It may seem early, but it isn’t really!

I used to think no one should talk about Christmas until 1 December. Keep it special – don’t ruin the magic. I adore Christmas, and at 57 I still feel that magic, even just saying the word. However, that was before I was in retail! You have to plan ahead when you are running a business that wants to provide Christmas stuff. So…it’s time to start taking orders for our ever-popular Advent calendars of books.

These calendars are 24 secondhand books, individually wrapped, one to open each day in Advent. We don’t do a Christmas Day one, as I presume most people will have other things to open on Christmas Day. But Advent calendars build the excitement through December, and having a book to unwrap each day is an extra-exciting idea.

We can make them for any age, from babies to ancients, and we take note of any particular likes or, perhaps more importantly, dislikes. We can’t be too specific, as we never know what we will have in stock, but we do tailor-make each one according to general tastes.

Prices as follows:

0-12: £15

12-15: £18

16 and over: £25

This is to do with reading age more than actual age, so let us know if your 15-year-old would like a set of adult fiction, or if your 11-year-old prefers YA to MG, etc.

These are intended to be bundles of fiction books – it’s much harder, from our stock, to put together packs of 24 suitable non-fiction books, but do get in touch if you prefer non-fiction and I will tell you if it’s possible.

We can post them, please let me know when ordering if they are to be posted – I will let you know what the postage costs would be. We can only post them within the UK.

Use the form below to order or for further details.

The C word

One thing you have to embrace as a retailer is that Christmas starts in September. As someone who grew up in a home where the tree did not go up until Christmas Eve (something I still think is wonderful), this took a lot of embracing. But some things do have to be planned in advance, and it’s time to start thinking ahead!

I have launched our annual Advent calendar of books – quite time-consuming, so we have to start now! 24 individually-wrapped books, one to open each day in Advent. Great fun, and always popular. Head to the page to order one – we sometimes run out of books, so don’t leave it too long! We can post them too, but will need to work out a postage charge – usually not as much as you might think.

There will be no big event for the lights switch-on this year, sadly – another casualty of that other C word – but we will do our best to make the shop fun and magical during December. Not going to spoil any surprises on that yet.

We will also have lots of ideas for stocking fillers, and since we can’t have a craft fair, we will be selling things by local crafters in the shop too. More of that soon.

But if you’d like a bundle of wrapped books for Advent, get in touch – early orders are great as it gets a bit manic by mid-November!