Offering a book for Christmas prevents the “Summer slide” and is a great way to show you value books and reading. So head down to the bookshop and stroll the shelves. What to choose?
- A book of the genre your teen likes
- A series is a great gift as it is difficult to get them all in order from libraries.
- An award-winning book, they are actually usually good
- Books to Films are popular eg. Mortal Engine, by Philip Pullman
- A book to convey a message, eg. Life of Pi
- A useful book, eg. cooking or fitness (for teens)
If you don’t know, go book shopping with your child, it is a great way to talk books, what s/he likes, what you like or offer a book voucher.
I like to make hamper presents that include a book. It demonstrates actively the usefulness and ubiquity of reading. For example:
- a learn-to-knit book in a basket with wool and needles
- a learn-to-fish book with a fishing rod and kit
- bike maintenance or bike skills with a new bike
Other ways to reinforce the love for books is to offer book-related items, bookmarks, bookends, bookstands… but also fancy book covers, book jewels, decorations or book paraphernalia. For example book earrings will tell your girl: “I know you’re a great book lover, I value that and it suits you well”. You’ll find ideas at the bookshop, at DOC or online on Wheelers for books. Explore NZ Book Lovers and Ex-Libris crafts for other book-related gifts.