By Christa Protano
If the threat of shipping delays has you making your list and checking it twice, here are 10 fun and interactive books to add to your holiday shopping cart today. We have something for each member of the fam, from the youngest of readers to the wisest of bibliophiles.
For the Baby
It’s never too early to introduce your child to the icons, and this brand new series makes it easy to do just that. Baby Ballers: Michael Jordan shoots into the world of the greatest basketball player of all time in kid-friendly board-book style with colorful illustrations and playful rhyming text.
For the Future Scientist
Discovery: Rocks and Gems will inspire adventures in your very own backyard. After flipping through the detailed reference booklet and learning all about rocks, minerals, crystals and gemstones, your child can take it outside to search for these geological wonders. Bonus: this award-winning kit includes six samples along with a sturdy collector’s box to get things started.
For the Budding Artist
Emojis, peace signs, adorable hybrid animals: this is the stuff of little girls’ dreams. Add a splash of neon to the mix and your child will be hooked on Kaleidoscope Coloring Neon. Complete with its own set of brightly hued markers, this book features 64 pages of dreamy illustrations just waiting for some technicolor.
For the Tween-ager
For the child who wants to grow up but still believes in fairy tales, the Once Upon a Story collection hits all the right notes. These deluxe hardcover, illustrated books offer a more mature take on early childhood favorites. Take your pick from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Jungle Book.
For the Self-Proclaimed Potter-Obsessed
This Harry Potter Felt activity kit takes traditional sewing to the next level with Hogwarts-inspired patterns and designs. This set includes everything needed to make Harry, Hermione, Ron, and seven other projects, including multiple colors of felt, stuffing, a needle, embroidery floss, and die-cut templates.
For the Disney Fanatic
What does rock painting and Disney have in common? They’re both all about spreading kindness and cheer! That’s why we love this Disney Rock Painting kit. With three river rocks, painting tools and stencils, Mickey fans can create colorful rocks that are sure to bring a little Disney magic anyone’s day.
For the Stressed-Out Mama
Let’s face it: adulting is hard. Whether it’s for yourself (because we all know mom’s do most of the holiday shopping) or another parent in need, the Circle of Life coloring book is ready to provide all the relaxing feels. Don’t forget to pair it with a pre-sharpened set of colored pencils.
For the Wannabe Maker
For that someone in your life who is always wishing they can make something worthy of Pinterest, consider gifting them a book to inspire a new hobby. You Will Be Able to Crochet By the End of This Book is an easy DIY guide to knitting colorful hats, pillows, blankets and more. This title features 15 projects guaranteed to build skill and confidence in time for next year’s season of gift giving.
For the Collector
When a person’s prized possessions can be found on a set of built-ins, a leather-bound literary classic is sure to please. We can’t think of a more perfect pick than perhaps the “Great American Novel,” The Great Gatsby. This collection of works invites readers into a world of excess, romance and scandal thanks to the dazzling prose of the venerable F. Scott Fitzgerald.
For the Romantic
Thanks to a certain Shonda Rhimes period drama, our love of all things Regency has reached a fever pitch this past year. From the fashion to the social decorum, we can’t get enough — which is why we think the Jane Austen Boxed Set, from the OG of romantic literature herself, makes a proper gift. Perhaps just as enchanting as the tales themselves are the elegant covers and custom endpapers.
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