Are you bombarded with gift ideas this Christmas?
With the upcoming Christmas season quickly approaching, it is easy to get bombarded with gift ideas. Toys, clothes, digital gifts, and games are often the gifts advertisers target for children. As a momma of boys, I am always looking for a gift my sons will love.
Books make wonderful Christmas gifts.
One thing I often forget in the search for the perfect gift is that books make wonderful Christmas gifts. Books are not expensive and can be reread or passed down to another child to be read again. Books rarely “break” like toys do. They are not outgrown as easily as clothes. Books do not go out-of-date quickly, so they can be picked up and enjoyed long after Christmas is over. Plus, reading is something a child can do alone! Only one person is needed to enjoy a good book.
Warning: As gifts, books do not usually get an overly enthusiastic response from the recipient.
When my boys open books as gifts, they aren’t always overly enthused with them (even though my boys are avid readers). Other gifts typically get a more enthusiastic reaction. However, once Christmas is over, and the other gifts have lost their luster, the books come off the shelf.
After Christmas, I often find my boys cuddled up in blankets…reading.
Once the busyness of Christmas is over, my boys are often cuddled up in various rooms of the house reading… reading… reading. I discover them late at night in their beds…reading, begging to be allowed to read just one more chapter. I find them in the bath…reading. I hear them talking to their cousins about the book they are reading. This warms a momma’s heart!
Don’t forget to spend time choosing great books for gifts!
So, next time a birthday or Christmas rolls around, don’t forget to spend some time choosing great books for your kiddos’ gifts. While not expensive gifts, they affect your kiddos’ minds and hearts far beyond many other gifts! Just remember, the joy that comes from a book as a gift often comes AFTER the excitement over other gifts has passed.