For any and all gift occasions throughout the year, try always to give a book. The unspoken message is “this is just as cool and fun as all those other things.”

Don’t have one yet? For ages 5 through 13 (and even up) I highly recommend:

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden and The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan, Miriam Peskowitz, and Alexis Seabrook.

Both my boys have spent hours with both these books (yes, even the “girl” one). They are just sooooo much fun!