Many bookstores sell a range of stationery such as notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, calendars, and planners. Some bookstores also sell their own wares in the form of t-shirts and tote bags. Bookstores also sell items that are great for small purses, stockings, or acquaintances. Think fun magnets, mugs with charming sayings, and socks with a literary theme. As always, buying a gift card is a solid step too.
You might think: Sure, sounds great. But what about the delivery time? What about delays? What about gifts for children? One word comes in handy during a global pandemic: patience.
Delays are a great opportunity to teach patience and gratitude. Does someone want to cope with a crying fit on the morning or evening of a holiday party? No. However, gift delays are the least of the concerns for many people during a literal global pandemic. Talking about gifts that don’t arrive in time for the usual family celebration is a great opportunity to help young people get the bigger picture. For example, you can talk about how hard your neighborhood postman tries, but the United States Postal Service is overworked, underpaid, and frankly undervalued. What can your child take away from it? Patience and empathy.
Delayed gifts can also be a teaching to support things that matter to you. Actually, if you want your charming little bookstore to stay open with personal details and various titles, you may have to both make purchases and not yell at a staff member to request a refund if your item takes longer to arrive than a certain large company . If you have room in your budget to give gifts this holiday season, consider putting those dollars where your values lie.