Bookish Gifts for the Late Shopper

Bookish Gifts 2014 with bannerStill have some gifts to buy, but worry that you’re running out of time to get them before the big day?

This is why I love online shopping – no battling the crowds in the stores, no dragging overstimulated kids in and out (and dealing with car seats and straps for the two who aren’t able to do for themselves), no extra sensory overload on me. It’s a winner all around. And even if you’ve missed the shopping deadline for Christmas delivery from many stores (like the ones I featured in last year’s bookish gifts roundup), you’ve still got plenty of time if you order from Amazon.

In case you’re also trying to take advantage of the benefits of online shopping, here are some of the bookish gifts that I’ve either already purchased, or am seriously considering:

Read-Aloud HandbookA book about books. I love supporting reading, and the benefits of reading aloud, and The Read-Aloud HandbookThe Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition by Jim Trelease does just that. Lots of information on why you should read aloud to your children, and then tons of book suggestions. If you want still more book suggestions, try Honey for a Child’s HeartHoney for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt or Honey for a Teen’s HeartHoney for a Teen's Heart by Gladys Hunt and Barbara Hampton. All are packed with great title ideas. I’m only a little bit embarrassed to admit that I own all three of them. 🙂

JackeryExtra boost for your electronic devices. My Jackery backup battery chargerJackery portable charger power bank has been one of my useful purchases over the last year. It’s small enough to easily fit in my bag, and it will charge my phone a couple of times before it needs to be recharged itself. No worries about running out of power during the day. You wouldn’t think it’d matter that much, since I’m a stay-at-home mom, but there are plenty of times when that doesn’t involve as much staying-at-home as you might think. With this backup, I can read all the books I want to on my phone with no worries about having enough power, even if I’ve been using my phone frequently.

Great First Lines of Literature MugA fun mug. I drink multiple cups of tea every day, so my mugs get tons of use. This Great First Lines of Literature MugGreat First Lines of Literature Mug looks perfect for a book lover! If you’re extra ambitious, include some of your favorite tea inside the mug.

Q&A a Day for KidsQ&A a Day Journal – either the Q&A a Day: 5-Year JournalQ&A a Day: 5-Year Journal, or the Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year JournalQ&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal. This is another one that I keep debating about getting for my kids – I think it could be so fun to do this and see how they change over the three years the journal lasts.

Spot ItGames! We’re working on establishing a family game night tradition, and it helps to have lots of variety in the games we can play. I’m not quite sure my kids are ready for Story CubesRory's Story Cubes this year, but next year I think these are going to be under the tree, and they sound like they’ll be lots of fun. For this year it’s Spot ItSpot It and UnoUno Card Game going in the kids’ stockings.

The Night Before Christmas Pop Up EditionA beautiful holiday book. On the list of definitely NOT getting this year, but maybe once my children are old enough to trust with something so delicate, a gorgeous cut paperThe Night Before Christmas: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition or pop-up bookThe Night Before Christmas Pop-up to read on Christmas Eve. Either of these are lovely, but we’re a few years out from them being safe in my house.

Sticky Note DividersNote pads! If your bookish gift recipient likes taking notes from their books, these tabbed sticky notesRedi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes 60 Ruled Notes, 4 x 6 Inches, Assorted Neon Colors (29500) tabbed sticky notes look like they would be fantastic. I’m really tempted by these, and am trying to decide how much I’d use them. Considering my heavy usage of regular sticky notes, I’m thinking probably a lot.

And if you’re really stuck for a purchase, gift cards are perhaps the ultimate last-minute idea. 🙂

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  1. I really need to get the 3 year journal — if I wrote down one funny thing my son said every day, it would be awesome to look back on in a few years!


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