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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

I buy books for my kids over the year and give them many through the year and put some away for xmas.  I just realised I have 16 books to put in my DS 5YO santa stocking LOL..do you think he will think santa has gone nuts??

He does love books, but is 16 going overboard??  For example I bought books on the following topics- garages/cars, diggers, Franklin stories, Flat Stanley, Dogs, Our Earth, Day at school ect...

(He does have a present  - a  ute and a skateboard and knee pads, wrapped seperately).

#2 sophiasmum

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

Can you save some for his birthday...maybe half?

#3 bees-knees

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:50 AM

I strongly believe that kids can never have too many books. I think your little one is very lucky!

#4 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:50 AM

I don't know... for me, part of the fun of Christmas is going a little overboard with presents so I would probably give him all the books! biggrin.gif

#5 BadCat

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

I would say it's too many.  Not from any anti-consumerist or ideological standpoint.  Simply from personal experience that when you give them too many things they get a bit disconnected from it all and are over the whole thing before they've finished opening all their presents.

Only once did I go overboard.  I ended up buying a whole bunch of little things and the kids ended up with present fatigue halfway through opening it all.  I learnt then that it's better to give less and have it more appreciated.  Anything up to about 10 presents seems to be the limit here.

Although I do agree that you can never have too many books.  You just don't need to get them all at once.  laughing2.gif

Edited by BadCat, 18 December 2012 - 10:52 AM.


Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

That would be too many for my kids stockings, not because I don't like them getting books (they get 2-4 usually) but I fill the stocking with so many other things I would never fit it all in.

#7 Bernard Woolley

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:53 AM

That sounds like a future family story - the year Santa bought shares in Book Depository  biggrin.gif

#8 Team Awesome

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

Santa only gives a couple books at most. usually Mr men sized books because of all the other things.

I'm a reader and like taking credit for finding books for my kids that they love though wink.gif

I'd put some away personally. though I get awfully tempted when they're in my cupboard especially when they're sick. blush.gif

#9 Ice Queen

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:08 AM

I would save some for those 'rainy days'.....car trips, plane flight, birthday, sick, 40degree heatwave and bored mindless.

But yes, you can never have too many books as a reader.  I asked for a kindle for my birthday and got some stupid tennis hit net.  I am bitter as I sit bored every night watching cr&p on TV.  If that kindle doesnt front up for Christmas there will be hell to pay!!!  Or I will go out and buy one on boxing day with DH's credit card!

#10 FeralAlpacasFool

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

I loaded up with books when the book shops closed down and have been looking for excuses to give some to DD1. Last month my sister, who lives interstate, asked what she could get the girls for Christmas. I suggested I pick out some books from the stash and we can say they are from her. She will send some money down to pay for them, but I'll just put it in the girls money boxes. Win win for everyone! Do you have any relatives who would like to give some books OP?

Eta my sister loved this idea as she doesn't have to battle the crowds at shops, she can't afford to spend a lot and didn't want to get the girls cheap plastic stuff, she doesn't have to spend forever and a day at the post office trying to post the presents, and she's a bit of a greenie so it's a good use of existing resources biggrin.gif

Edited by lovealpacas, 18 December 2012 - 12:41 PM.

#11 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

I'd put some away for rainy days, holidays etc.

#12 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

I went overboard with books too, mainly for DD1 who's 9 and quite the bookworm.  A couple of sets in their Scholastic book club were just too good value to pass up.  I'm taking one set out and will just give single books to her throughout the year I think.  Mainly as it's hard to balance with DD2's presents.

#13 erindiv

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

I'd put some away. I believe kids can never have too many books overall, but they can have too many given to them in one go and become quickly overwhelmed and subsequently disinterested.

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