Christmas is just around the corner and, if you’re like most people, you still have some shopping to do!
While books make WONDERFUL gifts, sometimes finding that special something for a book-obsessed friend or family member can be tricky. What have they read? What do they want to read? What do they absolutely not want to read? The list of questions could fill, well, a book!
There’s no need to get your Christmas lights in tangle, though! We have you and your literary loving friends covered with a gift guide to help you feed into their book obsession--without agonizing over which book to choose! Without further ado, here are 10 gifts to please any book lover in your life.
1. DIY Curated Box
From makeup to dog toys, it seems like there is a curated box service for just about everything these days. There is nothing quite like opening a box of items selected just for you; however, these boxes can come with a hefty price tag.
If you love the idea of a bibliophile’s dream box, but want to save some money for the rest of your Christmas list, why not curate your own box? Below is a list of just a few customizable items that would make any reader’s heart soar. Any of these items would also make an excellent gift all on its own!
If you’re in a pinch and want to go with a ready-made box, My Subscription Addiction reviewed 19 different book boxes that do the work for you, so all you have to do is click 'purchase'!
2. Audio Book Subscription
3. Board Games
Mix it up on game night with some literary-themed board games. This list, curated by Bustle, will have you competing all year long.
4. Recipe Book
Now you can dine like your favorite characters with these recipe books themed after old and new favorites. List by Buzzfeed.
6. Literary postcards
These fun literary postcards are a great way to help your friend rediscover the lost art of letter writing, or to simply frame up and deck out their home!
7. Creative Storage
All book-lovers have the same universal struggle--where to keep all their books! Help your favorite bookworm feed their obsession with these cute and clever storage solutions:
8. Literary Calendar
In today’s hectic world, it can be difficult to find the time to sit down and enjoy a good book. Thankfully, these literary calendars provide a welcome boost of books each and every day!
Is your friend’s book collection their pride and joy? Help them make it their own with a personalized embosser!
Wrapped your loved one in their favorite book with a customized blanket.
Ok, we couldn’t help adding this to the list! Book really are the best gift you can give. They take you on adventures, expand your mind, and become old friends you can take with you wherever you go. So how do you avoid buying something your favorite reader has already read? A great way to get a peek inside their head is to take a peek at their Goodreads profile! On Goodreads, users can create lists of books they have read and enjoyed and books they want to read. It’s almost like a ready-made Christmas list!
Young or old, books are gifts that keep on giving.
One final bonus idea: if your friend isn’t into material items, why not give the gift of giving? Donate books or money to an organization that champions children’s literacy in your friend or family member’s name and change two lives this Christmas!
Here are a few organizations spreading the joy of reading:
It’s a month for spreading joy and bringing cheer. One simply can’t help smiling as sleigh bells ring, gifts are exchanged, and people wish good tidings everywhere you go; the joy is simply contagious. Perhaps no other time of year demonstrates the catching quality of attitudes quite like the Christmas season. Unfortunately, not all contagious attitudes are so cheery. Negativity and bullying can spread like wildfire, as can the sadness and pain that accompanies those actions.
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In the book we read about A. Blob and learn that it has no friends because it bullies…and it bullies because it has no friends. Sadly, this situation is not uncommon. Many children who bully and cause pain do so because they are in pain or have been bullied themselves. Often, the response to bullying is to respond with anger, violence, and more negativity and the vicious cycle continues. This craft recollects the main character of the story while also providing a visual reminder that our actions and attitudes can be catching—for better or worse.
3. Once you have your desired shape, fold the blank half of paper over to the shaving cream half and press GENTLY. It is crucial that you don’t completely press the paper down or else you will just get a colored piece of paper and the shaving cream squished everywhere, then unfold your paper
4. Taking a craft stick or any flat scraping device (I used cardboard), gently scrape the shaving cream off the paper, leaving your print behind
5. Let paper sit until dry
6. Once dry, draw on eyes and any words or designs you’d like. I wrote “Attitudes are Contagious”. You could also draw A. Blob’s thoughts and emotions inside
7. Talk about what students learned from the craft. Do they see how one attitude easily transfers to others? How will this affect the way they act in the future?
8. Hang up finished prints as a reminder to spread joy and not negativity!
We hope you enjoy this quick and easy craft! Check back here each week for more crafts and insights. If you try this craft at home, please share your work in the comments! We’d love to see what you create!
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas In July party?? Each year, my family breaks out the tinsel and jingle bells, decks out the porch and lawn, and enjoys our favorite holiday dishes under the sun. As the time for this annual celebration draws near, I began thinking: what would it really mean to have Christmas in July?
Depending on the beliefs and traditions of your family, Christmas can look a variety of ways. However, I think most would agree that Christmas is generally characterized by love, goodwill, and charity. How amazing would it be to infuse summer with a little of that giving spirit? THAT is a Christmas in July I could get on board with!
In celebration of this most wonderful time of year, I have come up with 10 fun ways you too can spread a little joy this July!
1. Donate to a local charity
Many charities survive off of holiday giving for the rest of the year. Give them a joyous boost this summer so they can continue to do good for others!
5. Leave a treat for your garbage collector or mailman
7. Make a conscious decision to smile and greet everyone you see
8. Be a secret Santa!
9. Mow your neighbor’s lawn
10. Pay for someone behind you in line
This first installment follows the antics of A. Blob, a slimy, purple, blob-like creature who wreaks havoc on the elementary school playground with its bullying ways. As the story progresses, however, readers learn that A. Blob may have more than meets the eye.
Along with its powerful illustrations and rhymed verse for early readers, this story invites children to put themselves in the shoes of another. The book encourages readers to consider why bullies behave the way they do – and start to consider what can be done to help.
BOOK 2 NOW AVAILABLE!
A. Blob is back, and this time it's on a bus! As the slimy bully pokes and pesters the children of Lincoln Elementary School, it seems like they will never be able to ride the bus in peace. That is, until one brave girl takes stand.
Can one act of bravery change everything--including A. Blob? Find out in this second installment of The Blob Series!
About Laughing Leopard Press
Hello! We are Laughing Leopard Press, an independent book publisher from Akron, Ohio. At Laughing Leopard Press, we’re interested in publishing works that contribute to our understanding of this wonderful world. Through this blog, we hope to add to that understanding with commentary on life, literature, and a few things in between. We hope you enjoy the blog and take some time to talk with us in the comments or on our social media sites. Happy reading!
For some more great reading, check out our latest release, This is A. Blob by L. A Kefalos. This is A. Blob is a picture book that deals with the sticky issue of bullying through an unlikely character that is a bit sticky itself! As readers follow the antics of A. Blob, they learn to put themselves in the shoes of another and discover there may be more to this bully than meets the eye…
$1.00 is donated to charity for each book sold on this site--half to St. Jude's and the other half to PetFix Northeast Ohio.
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