Holiday Gift Ideas: A Book and a Present

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I’m a firm believer in books making the best presents. After all, they’re the gift that keeps on giving! However, sometimes it’s nice to pair books with a little something extra, just to enrich the experience. That’s the purpose of this post. I’ve gathered together a shopping list of some charming book titles and some gifts you might give along with them to make both presents more meaningful. I tried to span ages and interests, so I hope there’s something here for everyone!

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World War I History Pack

Ages: 8 and up

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Dinosaur Gift Pack

Age: Any!
  • Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea (any book in this series will appeal to fans of the Pigeon or Elephant and Piggie books)
  • Dinosaur! by Smithsonian (considered to be the most complete dinosaur reference–for the the older dinosaur lover)
  • Carnivorous Dinosaur TOOB (I know from recent personal experience that this TOOB can provide hours of endless entertainment for the three-year-old dinosaur enthusiast. Plus–it comes with a handy carrying case. Score!)

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Sewing Pack

Age: 7 and up
  • Kids Learn to Stitch by Lucinda Guy (easy-to-follow instructions, patterns and projects that will be attractive to children; I have a copy for my classroom)
  • Individual Sewing Basket from Montessori Services (Or it’s easy to assemble your own. I did.)
  • Throw in a couple of assorted colors of felt and embroidery floss for kids to start sewing right away! The sewing kit from Montessori Services has everything else they’ll need.

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Comic Book Drawing Pack

Ages: 6 and up

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Women in Science Pack

Age: Any

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Movie Maker’s Pack

Age: 6 and up

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Art Gift Pack

Age: 5 and up
  • Picture Pie by Ed Emberly (This is Ed Emberly’s book on how to make pictures with fractions of a circle. I just discovered it and I’m so excited to explore it!)
  • Stabilio CarbOthello Pastel Pencils (Pastel pencils are chalk pastels’ much neater cousins. I love them since they can be sharpened like pencils, but have the smudgy effect of chalk. They look especially vibrant on black paper.)
  • Glitter paint pens from Art District (These glitter pens are a fun purchase for the art-minded child, but beware; the ink will run out fast.)
  • Canson Mixed Media Notebook (Canson Mixed Media Notebooks are my current favorite art books. I like the weight of the paper and the price.)
  • Flora and Crystal Kaleidographs (these are made to be used to create kaleidoscope-91a8kmwjcvl-_sl1500_like images. I use them as stencils. It’s your choice!)
  • Faber-Castell Gel Crayons (pictured right) are amazing and lots of silky-smooth art fun. Grab a pack so you and your young artist can experience this new medium.

That’s it for me! I hope there’s something here to inspire you!

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