The average person in Luxembourg spends 300 euros on Christmas gifts and undoubtedly a significant proportion is spent on children. Many items will be novelty, this year’s latest ‘must have’ toy, and may involve a significant amount of plastic. But before you spend all that money we wanted to give you a few ideas, and many of you won’t be surprised to know we would recommend books. But not just any books. This year we have some ‘must haves’.
Must Have #1: Make it a Hardback
A hardback is there to protect the pages, the words and perfection of the content. If you wish to give a child something special that they can keep for a long time, then consider a hardback. When you see a cloth bound hardback you immediately feel you are holding a piece of treasure, something with longevity. Children recognise the uniqueness of these books and I often see them stroking them and delicately opening them. So why not consider a classic tale that is clothbound in a hardback and even go crazy and think about one embossed in silver!
Must Have #2: Ribbon Marker
This could be just me but if I get a book with a ribbon marker it seems to ooze of something special. These are not only lovely in red or gold but very practical. No need to mark your place by folding down the page!!! Or searching for a bookmark. A book with a ribbon marker is a book that is self-sufficient, but also automatically luxurious.
Must Have #3 and possibly the most important: Inscriptions
Giving a book is a sign of sharing something special and something to treasure. Giving someone a book with an inscription is one of the most thoughtful things you can do. OK there is the chance they may not want to keep the book or already have a copy but don’t you feel that a book is automatically unique when you find those inscribed books at second hand sales? Some books are handed from generation to generation and with the book comes the double pleasure of knowing it has been loved and read by someone else. Sometimes an inscription in a book becomes a special memory of a wonderful Christmas and memory of a happy time from an extraordinary person.
Little English Bookworm recommends
Below we have listed 3 book ideas but just keep to the recommendation of; a hardback, with a ribbon marker and writing an inscription within and you will give and create a unique keepsake.
Write Here, Write Now
By Naomi Davis Lee and Nicole LaRue
Published by Chronicle Books
Great for tweens. With quirky prompts, cool quotes, and terrific illustrations, this one-of-a-kind journal is the ultimate place for young writers to get creative and get writing!
A World of Information
A visually stunning collection of facts and figures for all the family to enjoy. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about different types of knots or how Morse code works? Each illustration is both beautiful and enlightening, and is accompanied by an engaging fact-filled. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, there is a world of information, which is perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Illustrated Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales
Published by Usborne
A beautiful gift edition of twelve classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales lavishly presented with a clothbound cover. Includes the best-loved characters of ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’, as well as a biography of Hans Christian Andersen, all enchantingly illustrated and specially retold for younger readers.
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