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Book Gifts for Kids and Teens


Kids are always thrilled with a flashlight- their own flashlight that they can keep under their pillow so they can read late into the night.

An extra pack of batteries is also a good idea- for they will surely fall asleep with the flashlight on and use up the batteries. This flashlight can be one that only costs about a dollar but make it a bright color- and it must be a different color than any of the other kids in the family. The child’s name must be on it- big block lettering is good. Give them a pack of stickers to decorate their flashlight.

What about their night table or bedside lamp? Have you been to their room? Have you seen their lamp? Is it a good reading lamp or does it just go with the décor? Kids who really read want a great lamp. Even kids who use a flashlight under the covers want a great lamp. The flashlight is for when they are told to turn off the light – so they can keep reading.

You can also take a walk through a book store and find lots of ideas.
Book marks come in all sizes, shapes and themes. Try to get one that goes with the book for added wow power.

Book plates are fun- the child can put one inside the front cover of the book and then write their name on it. Kids love the sense of ownership that comes with their name on a bookplate inside their very own book.

If you really don’t have a clue there is always the old standby- the gift card. You can get a Kindle gift card if your grandchild has a Kindle, or get them a Kindle. That’s a bit of a big gift so run it by the parents first in case they had already planned to get them a Kindle- don’t step on toes.

If they don’t already have good bookshelves in their room, you could talk to the parents and see if they would like you to invest in some shelves for the books. If the shelves are sturdy and tall, be sure that they get bolted or attached to the wall as kids like to climb and if they are climbing up to get a book it would not be good to have the entire bookshelf topple down on the child.

It makes for great earthquake retrofitting to attach them to the wall also.

Once you tap into how much kids like to read you will always be able to give great gifts!
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