Ho Ho Ho...hum!
Christmas is literally around the corner now. Have you started shopping yet?
Go you if you have! I am rather envious of you.
Let me tell you, I am feeling very disorganised this year. It's more than a feeling too - I know I am not prepared. I have not officially started anything Christmasy which is a bit of a major disaster when there are six children to plan and buy for as well as everyone and everything else that goes down in the silly season. Usually I am well underway by now; the big day's dinner is planned, gifts are wrapped and a date is set to unveil another year of the tree raising event.
Not this year. Gulp!
I have had the kidlets write me out their extensive lists of Christmas requests. That's organised in a sense. Now it's just finding the time to sit and shop online which is how I like to do things around here.
Before I had kids, I used to hit the shops on Christmas Eve and buy everything in one fell swoop. I would usually visit just one store and buy everything in there. It was quick, it was painless and it was even fun and so much easier than shopping all over the place in the crowds and the rush. Book stores were always a fabulous destination for Christmas presents, (I could usually nab a few select things on the side for myself too) and I still think they're one of the very best places to shop for gifts, after all, who doesn't love a book?
Bookworld are Australia's largest online bookstore and there are loads of special things to find. One of the best things about shopping at Bookworld - they're Australian owned which means everything comes quickly so no hassles with parcel delays and other associated issues. Just browse, buy and wait.
I've had a bit of a browse on the extensive Bookworld website and come up with a list of a few Christmas picks to share.
First up, I found the quintessential Christmas tradition that has taken the world by storm and continues to grow in popularity each year - the sweet Elf on a Shelf. If you are unfamiliar with this little festive household elf, it's time to get acquainted. (You are a bit out of the loop if you don't know about this one!)
The Elf on a Shelf is not only a gorgeous little toy which accompanies a book that's bound to delight your young ones - the Elf is a useful parenting tool too. Use your Elf to decorate your home and spy on the kids. Elf watches over the household goings-on and is a powerful reminder that he or she is reporting to Santa on every single naughty and nice event taking place under your roof. What a great way to gain control of over-excited kids this Christmas!
You can use your Elf in lots of thrilling ways; make him or her leave messages for your kids or even get up to some fun mischief around your home. They're a true delight and something that I will be purchasing this Christmas to excite my kids even further. The Elf on a Shelf is available at Bookworld for $39.99 and comes in four designs so that you can tailor your Elf fit in with your family. (Choose from a girl or boy Elf and either blond or brunette.)
Bookworld has an extensive selection of beautiful diaries and journals, something that everyone can appreciate. Choosing a gorgeous diary for someone is a gift that will always be a useful. I love this beautiful Rupert the Bear Illustrated Desk Diary which is a pocket-friendly $27.59. It's bright, traditional and lovely.
Bookworld has children's and teenaged holiday reading covered and you can search this category easily here. My boys love the novels by Andy Griffiths and you can find these along with other popular Authors such as Rick Riordan, writer of the Percy Jackson series on their website.
Calendars are another fantastic gift idea for the hard-to-please and Bookworld has loads to choose from. My boys would be thrilled to have this 2015 Official Minecraft Calendar in their bedroom. It's $21.15 and guaranteed to give them 12 months of surprises and loads of online building inspiration.
For gift ideas for adults, Bookworld has book titles and titles in formats to cater to a wide range of interests. There are audio books, DVDs of television series and movies, CDs and even e-readers available. Some popular picks in the book industry at present include: The Bush: Travels in The Heart of Australia by Don Watson. (A great title for those who love to travel.) Kerry Stokes: The Boy From Nowhere by Andrew Rule. (An engaging read for the business-minded gift recipient.) For those into thriller and suspense novels, there's Matthew Reilly's The Great Zoo of China.
I think the Christmas Cooking with The Weekly cookbook will be of great help to many at this time of year. This paperback book has all the very best of the Australian Women's Weekly Christmas recipe picks and could be the inspiration you need for getting the best feast you've ever prepared onto the table this season. Might have to buy this one for myself!
You can't beat the convenience of shopping online with time running out to get organised this Christmas and Bookworld has so much to satisfy so many tastes that you won't be stuck for ideas either. With their flat rate shipping, price matching guarantee and fast delivery, I think I will be buying a few books this year for family and friends and maybe even myself.
So how do you plan your Christmas shopping each year?
Have you started your shopping? Are you finished?
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