Designing for Kids, Gift of Reading

Christmas is coming – and this year it’s personal!

Are you getting stressed about gift buying this holiday season? Well I think we’ve all been there. You start thinking about what presents to buy for relatives and children but as soon as an idea pops into your head the anxiety sets in. What if it’s the wrong colour? What if it’s not really their thing? What if they hate it?  People can be so worried about getting it wrong they end up buying a ‘safe’ present like chocolates or giving vouchers or a gift card, and not even considering a personalized children’s gift.  The trouble with presents like that, though, is they’re not very exciting. For the person receiving the gift, it can be a real let down when they tear off the wrapping paper and see what they’ve got. And it’s not great for the gift-giver either as they lose out on that lovely warm, satisfied glow of knowing they’ve bought something special with that person in mind.

It actually makes giving and receiving presents rather joyless – and certainly doesn’t make a memorable gift to cherish. That’s why I think a personalized children’s gift is such a wonderful idea. For a child, it means something special to get something with their name on it, and has been made just for them. And for the giver, it’s an opportunity to buy a unique gift that shows your thoughtfulness.

If you're looking for a personalized children's gift, try a personalized bookshelf

The Tidy Books Personalized book Box in white. Image @keepingitkirby

That was certainly the idea behind my Tidy Books personalized bookshelf, book boxes and bunk bed shelves. I wanted to put a smile on children’s faces when they saw their name in colourful wooden letters. And I wanted parents and grandparents to be able to buy a long-lasting gift that they could be proud of. It’s the sort of gift that really brings the giver and receiver together, I think.

The personalized bookshelf and book boxes make a great personalized gift for children under 5. It’s like giving them their own little library that they can fill with their favourite books. And with their name on it, it will feel even more special. Of course, you can enjoy their present, too, watching the kids have fun tracing their fingers around the letters and getting to know the alphabet.

For older children, the Bunk Bed Buddy bedside shelf with their name on it makes an amazing personalized children’s present, and will help them keep treasures safe and secure next to their beds. 

I like to think that my personalized bookcases and shelves will bring families lots of wonderful bonding moments and memories that will last for years. And that’s got to be better than a box of sweets and a voucher, hasn’t it?


About Géraldine Grandidier

Géraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile. She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids. Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.

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