing older, twice voted poem of the year. Truly Peculiar by Tom Standage is another collection of astonishing facts from The Economist covering questions such as ‘Where can you wed your mobile phone?’ and ‘Why do septuagenarians have a better chance of summiting Mount Everest than ever?’. Featuring stories by Dorothy L. Sayers, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Billingham, Murder on a Winter’s Night is a chilling Yuletide collection of ten classic crime stories.