Worrying what to get kids for Christmas?
This blog post is by Nicola Baird sharing ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children. This post is all about how to buy a book even if you are lying prone in your bed with a broken hip (which luckily I’m not!). For more info about my book Homemade Kids, with lots of ideas about parenting click here.
Worrying about what to get kids for Christmas? Stop, stop right now. There’s nothing to worry about. Books are what you get a child for Christmas (birthdays, name days, achievements, Christenings, confirmations, etc). And one good book is far better than two.
There are several ways to find the right book:
- Via Amazon.co.uk – brilliant because Amazon can send it direct to the door, even to friends who live in Solomon Islands or Japan! OK Amazon doesn’t pay enough tax, and are killing book shops but ticks for everything else
- Via a book shop and choose something the kids’ section staff recommends (or better still the kids in the shop).
- Choose something made or written by a local writer/cartoonist if it’s on sale at a craft sale, Christmas sale or similar locally.
- Buy a voucher. £10 is enough for a paperback or a book for a younger child. Recently my girls have been given £15 vouchers which gives them a lot more choice – though the amount makes me swoon. Books ought to be pocket money prices (ie, less than £1).
- Go to a charity shop and get rummaging – or find a specialised Oxfam book shop (which now has more than 100 branches) – and pick out something you used to love when you were little.
- Write your own – easy you know, just don’t leave it until the last minute.
- Buy a book that you don’t mind writing on and then using permanent marker pens and or white sticky labels adapt the story so the stars acquire the name of the child you wish to gift it too. This is especially fun as a gift for a big brother/sister who might be smarting from the arrival of a sibling baby.
I hope this helps. As for me, well I know what I want for Christmas… what the kids are having.