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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

This is the first year I'm spending Christmas (and my birthday—Boxing Day baby!) in America, away from Mom, my family, and Yorkshire pudding. Which means the presents I send and receive this year need to be light enough to ship across the Atlantic without breaking the bank. Many of us have friends and family far away from where we live, but we still want our gifts to be thoughtful, personal, and come in lovely little packages. With that in mind, I've collected a number of gift ideas that are light on shipping but heavy on holiday cheer (as with last year's gift guide, I've tried to keep reasonable budgets in mind).

Book and Literacy Charities for the Holidays

Book and Literacy Charities for the Holidays

If Thanksgiving is a time for us to be grateful for what we have, Giving Tuesday and the gift-buying period is the perfect time to put that feeling into action. Books and literacy can change the world we live in for the better: children who are read to at home report higher abilities in math and writing; literacy rates are an important indicator of future earning potentialreading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family's socio-economic status. With that in mind, below are 10 charities devoted to getting books into the hands of those without the resources to obtain them as well as improving the literacy of children and adults worldwide. 

Reading Survival Guide: Christmas 2015

Reading Survival Guide: Christmas 2015

To get home for the Christmas holiday, I have to take two subways (1.5 hours), wait at the airport (2+ hours), fly in the sky (6.5 hours), hop on the tube (1 hour), and hopefully not miss the train (2+ hours). You know what that means...13 hours of reading! Not to mention the mandatory time spent hiding from family members that drive you crazy. My "Reading Survival Guide" aims to give you some book recommendations that could help you cope with this hectic time.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Not only is this my first ever blog post and my first ever gift guide, but it's also the first day of Chanukah! And there are only 19 days until Christmas! Chooray! Or chelp, as the case may be. I'm firmly on the latter and in fact the main reason for doing this blog post was to procrastinate from actually buying presents. The good news is that nearly everyone in my family, including me, appreciates a carefully chosen book or a literary-themed item. The bad news is that nearly everyone in my family, including me, has a birthday between October-January, so while the presents are doubled the bank balance is halved. With that in mind, below are book-related items for specific sorts of people, but anyone's budget.