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Last Minute Christmas Gift Recommendations

Posted on 15/12/2016 in Books

Tomorrow (Friday 16th December) is the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery on orders from! But don’t panic – here are some (age appropriate) last-minute Christmas gift recommendations:

My First Scottish Animals jacket coverFor 1 – 3 year olds:

Our Wee Kelpies library, featuring colourful board books with a Scottish twist, illustrated by Kate McLelland make great gifts for wee ones (whether they’re Scottish or not!)


We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt jacket coverFor 3 – 6 year olds:

From the rambunctious to the gentle, there’s a Picture Kelpie for every child!

Little adventurers will love We’re Gangin on a Bear Hunt – the Scots language version of Michael Rosen’s classic.

My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose jacket coverFor the cuddlier kid, how about our unique version of Robert Burns’ My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose – reimagined as the love between a mother and child.

Grouse and the Mouse jacket coverEmily Dodd’s tale of valuing difference, The Grouse and the Mouse will make a great Christmas gift for little animal lovers.


For 6 – 8 year olds:

Calum's New Team jacket coverEach of our Young Kelpies series are highly illustrated and great for early or reluctant readers. And they all come with trading cards, games and puzzles!

Football fans will love Danny Scott’s Scotland Stars F.C. series. Don’t miss a minute of the non-stop action as 10-year-old Calum Ferguson struggles to settle into a new town whilst fighting for his place on the school football team.

Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion jacket coverFor children who like their stories funny and fearsome, try David MacPhail’s Thorfinn the Nicest Viking. Set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless, what could possibly go wrong for the nicest, politest Viking that ever lived?

For 8 – 12 year olds:

Beginner's Guide to Curses jacket coverSo much choice! Why not use our interactive Kelpies map to find a story set near you?

Lari Don’s The Beginner’s Guide to Curses opens a world of brilliant magic, dark danger and extraordinary friendship in the first installment of the long-awaited Spellchasers trilogy.  The Sunday Herald has rated it “among the most exciting books of 2016 for 8-12 year olds.” Fantasy adventure lover, tick!

Shadowsmith jacket coverDo you know someone who likes their books with bite? Then Shadowsmith, by Blue Peter Book Award winner Ross MacKenzie will hit the spot. But be warned, this one is only for the brave.

Odin Blew Up My TV! jacket coverFor those who like their adventures zany, hilarious, with a smattering of Norse gods, The World’s Gone Loki trilogy by Robert J. Harris may be just the ticket. Set in St Andrews, this is a series full to bursting with monsters, mayhem and mischief…



For 12 – 15 year olds:

Devil You Know jacket coverMatch your teen with attitude to one of our KelpiesTeen books!

For the realist, Cathy MacPhail’s Devil You Know should hit the right buttons. This gritty crime thriller, set in Glasgow, has a killer twist! (No spoilers…)

Beneath jacket coverFor the romantic, try Gill Arbuthnott’s Beneath. Caught between two worlds, between kelpies and humans, and between mysterious Finn and brave Magnus, Jess must chose between what she’s always known – and what lies beneath.

Order now for £5 off orders over £20 using discount code GIFT16! Place your order before 5pm tomorrow, 16 December, for delivery in the UK in time for Christmas.










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