Better Ways To Give Books For Christmas
Depending on the recipient, books can be the star of your Christmas show or a supporting side character. If books are a must-buy for family or friends in your life, you probably aren't worried as much about how you wrap them up because you know they'll appreciate the book itself. But if you're taking a chance on a new author or a completely new genre, you might be wondering how you can turn a simple paperback into one of the most interesting presents under the tree. Learn a few tricks on how to liven up your Christmas with these better ideas for giving books.
Much like hiding gift cards in men's leather wallets is a fun surprise for the recipient, adding the right items to the books you plan on giving is the perfect way to take a present to the next level. The most attractive part about buying books as gifts is the fact that there are so many different types of books out there for almost everyone on your list. Sketchbooks or books for your artist pair perfectly with pencil sets, paint brushes or even a nice frame to showcase their next piece. A decorative planter makes the perfect holder for a gardening book. Die-cast cars go great with books for the racing enthusiast or classic car enthusiast, and movie tickets, such as to the new Star Wars movie coming out this winter, are the perfect add-on to Star Wars gifts and books.
Kids can be some of the toughest book critics, especially during Christmas morning. Even some kids who adore books might not be as excited to find a fresh hardcover instead of a kids' guitar. Don't let that stop you from giving them a book you know they'll enjoy. Refer to your awesome add-on experience to help you turn a simple children's book into the most interesting gift under the tree. Some children's books even come bundled with stuffed animal characters on the side that help bring the story to life. Whatever book you buy, check out the cover and skim through it beforehand to find out if there are any gifts you can add on to bring the plot or characters to life.
Read & Write
Many readers aspire to write in some way, and that's not limited to creative writers, journalists or poets. Many people like having a convenient place to jot down their ideas, recipes and notes. No matter what kind of book you're giving, you can make it more meaningful with a journal or a diary. Add a photo album or picture frame to a book for your photographer. Add a tiny notepad to anyone's stocking or a bundle of office products like new pens or a decorative pen holder set to inspirational books, devotionals, history books and more so they can take notes as they read.
If one book is good, more books are better. Books make it easy to fill out your Christmas list and fill in the gaps under your tree, especially when the big day gets closer and closer. It's also easy to put together a book bundle. For fiction, there are many great books that are already bundled in a series. You can also mix and match books yourself to create a book bundle for the recipient who's interested in a variety of subjects. Book bundles are a nice solution if you think the book you really want to give is hit or miss. Find a few you know they'll like and throw in some of the books you're taking a chance on for the first time to increase your chances of gifting a gem.
Books are some of the easiest gifts to identify under the tree, but there are plenty of easy ways to disguise them. Stockings and gift bags are time-tested favorites for wrapping books, but you can also combine the books with other gifts to create a loaded super gift. It's particularly fun if you can combine all your books, add-ons and holders with a nice theme. For example, if you're shopping for the foodie in the family, wrapping that new cookbook and some cooking utensils in some holiday bakeware and topping it off with a monogrammed cutting board shows them how much thought you put into making their holiday special.