Thrifty gift ideas: Books

Today – Thrifty gift ideas: Books


People are either readers or they aren’t but if you have a friend or relative who loves to read then Christmas gift ideas are both simple and inexpensive. No one who loves to read will care what you have spent on a book that they enjoy. It will be one of their most favourite gifts anyway, will last ages and bring real pleaseure.Books also wrap easily which is always a big bonus I think.


Thrifty gift ideas: Books

Charity Shops

All sorts of people give stuff to chraity shops and some books may be tremendously old and unsual some just modern and finished with. Some will be unread gifts and these are perfect because they look new. Don’t be afriad of an older, unusual book thought it will have character and no one expects an old book to look new. Charity shop staff are increasingly well trained so you are unlikely to pick up something with hidden value.

Car Boot Sales

It’s worth having a good look around car boots for book treasures too as many books make their way onto these stalls. It may take some searching through the clutter but here is the place for first editiions going for 50p. Or even just a rare book of interest for a good fieined.


I am a big believer in independent bookshops and the almight has taken many of them from us. but, if you want to buy books on a budget Amazon is the place to look. Their books can be significantly cheaper brand new and in ‘very good’ preloved condidiion you can get an absolute bargain.

Thrifty gift ideas: Books

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Ebay is great for bundles of second hand books. My son is really into the Beastquest series at the moment and these are much chepaer to buy off another parent through eBay than any other way i have yet found. He never re-reads so we sell on his bundles back on eBay when we are done. If you suggest to granparents they buy the kids books this way they will proably be amazed they can get twice as many books for what they would have spent new. Sometimes you almost need to tell people it’s okay to buy second hand.


Book People (

The book people sell lots of fabulous books including sets of children book at bargain prices.For example, these 10 famous five books are just £9.99. at least 5 pound less than on Amazon and they are brand new.

Why not all checkout supermarkets who do lots of 3 for 2’s on books and can give you lots of ideas.

Books make great gifts that are real value for money and bring many hours of pleasure.


Thrifty gift ideas: Books is a collaborative post – you mihgt also like my post – books on a budget



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