Are you looking for the perfect 25 days of Christmas gift for the book lover in your life? Then look no further. This is especially great for younger kids to help them get into the holiday spirit!
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Last year we did this for Bugs and it was a big hit! We wrapped 25 books up and put them under the tree. For December 1st, I also wrapped up new Christmas PJs.
Every year we also do a 25 days of Christmas advent calendar. Each day we have an activity and a Bible verse. So we would do our daily activity, read our Bible verse, and then right before bed, Bugs would unwrap a book.
It was a wonderful Christmas tradition that we started last year. The kids are already looking forward to it this year.
Now you’re probably wondering how I did this. Getting 25 books for Christmas is no small feat. If I were to go out and purchase 25 books, it would be a hefty price tag.
However, I did not go out and buy 25 new books. I did buy a couple new books, but I was strategic in the books I purchased.
Target’s dollar section sometimes has themed books as well. I was able to pick up a couple Rudolph stories by Bendon.
25 Days of Christmas Gifts – Books
The rest of the books, a good chunk, I got from the library! The kids definitely didn’t need 25 new books. And since a couple of the books were purchased, they weren’t upset that the rest had to go back.
Besides, you really only read Christmas books once a year. Just kidding, we read ours all the time! Especially ‘The Polar Express‘ because Bugs loves trains.
A few tips for getting the books from the library:
- Go early and get your books. Ideally before Thanksgiving. The library pulls Christmas books and places them in a section all their own after Thanksgiving.
- Ask your library how they denote Christmas books. Most have a special sticker they use. Mine is a candy cane. It’s easy to scan the shelves looking for that.
- Ask your library if you can extend your check out date, how many times, and how to do it. Ours will let you extend the check out date once, and I can log into my account online and do it there.
You might have to make multiple trips to the library. Or if you’re planning on buying books, you can use the ones you bought towards the end of the month.
I wrapped all my books and then wrote the name of the book on the back. You could easily just write the due date if you have little ones who can read. That way you make sure you don’t incur late fees.
All in all, this 25 days of Christmas gift worked wonderfully, and it was such a wonderful thing to read a new book every night.
Christmas Book Recommendations
Here are some of my favorite books from last year:
- Who is Coming to Our House – Slate and Wolff
- The Not So Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish – Diesen and Hanna
- Dream Snow – Carle
- Snowmen at Work – Bueher and Bueher
- Snowmen at Night – Bueher and Bueher
- Olive, the Other Reindeer – Seibold and Walsh
- The Jolly Christmas Postman – Ahlberg
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Santore
- Penguin’s Christmas Wish – Yoon
- PJ Masks Christmas Wishes – Fruchter
- Walking in a Winter Wonderland – Tim Hopgood
- The Polar Express – Allsburg
These were some we read last year that we didn’t quite love, I think they were too old for my young readers:
- Little Bear’s Christmas – Janice
- Lyle at Christmas – Waber
- Dinosaur vs. Santa – Shea
- The Candies Save Christmas – Patterson
- We Were There – Bunting and Minor
Our favorite from last year was probably ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’. It’s the words to the song with beautiful illustrations. I’m planning on buying it for this year.
Also, any of the Snowmen series by Bueher & Bueher are great! So if you can’t find those exact ones, get any of them.
My son’s favorite show last year was PJ Masks, so look for your kids favorite character in a Christmas book. We read this well past Christmas last year.
Here are a few other books I plan on picking up for this year:
- The Twinkly, Twinkly Christmas Tree
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Seuss
- Peek Inside a Fairy Tale: The Nutcracker
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas – Schertle & McElmurry
- Santa Flap Book
- How to Catch an Elf – Wallace
- The Story of Baby Jesus
- The Joy of Giving – The Berenstain Bears
So tell me, what books would you give for a 25 days of Christmas gift?