A few years ago before I had grandkids I saw this….
My immediate response was, “Ugh, that would be expensive but I LOVE the idea.”
Then I saw that my cousin Deb had done it for her grandson one year.
About August or so I thought about what I’d like to do for the Grandkids. We like to make up our mind and follow that through. For example, I bought Lucy a Bitty Baby from American Girl when she was born. For the next few Christmas’, I plan to buy her a new outfit for her doll….I’ll do that for all of the girl grandkids.
I decided to do the book idea only I decided I would do one set for Kalissa’s family and one for Buck’s family. I knew I couldn’t afford to do it if I bought all new books so instead I started searching garage sales and thrift stores finding good quality books in very good shape with no writing inside.
I have good thrift stores and I allotted an appropriate amount of time. A couple times I found very good books that were $2 each but the majority of the books were 25 cents for a soft cover and 50 cents for a hard cover.
About November I realized I had quite a few board books that’s when I decided to make a set for Kelli too. That meant I had to get a few more books but that was all okay.
I found wrapping paper at the thrift store and started dreading the day I’d start wrapping. So the weekend before Thanksgiving Kelli was home. We were visiting with Karl at the table so I thought…why not make good use of our time. So Kelli and I wrapped while we chatted. We only wrapped Buck’s and Kalissa’s. It was so cute…she thought it was such a good, fun idea. Little did she know, I’d wrap a set later myself for her!
Here she is wrapping…..
I would guess I ended up spending around $50 for all of the books and the wrapping paper.
Speaking of children’s books, I just pulled out the kids’ Christmas books. They have loved them having some of them back. Here’s a few of our favorites.
Not a Christmas but a must have for a little girl
I believe books are always a great gift.
When the grandkids were all home for Thanksgiving I sent their wrapped box of books home with them. Kelli was SHOCKED to see a bag for her. It was fun. She didn’t expect it at all.
If the kids end up liking it I’ll likely do it again in a couple years when they’ve outgrown some of the books.
We aren’t big gift givers buying fancy things but the collection and wrapping of the 25 books, was a lot of fun. I hope the grandkids enjoy it as much as I did.