My attendance my be sporadic, but my choice of gifts are almost always the same.
I always give books as children/baby gifts. (With the exception of one friend whose daughter got a pair of sparkly infant ballet flats...well...because I couldn't resist.)
Well, in the age where 3 year-olds are becoming more familiar using an iPad than a coloring book and where Kindles are as common as Barbies, I think that the art of reading actual books is quickly becoming extinct. Sadly, many children in my lifetime will be read to using electronic devices and even more sadly, they'll read (or be read) horribly written, modern, hidden agenda books instead of classically loved childrens titles.
Yes, I am a book snob, but I think it's important we cultivate a love for reading at an early age. Gifting books to children just might ignite all sorts of imagination and ideas that wouldn't necessarily come from a computer game. Or, it may just provide an activity that will allow children to bond with the book reader (parents, siblings, etc.) and create precious memories of bedtime stories and reading time when the child grows up.
Perhaps I'm just old-fashioned? Either way, you should know that if you plan on having kids and you plan on inviting me to a birthday party or baby shower, you should also plan on receiving some.
My personal favorite books to give are ones that I have specific memories of reading and enjoying. I'm sure there are lots of great modern stories out there now, but you can't go wrong with a classic, right?
|The first book I ever read.|
Thoughts on this seemingly dated gift?
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