Have you started thinking about your holiday gift lists yet? Creating gift lists is one of the many holiday related items on my to-do list this weekend. I’ll be asking my family members to create their wish lists, and I’ll be putting together a wish list of my own. (Fun!)
With gift giving on my mind, I thought it’d be fun to put together a blog post or two on gift ideas. This first post includes three book ideas for yourself or the organizer on your list. I love to receive books, and I also love to give them as gifts. So here are some ideas to whet your book-giving appetite.
For the Mom on Your List
The Five-Minute Mom's Club: 105 Tips to Make a Mom’s Life Easier by Stephanie Vozza is wonderful compilation of organizing and time management tips for Moms. This book includes tips from real moms like Julie Morgenstern, Gretchen Rubin…and there’s one from me, too. (How fun is that?)
I love tips—especially the kind that make life just a notch easier or solve a dilemma. This book offers just that—105 practical tips for Mom. For example, Tip #53 talks about using rewards to motivate your children. The author shares the story of Nancy Beck who used video games to create a reward system that works so well, her children ask her for chores to do. (Gotta’ love that, right?) Here’s Nancy’s story, from the book.
"As a Christmas present when my son was about eight, I allowed his sister to buy him a video game console. I remember in my sleep on Christmas Eve I had an overwhelming feeling that I had just allowed something too powerful into my house."
Oh, do I know that feeling. I remember feeling the exact same way when Collin asked for (and received) a video game system for Christmas several years ago. I love the plan that Nancy came up with to solve this dilemma. She has her kids do chores to earn video game time. Here’s how she does it:
"I estimated how many minutes it would take to do a particular chore and that would be the amount of minutes earned. We sat down as a group and had a unanimous vote about the time payment.
For example, if sweeping the floor takes five minutes, then the person doing the chore gets five minutes of video time in his bank. We use a community jar of change on the kitchen counter. Each of my children has their own jar. As they earn minutes, they take change out of the community jar and place it in their own. And when they spend the minutes, they move them back into the community jar. The children keep track of their own time, and they tend to keep an eye on each other. They also have learned the concept of time…”
Yep, I love that. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a Mom on your list, give this book a look. I think you’ll enjoy the tips, and you’ll be happy knowing that this book also supports a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from this book go to the Pajama Program (www.pajamaprogram.org), an amazing nonprofit organization that provides a warm pair of PJs and a new book to children in need, many of whom are awaiting adoption.
For the Time Crunched Person on Your List
Earlier this year I read the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. 168 hours refers to the number of hours we each have every week. The author builds a compelling case that this is really a lot of time. She shares inspiring stories of people who use their 168 hours intentionally to build a life that really works well for them. Additionally, the author shares strategies that will help you (or your time crunched friend) make the most of your weekly 168 hours and fit in the activities that matter most to you.
For the Scrapbooker on Your List
As I mentioned in an earlier post, The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker, the book I co-authored with Wendy Smedley, is back in print. (I have now held the new version in my hands—woohoo!) If creative clutter is getting in the way of your scrapbooking plans, this book will help. Step-by-step The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker shows you how to design an organizing and storage system that will work for you, your creative process, and your scrapbook space (even if that happens to be the kitchen table!) So if you have a scrapbooker on your list who is in need of a new organizing plan, give this book a look.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you love to give (or receive) books as holiday gifts? If so, what’s on your wish list this year? Thanks for sharing!