Top National Trust book choices for Christmas

A collection of some of our recommended reads for Christmas 2018

We're a bit biased here in the publishing team, but we think that a National Trust book makes for the perfect Christmas gift. Here's our choices for 2018.

You can tailor a book to someone's interests, they can read it again and again – and they're pretty easy to wrap, too. 

The only problem is that there's so many out there, how do you choose the perfect one?

We're here to help you narrow down the selection with our recommendations for bookworms of all ages and interests, including children's poetry books that will last a lifetime, to fun stocking fillers and mouthwatering cookbooks – and plenty in between. 

The jacket cover of I Am The Seed

For every child to treasure 

If you’re looking for a beautiful gift they'll keep forever, this tome of 366 poems – one for each day of the year, including leap years – is it. They can find what poem matches their birthday, the one deemed perfect for Christmas day (the Holly and the Ivy, in case you were wondering), seaside-themed summer stanzas and musings on the joy of autumn colour, all accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.

Cats of the National Trust book cover

For animal lovers 

Discover the cats and cat-lovers who lived in National Trust places, from Craig and Committee, the social media stars who rule the roost at Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire, to ailurophiles such as Sir Winston Churchill and Betty Hussey of Scotney Castle, Kent. Accompanied by lots of lovely photographs and illustrations, this book is fit for all feline fanatics.

The National Trust Book of Crumbles cover

For the sweet-of-tooth 

A great little stocking filler, this companion to the National Trust Book of Scones has no less than 50 comforting crumble recipes, both savoury and sweet. Start with fish and dill, follow it up with apricot and pistachio or raspberry gingerbread, and perhaps have a Christmas mincemeat and cranberry crumble bar waiting for later.

Vita & Virginia book cover

For literature lovers 

For the person who loves to spend the hazy post-Christmas Dinner hours curled under a blanket with a gripping story. This beautiful, illustrated and absorbing double biography reveals the story of the friendship and love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf in the 1920s.

The book jacket for The Lazy Weekend Cookbook

For foodies 

This book is full of 100 easy-to-follow ideas for brunches, barbeques and long, lazy dinners, from huevos rancheros and chorizo hash browns to fish tacos and Persian stuffed lamb shoulder. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen but doesn’t always have lots of time to dedicate to it. Be sure you wangle an invite to dinner, because you’re going to want to test out the results.

The Story of the English Garden book cover

For green-fingered friends  

How have gardens changed over time? Where is the longest known beehive wall and who were the first ‘garden tourists’? Ambra Edward’s beautiful book is a definitive, but easy-to-read exploration of over 500 years of garden history that your garden-loving friends will adore.

How to Help A Hedgehog book jacket

For wildlife warriors 

Help kids help the planet. This book by CBeebies presenter Jess French introduces the wildlife that lives in 13 different habitats, from gardens and oceans to mountains and jungles, and shows the simple things you can do to help them, whether that’s building a bug hotel or making little but important changes around the house.

Nature Almanac book cover

For outdoor explorers 

If you know a kid (or a big kid) who loves trying new things outside, this is the perfect gift. There’s ideas for all the best things to do each month, from finding toad crossings in February to sea-swimming in September (the best month to go) and December nature walks. There’s lots of fun facts about each month too, for once they come back inside.

Book cover for Who's Hiding On the River

For water babies 

Can you spot the salmon, the stoat or the swan? Perfect for mini bookworms, this look-under-the-flaps picture book is full of fun river facts and will provide no end of entertainment on Christmas morning.