It’s Saturday, four days before Christmas. Some of you have your presents bought, wrapped, mailed or placed under the tree. However, if you are still looking for a gift for Aunt Mary, or your sweet niece Leslie, then you’ve come to the right place.
Today my guest is Karen Ehman. Karen always amazes me. She’s actually in the midst of a book launch. If you haven’t heard about it, you’ve got to check it out. It’s called “Let. It. Go: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith.” It’s one of those books where I didn’t want to stop reading! And I’ll probably read it again.
But in the midst of her busyness, she took the time to share a wonderful gift idea with us. And, to top it off, she’s giving away a gift certificate to Proverbs 31 so you can assemble your own gift for someone … after Christmas.
Now, here’s Karen ……
With so many on our gift-giving list and time running out, I thought I’d offer you my favorite Christmas gift idea: Book baskets!
Simply take a book and build a gift basket around it.
The first time I saw one was when my best friend from college, Kelly, gave a Laura Ingalls Wilder book basket to my daughter when she was about seven.
In it she placed an old copy of Little House in the Big Woods. Then, she included all of the items Laura got for Christmas in 1867.
~ A peppermint stick
~ A pair of red mittens
~ A cookie shaped like a heart and sprinkled with white sugar
~ A shiny new penny
~ Her own tin cup
~ A rag doll named Charlotte
It was an instant hit!
In the years since, I have given away lots of book baskets to kids. Some books have included Balto, Hansel & Gretel, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh.
Also the Curious George books are easy to do this with. In one, he visits a candy factory. In another, he takes a trip to the zoo. In one he makes pancakes. These are easy to come up with items to carry out the theme. (fancy chocolates, candy molds & supplies; animal crackers, gummy bears and a stuffed animal; pancake mix, turner, maple syrup and chocolate chips.)
You can even try your hand at baskets for adults.
Know a gardening enthusiast? Purchase a book on gardening and then round out the basket with some gardening tools, packets of seeds, a pair of gardening gloves and some carrot-cake muffins or home-canned jam.
How about a baseball fan? Include a biography of their favorite player and some peanuts in the shell, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew gum and some baseball foil-wrapped chocolates.
And, for a great gift for a special girlfriend, mom or sister, give a tea cup devotional. Simply choose a devotional book (we at Proverbs 31 have many!) On top of that, place a new or antique tea cup and saucer. In it, tuck some tea bags. Tie it shut with clear wrap or tulle and tie shut with a bow. You may also stick a pen in the bow or add a tag with a favorite Bible verse written on it. Perfect to bless someone while encouraging their walk with the Lord.
With a simple book, you can build a great gift!
I love this idea, Karen!!! The possibilities are endless. And this can be affordable if you use a used (and well-loved) book. Thank you!
Today, Karen would like to give away a $15.00 gift certificate to purchase a book at Proverbs 31 Ministries. To enter, post a comment with the name of a book that would make a good gift basket. If you have some ideas to add to a book basket, include that as well. But it’s not needed. Just a book title will do.
I’ll select a winner at random and announce her on Monday. Also, there’s still time to enter yesterday’s giveaway of Rachel Olsen’s book, “My One Word.”
Karen Ehman is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ national speaking team and a featured speaker for Hearts at Home conferences for moms. She is the author of five books including A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others, The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized and the popular ebook Untangling Christmas: Your Go-To Guide for a Hassle-Free Holiday. Her newest book is LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith which includes a companion DVD Bible study and workbook.