I have two young children, ages 3 and 5, a girl and a boy, and I love it when they get books as gifts. Why? Because books can be shared, aren’t gender-specific, don’t go bad, and grow with my kids. Books are the perfect gift.. unless you’re going for the big reaction from the kid, the squeals of delight upon opening the most coveted toy. Yeah, a book probably won’t get that reaction.
Books also make a great addition to a gift. Say you got a set of blocks or the most obnoxious, loud, musical toy set you could find, and you need to add to it. The kid will be happy with the toy and the parents will be happy to have another book to add to their library. I promise.
The other thing is that books can be seasonal. In the basement we have bins for different holidays – Christmas, Halloween, Easter – and books in each. Storing the books during the off-season makes them that much better when they do get pulled out of storage. And you won’t have to read about reindeer and snow in the middle of July. We just pulled out the Halloween bin and the kids were delighted with all the books they found.
Do you give books as gifts? Do you love it when your child opens a gift and it’s a book? Stay tuned for my next post about other non-toy gifts.