Each day provides its own gifts. – Marcus Aurelius
Wouldn’t it be great to give a gift with lasting benefits and no need for batteries and electricity? In fact, wouldn’t it be great to give a gift that isn’t dependent upon an electrical device not crashing? Down below are 3 of the best gifts to give that have lasting, unmeasurable effects. If you want to make a difference in your child’s life, give the following gifts:
Books foster the love of literacy and reading. Books don’t require anything except a willing reader to turn the pages. They are renewable and reusable. 🙂 (I know, I know, books are boring. They aren’t the gift that all the tech savvy parents or just plain savvy parents give. However, books build bridges for children that can’t be built anywhere else. Research proves that reading helps kids make sense of the world socially, and that kids that read have more empathy for others. This is just the tip of the iceburg of benefits. Reading makes your kids smarter and increases their vocabulary.) Reading rocks.
When I was growing up, every year for Christmas, my grandma gave me books. It got to the point that I didn’t even want to open her gifts, because I knew it would be just another “boring” book. I didn’t appreciate them. I do now. In fact, I still have some of the books my grandma gave me. She always wrote a personal message in the front cover. Now, I love to see her penned words to me and reflect on the memories of the time I had with her. I cherish and treasure the books.
Now, I know that books aren’t as appealing as the latest and greatest gadget on the market; books aren’t big and shiny filled with status, but books are filled with promises for those that read them.
My grandma has been in heaven for 16 years, but she still lives with me in the books she gifted me. She left a piece of herself by penning a sentiment in the front cover of the books she gave me. Be sure to write a sentiment in the books you give too. You will leave a lasting impression, a legacy. Who wouldn’t want to give a gift like that?
Give the following types of books: picture books, e- books, gift cards for books, recipe books, magazine subscriptions (yes, it counts as a book), Bible, fiction, non-fiction, comic books, self improvement, reading apps, book apps, etc.
2. Writing Supplies
Giving tools to write encourages your child to write. Give them sparkly pens, colored pens, elegant pens, pencils of every kind including mechanical with lead refills and eraser refills. Give them different sizes of journals. Let them write on the notebook feature of an i-Pad or i-Pod. Give paper of all shapes, sizes and colors. (I love to write on different colors of paper. Purple is my favorite. I like to write in spiral bound journals with quotes printed at the bottom of each page.) One thing I know for sure is the following: Children won’t write if they don’t have plenty of supplies. Thus, provide the supplies. Some journals are so elegant just beckoning someone to pen their thoughts. Giving these items as a gift will encourage a writer you may not know is inside of your child. Plus, writing is a life skill. This gift encourages learning a skill that will be used for life.
Time is the greatest gift to share with each other. ~Quvenzhane’ Wallis, 10-year-old Oscar-nominated actress
In this busy, busy world, all our children really want is our time. Time to listen to them. (I mean really engage and listen not just nod our heads and say, “Uh huh.” I’ve done this more times than I care to share, because I’ve been preoccupied by all the other demands and responsibilities in my life. However, if I don’t listen to them, where will they go to be heard? I’d much rather be available for them than them turning to the wrong crowd.) My children often say to me, “You didn’t listen to me.” Thus, the greatest gift we give our children is our time. Invest in listening to them. REALLY listen to them. Also, invest time to do fun activities such as family game night or going on a walk. Take time to read with them or aloud to them. This is such a special bonding time. (It is beneficial to do this even when they are able to read. Often times, people stop reading to their children when their children begin to read. No. Keep reading to them so they keep developing language skills and the love of reading.)
These gifts create memories that will last a life time. Long after other gifts wear out, break, lose their new appeal, or are given away, the gift of time creates memories that are never thrown away.
What do you think? Will you give your kids the best gifts ever? I know you want what is best for them. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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You have hit the proverbial nail on the head with this post! All of your suggestions are wonderful and so true. I wouldn’t take anything for the time I was able to spend reading to my children even as they were in their teens. It is such a time of bonding and an investment that keeps on giving.
Donna, Thank you for your encouragement. I know that your children will remember and cherish those times you spent reading with them. (Even if they don’t tell you.) You truly made a lasting, positive difference in their lives. 🙂
What a wonderful post, and something I live and breathe every day with my 3 year old, but I know that many families do not foster the love of reading. Yes, we have books on Gigi’s Christmas list, and a couple of toys, lol, but writing supplies are another essential item we must add. Thanks for a wonderful reminder and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop
Thank you. I’m so glad you are instilling the love of literacy with your 3 year old. I hope you share that love with other parents too. 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, and I notify me when you get your book written. (Title of your web site) 🙂
I love simple gifts for my little grandbeuties. I am buying a book this year that I can record my voice reading to them whenever they open the book.
Wow, what an awesome gift. I’ve never seen those books. I love the fact that your beauties will be able to hear your voice. 🙂 Also, I love what you call them, grandbeauties 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Where do you get audio books that come with your voice?
This is a wonderful post. I love the last one, “the gift of time.” It is certainly one of the greatest things we can give our children. Thank you for sharing this on the hop.
Hi Stacie. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, the gift of time doesn’t sound glamorous, but it is the best gift to give. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂
Thanks Pamela for the reminder that giving children our undivided attention can be the most meaningful gift of all (even though sometimes it’s really hard! 🙂 ). I also really appreciate your sentiment that you may not fully appreciate the value of a gift when you first unwrap it. My passion is helping others give meaningful gifts that delight and bring the giver and receiver closer together and the books from your grandmother are a great example! 🙂
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Lisa, Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. You have a wonderful mission: bring people closer together. 🙂 Enjoy time with those you love and remember to give the gift that keeps on giving- a book. 🙂
These are great ideas. I love to get books and writing supplies, but you are right, sometimes the best gifts don’t cost anything. Thanks for the ideas!
Elizabeth, Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Yes, time with our children is a wonderful gift that doesn’t cost $$$. May you have plenty of time with people you love.
This is a fabulous list and so very true. Thank you for this gentle reminder of what is really important this Christmas!
Deborah, Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. May you have quality time with your children and ,of course, read to them. 🙂
What a wonderful list, Pamela! I adore the writing supplies that you put in there and the time – yep, that is the best one of all. I adore that you have books from your Grandmother – what sweet memories. Thank you for sharing on the #KidLItBlogHop!
Christine M. (Cool Mom), I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this post. Yes, now, I truly appreciate the books (that I still have) that my grandma gave me. I hope that others continue to give books which are a timeless gift. Have a paw-some day with your friends, Stanley & Katrina. 😉
What a great post and truly timely! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂