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Give The Gift of Books This Christmas!

One of the few Christmas traditions I have set is giving books for Christmas presents to my kids. I love, love, love to read and I wanted to pass that on to my kids. They now love to read also! I usually give them 4-6 books every year and most of the time they have them read by the end of Christmas vacation. I think that is great because that means they were not in front of the screen as much.

Books can be expensive when purchased new! Holy smokes! But I have a few tricks to giving books at Christmas while cutting the cost of the books.

1. Scour your local thrift and consignments shops. Many, many good deals out there on almost brand new books and they cost about a quarter of the original price or less. My kids do not care if the books are brand new - they just want to read the book!

2. Shop Half.com, Ebay, and Amazon for books. I can find books on these sites very cheaply. Again, I do not buy brand new books unless they are for sale for $1.50 or less. I find great deals on books especially hard to find books.

3. Buy books they will want to read. Find books that cater to their interests. Find out their favorite authors and look for those books. If you buy books that do not interest them, they will not read them. I want them to read so I find books they want to read. For example, Dane is really into Star Wars right now so I bought him Star Wars books. He will love them and he will be reading them!

4. Buy from school book orders. If you can get your school and/or teacher to do this, buy from the book orders from Scholastic Books. They have a lot of books at great deals and the school usually get free books also. A win-win situation!

5. Give a magazine! Magazine subscriptions are great gifts and they will be the gift that will keep giving. If you watch sites such as Moms Need To Know, you can find year-long magazine subscriptions for as little as $5.00 or less a year! Great deal!

Give your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, whoever books for a gift! They will not be disappointed!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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  1. Buying books they'll want to read is my biggest concern. Of course I want to save money, but if I'd rather spend $10 on one book that my son will love than $10 on 10 that he'll never read at a thrift store. I've definitely done that before, and nobody was happy.
    He's been on a history kick lately (he's a history major in college, and wants to be a high school history teacher). I bought him "Rebirth" by David Longueay (http://rebirthofisrael.com) because it's something he's interested in (WWII and Israel) and probably a book he hasn't read.

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