I am obviously partial to the idea of giving books as gifts because that’s what Story Baskets is all about! However, my love of giving books as gifts goes beyond the idea of my own love of children’s books.
Giving books as gifts is such a personal experience. If I am going to give a book as a gift, I have to think about who will be reading this book. What are they interested in? What do they enjoy? What would grab their attention? A lot of thought actually goes into books as gift giving. You don’t want to just grab any book targeted at the child’s age level. You want to grab a book that is going to capture their interest and time.
I always give books as gifts, which my nephew has come to expect at this point. But I also buy other things to go along with them. I love to write a note and include it with the book. Something like “This book made me think of you because…”. “I knew I had to get this book for you when…”. This speaks volumes to a child whether they are aware of it or not because you have taken the time to get to know their likes and dislikes, which is a reflection of getting to know them as a person. What a wonderful bonding experience and validation of who they are for that child! You are showing them that you listen to them and that they are important!
Another positive of giving books as gifts is that books can be held onto for generations. I have an entire box of books my parents saved from when I was a little kid and now I get to pull those books out and share them with my son. Hello entire Clifford the Big Red Dog series! Now I can share something from my childhood with him without needing to spend a dime.
Books have the ability to preserve memories, challenge us, teach us something new, make us laugh and connect with one another. Who wouldn’t want a gift like that?