My dad stopped over yesterday with gifts. He asked me to wrap or hide my husband's present until Christmas. Then he handed me a reused gift card envelope, the Christmas kind where you stick the store gift card envelope inside of it. He had resealed it with duct tape. That's so my dad, and my kids laughed out loud when they saw it.
Inside was the most awesome gift...a two hundred dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble with two ten dollar after-Christmas bonus cards included. That's fifty dollars of book happiness for my three kids and me. *bliss*
The last time he gave us a large gift card, my kids and I had a wonderful time at the book store. We started at the coffee shop and ended up with a huge stack of books at the cash register after attacking the store like a swarm of locusts.
My teen handled the checkout while I attempted to manage the toddler. The cashier told my daughter, "Honey, there's no way this card will cover all of this," and later took back her words when she realized there was more than enough. I suspect tonight's check out will be more of the same.
My kids and I discussed the potential to use the card to buy a Nook, maybe two. I have an old school Sony eReader that I like but don't use a lot. I'm not sure if we're ready for an eReader for the kids. My pre-teen wants one because it might have games - as if we don't have enough devices with games. My daughter agreed with me - we still like paper.
We spent an hour talking about our game plan. My preteen wants to buy Star Wars books. My daughter and I love the classics, many of which you can get for maybe $6.00 in B&N editions. The problem is we need to inventory our books and ebooks so we don't end up with duplicates, not that duplicates would be the end of the world - then we could read them together. I thought about getting journals with my portion of the money, the cardboard covered kind. I like to use them for outlining my novels and sometimes use them to write first drafts of individual chapters.
On our last book store shopping spree, we found that a lot of the books on our list, especially my husband's sci-fi list, weren't in the store. I know we can buy paper copies online, but I want them in the store. I want to hold a book and look at it to see if the font size works for my aging eyes. If the print is tiny, I'm not going to read it. (Yes, I have granny glasses, but I hate being in granny mode before I have grandchildren.)
The cool thing for me is the reaction from my kids. They were as excited as they would be if they got a gift card to GameStop. I'm definitely doing something right.