Christmas Gift Ideas

Still looking for Christmas Gift ideas?

Below is a list of some book and book-themed gifts for kids of all ages!

A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward

Where to buy: MacLeans on Beaumont St, online at booktopia

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This beautiful book follows a young family as they establish a sustainable garden in their yard even though they live in the suburbs – “my family wants to live more like people on a farm”.  The story takes the reader through the process of planning the garden, building the chicken coop, buying seeds, planting, caring for crops and harvesting. The family also explores natural solutions to pests. For budding gardeners, this book is perfect. The reader is taken through the process step by step in an engaging story format. At the end, there is a diagram that explanations how the elements of the garden work together, such as using food scraps to feed the chooks and using chook poo to fertilise.

This book introduces concepts of sustainability to younger kids and will inspire families on how they can create a sustainable garden in a small space.

As a gift, perhaps put seeds, tools and gardening gloves together with the book!

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabeypig-the-elf

Where to buy: everywhere!

No doubt many households will have this book under the Christmas tree this year!

Once I Heard a Little Wombat

Where to buy: bookshops, online at booktopiaonce-i-heard-a-little-wombat

If you are buying for little people, this lovely board book actually won the Speech
Pathologists Book of the Year (birth to 3 years category). The book has lovely rhyming text and flowing illustrations as we hear and see baby animals:

“Once I heard a little bilby scratch, scratch, scratch, looking for a bug or grub to snatch, snatch, snatch. I called to little bilby, “Won’t you stop, stop, stop? But on went little Bilby with a hop, hop, hop.”

Card Colouring Books

Where to buy: MacLeans on Beaumont St, online at booktopia

These beautiful books included 24 themed cards and envelopes for colouring. Perfect for ages 7+. The designs are detailed and large stickers to seal the envelopes are the perfect finishing touch.

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Subscriptions

A subscription makes a great individual or family present and the gift keeps giving all year! This could be a good suggestion for relatives who don’t know what to buy!

Two great subscriptions are:

Crinkling Newsnews

This is Australia’s only weekly newspaper for kids. Each issue has news, sport, puzzles, book reviews and more, pitched at kids aged 7-14.

A 6-month subscription is $108 but there is currently 10% off. Follow this link: http://www.crinklingnews.com.au/

Double Helixdouble-helix

Double Helix is the CSIRO’s science magazine which provides science, technology, engineering and maths news. Each issue contains interesting articles, facts and puzzles. Follow this link to subscribe and view a sample of the magazine. There are 8 issues annually, for $60. The magazine is designed for kids aged between 8-13.

New David Walliams bookxthe-midnight-gang-jpg-pagespeed-ic-eaeche5luq

David Walliams has published another book in time for Christmas – The Midnight Gang. This heart-warming story tells the adventures of 5 kids on the children’s ward at Lord Funt Hospital.

The book is currently $10 at Big W and is recommended for kids 9+.

Other ideas:

  • 2017 Diary – Billie B Brown, Alice Miranda, The Treehouse (Target, QBD)
  • Treehouse Trivia cards (Target, Big W)
  • Alison Lester Colouring Book – Harry Harthog
  • Usbourne How to Draw Dinosaurs book– Harry Harthog
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid calendar – Dymocks
  • Check out the book reviews on this blog, and also the blog post about books for sporty kids for gift ideas!

wimpy-kid-calendar      2016-treehouse-trivia     alice-miranda-2017-diary

 

by Catherine Whittaker

Source for header image:
http://mychv.com/2013/09/20/christmas-in-the-village-2013/

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