Why books make great Christmas gifts

Christmas is about six weeks away and almost everywhere you look, people are asking for recommendations for Christmas gifts. My answer to them always is BOOKS.

Books make fantastic Christmas gifts, no matter who you are giving them to. Here are eight reasons why:

  • They don’t go off– you can buy books at any time of the year and they will still be in the same condition you bought them (assuming they’re stored safely)
  • They are easy to wrap– most books are a standard rectangle shape, making them easy to wrap. There are the odd exceptions, but they will usually fit easily in a bag
  • They can be read again and again– the right book will be read multiple times, either by the recipient or by people they pass it on to. It’s the gift that keeps on giving
  • It gives you some quiet time– I’m sure most parents would like a bit of quiet time on Christmas Day and books can give this. If you have kids too old for a nap, give them a book and give them some rest time to read. This works on Boxing Day as well.
  • There are a lot of books out there– because there are so many books on the market, you are sure to find a book that will appeal to even the fussiest of gift recipients, and even if someone already has the book you give them, they can easily be exchanged for another.
  • They can be picked up later– I gave a book to my son a few years ago and it took most of the year before he read it. He loved it when he got around to it, and the book was still in the condition it had been when he received it. Books don’t have to be read right away to be a great gift
  • They don’t require batteries – one of the issues with many toys at Christmas is they won’t work unless you have purchased batteries for them. Unless you are giving someone an ebook reader, books don’t require batteries or charging.
  • Books in every budget – just as there is a huge variety of books, there is also a huge variety of price points. If you shop around, you will be able to find books for gifts, regardless of your budget.

I love giving books for Christmas, it’s a lot of fun exploring bookshops to find the book that matches the recipient.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover