30 November 2015

Christmas guide- The books

Hey all

Christmas is a big time of the year for a lot of people and it can be pretty hard to find the perfect gifts for someone if you are working on a budget. Here's a little Book guide that could help you find the perfect gift for the right price.

1) For the one who will read anything

If you are stuck on what book to buy then check out Amazon. There are tonnes of books to choose  from the 3 for £10 section and with free delivery (Republic of Ireland and the UK) it's a great place to start. There's roughly 75 pages worth of books to choose from and they have some great names listed in there.  It's easy to filter out the books you don't want as you can pick by genre and add in an author you know to see if they have any books on offer. It covers pretty much every age category too so you can mix and match for stocking fillers and save a few euro. Even with the ridiculous exchange rate from pound to euro you are still getting a massive discount on some brilliant books.

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2) A Special book

This is something I try to do every year. Whether it's something I know the person has wanted for a while but couldn't justify the cost for themselves or it's something new that might start a tradition for years to come. If you have young children to buy for think about the books that you loved when you were young and maybe buy them one book or an annual from this year. It'll be something they'll always have and you can build upon every year. Even buying a book that someone read as a child might bring back some memories (and show that you listen to them!)

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3) Leabhar as Gaeilge

Something I rarely see mentioned are books written in Irish. There are plenty of them around and they are just as nice to receive as a Christmas present. It's a gorgeous language and it's a pity people seem to shy away from it. Not only will the children be improving their Irish vocabulary but being bilingual is a great addition to your C.V as you get older. Plus it's out native tongue, why wouldn't you want to be able to speak and understand it? It's handy to be able to chat to someone without others knowing what you are saying ;) This website has a tonne of Irish books for all ages (it's available in English and Irish)

Cinnín Óir agus na Trí Bhéar / Goldilocks and the Three Bears Bran agus na Dathanna    An Cúigear Cróga (The Famous Five): Saoire na Samhna      Am Codlata i Lár na Coille.  Le Carole Lexa Schaefer

4) A craft book

Not every has to be a story book. Do they do any crafts like knitting, crochet or maybe they play a musical instrument? You can find all kinds of books to do with these subjects so it might help to read some reviews on Goodreads or Amazon.

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5) Pre-Christmas book

A great way to get into the Christmas spirit is by reading a Christmas themed book. Jenny Colgan has a series of Christmas themed books including Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe amd The Christmas Surprise.

The classics like The night before Christmas, How the Grinch stole Christmas and, one of my favourites, Father Christmas by Ramond Briggs (this also comes in DVD form and it is lovely)

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That's it for my Christmas guide for Books. I hope it was helpful. Books are such an incredible gift to give someone and they are easy to work into any budget if you just look around and compare the prices,

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