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Five Christmas Gift Ideas for the Book Worm

I once did a “Five Valentine’s Gift Suggestions for the Book Worm”, since it’s almost Christmas, and  I’m trying to get myself into a festive mood, I decided to pen another one for the gift-giving season.  Let’s see if this will get me into the Chrissmassy mood.

I’m starting my list with books.  After all, it is a list for the book lovers.  It’s no secret how much I love beautifully made books, especially once with lovely illustrations.  I’m slowly building up my Folio Books Collection, they are all a dream.

 Hansel and Gretel, by the Brothers Grim

If you follow me over at Instagram, you’d probably noticed I posted a photo of this book already.  Sadly, I don’t have it … yet.  It’s a bit pricey at £250 but if you’re a book collector, I think it is so much worth it.  It’s not advisable though to buy it for your child, or maybe for older kids who know how to take care of books.

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This beautifully illustrated book has 12 colourful plates reproduced from the copy of the first edition and text is printed on Caxton  wove paper.  I think it’s absolutely beautiful.  When I’m gone, I won’t be able to leave T a lot of money (unless I win the lottery), nor expensive jewellery (a few trinkets perhaps).  Rest assured though that she will have lovely books to hopefully, leave to her children too.

“I Am” Sylvia Plath Necklace

While I’m not a big fan of words in a necklace (Is there even a term for that?), I do love this Sylvia Plath one.  For those who love poetry, or if you like Plath like I do, you might want to have this on your list.  It’s a quotation from her first novel “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart.  I am. I am. I am”.  It’s solid brass with 9 ct gold plating and can be extended if you prefer a longer necklace.  This book was like a bible to me when I was a teenager, her words will always be special.

I’ve had this on my list for the longest time and it’s always out of stock, luckily it seems to be on stock at the moment.

Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit Lampshade

I love anything book-inspired, though admittedly don’t really have much of it.  Would love to have this White Rabbit lampshade.  For the price of £115, I’m just glad they included the cushion cover!

I do have a white wicker chair already.  All I need is that lovely lamp and cushion.

Wool Blanket

And of course, imagine being curled up in that arm-chair with this lovely soft Kilnsey Wool British made blanket wrapped around your legs in a chilly winter evening, kids asleep upstairs, with the Alice in Wonderland lamp on, giving you just the right amount to read your book, at the same time casting a lovely ambience in the room.  Now that’s what I call bliss.

Go Away I’m Reading Mug

And lastly, what’s a gift idea list without including a mug, right?  Priced at £8.99 – this lovely bone china mug is perfect for coffee, tea or hot chocolate, curled up in that white arm-chair (pictured above), legs wrapped in that wooly blanket, with your favourite book and the world outside, can disappear even for just a while.  And if anyone disturbs you, just point to your mug.  No need for words.

Remember, some times even book lovers like a variety of presents, not just books, but that won’t apply if you’re buying them Folio books. But then again, that’s just me.

Did you see anything you like from my list?

Halloween Costumes

I’m sure by now some of you have either purchased, chosen or for the super-crafty-mums, made their little ones Halloween costumes by now.  I haven’t.

When little T was one, we bought her a witch costume.  Sorry folks, I don’t have a photo saved on this laptop.  Was using a different one around that time.

And when she was two, she was also a witch and wore the same costume mentioned above.  She didn’t mind and probably had even no recollection that she wore the same costume the previous Halloween.

Please don’t tell her.  I’m sure when she’s older she’ll say “I can’t believe you let me wear the same Halloween costume twice!”  Then she’ll blame this particular incident in her childhood as the bane of all her insecurities/failures in life.  Yep, it’s all because she wore the same costume twice.  My fault.

But of course at three, you wouldn’t be able to get away with convincing her to wear the dreaded witch outfit again. “This isn’t the same costume you wore last year, or the year before that.  This is a different one!”  Nope, that didn’t happen.  And so last year, she was a Little Vampire.  Yep, another store-bought Halloween costume for Little T.

For this year though, she first decided that she wants to dress up as a Skeleton.  At first, I thought I’d try to make it myself since she already has a black long-sleeved-top and black leggings.  How hard is it to use white paint to outline a skeleton?  After doing some research on-line, I found a pattern you could actually use on white felt-cloth and then you can either stitch it or glue it on your little one’s black top and leggings.  Perfect!  Thank you Martha Stewart!

But then realised that the white-felt cloth I was planning to order on Amazon was about the same price of a Skeleton costume and thought, you know what, it’s actually cheaper to buy a costume!  So no mother of the year award for me, I’ll stick to the easy way, buy ’em!

And then, being Little T, she changed her mind!  Now she wants to be a ghost!  Thank goodness, I haven’t ordered that skeleton costume yet.  How hard is it to make a ghost costume?  I’m sure that’s super-easy, all you’ll need is a flat-old white sheet right?  I rummaged through our linen-cupboard and found none.  I’m thinking of going to a charity-shop to purchase one, and if I don’t find any or, if it costs more than a couple of pounds, I will resort to the easy-way out again.

The thing is, we won’t even be home on Halloween.  That means she won’t be able to answer the door to trick or treaters, go trick or treating herself, or even attend her school’s Halloween disco, because since it’s their half-term break, we decided to go to some place special for that particular week.  But of course, that won’t stop her from wearing her Halloween costume.  I’m sure she won’t be the only one traipsing around in a ghost costume 😉

Anyway, so yes, folks, it’s not surprising then that my …

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Have you, or your little one(s) chosen a Halloween costume yet?