I’ve focused this Books and Stationery For Boys Christmas Gift Guide on boys (because I have one), but to be honest a lot of these books and stationery are good for both girls and boys. It’s aimed at boys in the 8-12 years of age range, but some of the books will stretch beyond that I feel.
My Golden Ticket is a really special book for Roald Dahl fans because it’s a personalised adventure that finally opens Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to any child on Earth. But this isn’t just a version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a child’s name slapped inside at various intervals. Instead, every name gets a different story, including their own unique candy, Oompa Loompa song and Wonkafied family tree. No two adventures are the same. It’s got a durable hardback cover and the illustrations inside have a fun vintage style. As a gift giver you can join them in the story, which I think is perfect if you don’t live close to your gift recipient because they will think of you when they read the book.
Star Wars Coding Projects from DK Books was always going to be a hit with H because it combines two things that he really loves. The book uses the beginner coding language Scratch to create Star Wars themed computer projects, animations and games. We particularly liked the idea of building our own droid sprite as the droids are our favourite characters in the movies. There are 6 fully illustrated coding projects to work on, so this is a book that will keep them busy over the Christmas school holidays.
Next up in our Books and Stationery For Boys Christmas Gift Guide is The Wand Tree. This is a debut fantasy novel from S.G.Harvey. It follows the story of Joe Silva who, following the disappearance of his mother, finds himself unhappily at boarding school. Things change for the better though when he finds himself being offered a place at Trega’s School for Witches and Wizards, where he is able to make friends with other wizards. Now it’s inevitable that a wizard’s boarding school is going to make you think about Harry Potter, but I do think this book has a different feel to it. It’s an adventure story with strong characters and there’s plenty of action which is H’s usual requirement.
Another book on the coding theme that really appealed to H was Detective Dot. Detective Dot is a nine-year-old coder and part of the CIA: Children’s Intelligence Agency, a global network of young spies who assemble to solve worldwide problems. She must investigate teenage trillionaire Shelly Belly and her global tech empire. Alongside her flying robot sidekick Drone, and selfie-loving, Tumble. Dot must utilise all her gadgets and sharp skills to solve the case! Detective Dot knows a smart phone is nothing without a smart brain to use it. H loved how the Megapack version of the book came in a special sealed envelope for children only and there were lots of things inside, apart from the book, which made the world of the CIA come to life.
Pen Heaven is a true haven for any stationery lover. We love this Lamy Safari Pen which is specially designed for children with an ergonomic grip. H likes the feel of the grip of the pen and there’s a nice sense of styling to the pen, so I’m sure it will go down well with his friends too. It comes in a range of cool colours too.
A nice notebook is just the thing as a stocking filler and H gets a new one pretty much every year at this time. I do look for something cool or a little bit different. This year’s current favourites are Sass & Belle’s Vintage Map Big Ideas Notebook and a bigger Lego A4 Spiral Bound Wide Ruled Notebook.