During the back-to-school season, there's generally a lot of shopping to do. A recent survey found that 40% of U.S. internet users buy items online several times each month, but purchases do tend to increase around this time of year. While students, teachers, and parents may be a bit more concerned about buying textbooks and other essential classroom publications, they might not be so inclined to spend money on additional works of writing. That means that there's no better way to show your encouragement and thoughtfulness than to get a few small gifts from this category for the most important people in your life. Whether those loved ones are especially literary or you merely think they could benefit from learning a new skill, here are just three kinds of books your loved ones will enjoy receiving this September.
A New Cookbook
As the temperatures start to drop, many of us take comfort in food. And with so much natural bounty to sample, it seems a shame to order takeout or to microwave something from the freezer. A cookbook can be an excellent way to introduce the foundations of meal preparation or the magic of an unfamiliar cuisine to someone you care about. And because there are cookbooks for just about every category -- from barbecue to desserts -- you'll be sure to find creative gifts online that your recipient will relish. There are even cookbooks geared towards students with limited kitchen supplies (and budgets)! With help from these little gift ideas, your friends will be able to cook a meal on a chilly autumn evening or entertain their family once the holidays arrive.
A Journal or Planner
Back-to-school time means new schedules, new challenges, and new experiences. Many students use a calendar or planner to keep track of their class schedules, but people of all ages can benefit from this type of organizer. It's a great tool for parents who need to juggle lots of responsibilities, as well as young professionals who make it a point to make an appearance at all kinds of social engagements. Alternatively, journals make wonderful small gifts. They can double as planners while allowing the owner to jot down shopping lists, important experiences, notes from meetings, or even health information. Purchasing a high-quality planner or journal for your friend may help to keep them on track, work through their feelings, or simply feel appreciated by your gesture.
A Book of Puzzles
It's important to keep the mind sharp come September, so puzzle books are among the cute little gifts we'd recommend for the back-to-school season. Word searches, crossword puzzles, and mazes can stimulate the recipient's brain, while coloring books and books that contain doodling or writing prompts can promote relaxation, stress relief, and creative thinking. There are lots of small gifts like these that both adults and children will enjoy. Above all else, they should be interactive and unique without seeming like homework. Done right, these books can be a welcome escape and a way to unwind while allowing the mind to grow stronger.
Struggling to find some enticing small gifts for the bookworm on your list? We've got you covered. Our selection of books will be sure to appeal to even the most discerning reader. For more information, please contact us today.