It’s the holiday time. You’re trying to buy gifts for the adults and kids in your family.
Some, like myself and famed Councilwomen and deputy director of Parks and Recreation in Pawenee, Indiana, consider this a sport. A sport we always win.
So for this year’s sporting event, I thought I would share some of my favorite book-based gift basket ideas for the younger and older folks in your life!
1. The Self-Care Basket
For the woman who needs a break, this basket is perfect. The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is literally one of my top five favorite books of all time. Part memoir. Part inspiration. Part Shonda saying “Are you f*cking kidding me?” at a PTO meeting. Pairs well with a fun wine glass, notebook for all of the little tidbits you’re going to want to record from this awesome book, and a bath bomb for a long soak and time to treat herself.
This one is approved by my eight-year-old daughter. The Care and Keeping of You even has new additions for older, younger, girls and a journal you can buy separately. It’s over twenty years old and still one of the best books for the growing girl. Pair it with a fun notebook, some girly deodorant or perfume, bath bomb, and fun water bottle. I recommend one this one that says “Unicorns are awesome and I’m awesome, therefore I am a unicorn.” Both Mom and daughter can get some self-care they both need with the holidays.
2. The Taco Basket
You’re at Target and browsing the book section and you happen to see a bright blue book written by the creator of Nadia Cakes. You flip it over and the first word you see is “enchiladas”, so it automatically goes in your cart. No? Just me?
Well, this book is great for the friend in your life who has a great sense of humor and loves a good glass of sangria, that actually kind of matches the book, no? And who doesn’t love a game night? Throw Throw Burrito is great for adults, kids, and anyone who just wants to have a glass of red and enjoy the Christmas spirit.
If you haven’t heard of Dragons love Tacos, this is a book that your adult and kid heart will love. I’ve read this to multiple preschool classes, my own six and eight-year-old and even my almost forty-year-old husband loves this one. I also love anything Melissa & Doug and when I found that they had a taco making play set? I may have yelled YAS in the middle of Target and had people questioning my sanity. Trust me, your dragon and taco loving kids will love this one!
3. The Sleepytime Basket
Your friend loves sleep? Or maybe they would love to sleep some more but also love reading? Here is the perfect little basket. These Bluetooth sleep headphones are amazing to block out the light and tiny earbuds so you can still lay on your side and catch up on your book. And a biased favorite book to listen to? Straight Up Irish, because obviously Irish accents are a great lullaby. Pair it with some fuzzy socks and a night Celestial tea and you’ll have your friends and family wanting to settle down for a long winter’s nap.
So your kid might not want to go to bed on Christmas Eve. Or your friend’s kids. Or whoever’s.
Well, here is your time to be the hero with this sleepytime basket!
Good Night Darth Vader is part Good Night Moon and part a childlike version of the Star Wars universe in rhyme. Maybe your kid doesn’t want to go to bed? Well tell them they can read with this lighted bookmark with reading timer! Tuck them in with these Star War Pajamas from Pottery Barn kids that can be personalized and they’ll be sleeping tight before the space slugs bite.
I hope these help you get started with your holiday bookish gifting and you two can be the Leslie Knope, or Magan Vernon, of gifts.