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Cute Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

You've gone to all the trouble of picking out the perfect read for your loved one this Christmas,so it's only right that your gift wrapping should match!
We have scoured the internet (and our own brains) to bring you some super cute ways to wrap your books this Christmas.

Reindeer Wrapping - This one is perfect for kids or the young at heart!
What you need:
Book, Brown Paper, Black Paper, Red Paper or Felt Pen, Black Felt Pen, Sticky-Tape.

Step 1: Wrap a book in brown paper.

Step 2: Cut out ears, antlers & nose.
Cut 2 slightly oval half-circle shapes from the brown paper
Cut 2 antlers from black paper. We freestyled ours, but you can draw them out and then cut if you like.
Cut a circle from the red paper. You can skip this if you are using a red felt pen.
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Step 3: Start Assembling! We have a quick video showing you how.

Using sticky tape, attach antlers, then ears & nose (or draw on your nose). Draw on your eyes.


Add a ribbon as a little scarf to keep him warm on winter nights and you're done!
Feel free to be creative and draw on other little details like nostrils and a smile.

Little Words of Love - Perfect for anyone you are giving 3 (or more) books to!

This one is super easy. Wrap 3 or more books, tie them together with a ribbon, and write a Christmassy message on them! We used stickers, but felt-pen or cut out letters could do a great job as well.

Some suggestions for Christmassy Words: 3 books: Joy | 4 Books: Xmas | 5 Books: Merry or Holly


Wrap it IN words - This is just perfect for anyone! 

Just find a book, photocopy some pages (our preferred size is A3) and you have beautiful wordy Christmas paper! Add a bow or a cute little Christmas picture and you're done!

Here's some pretty examples from the internet....

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There's sure to be more inspiring gift wrap ideas out there. If you have one, leave a comment!
Merry Christmas!

Box it up! Adult Edition

Our Christmas Ninjas are back with more boxed up bargains for you!

sherlockGame of Thrones has exploded in a big way this year and we have you covered with this fabulous A Song of Ice and Fire Box set containing all titles in the series to date. If you would prefer a different title set in the same world you can always try A World of Ice and Fire or The Ice Dragon.  Both of these titles are hardcover and have beautiful illustrations.

For classic fiction lovers you can't go past Sherlock Holmes  or Edgar Allan Poe. These beautifully presented hardcover slipcase editions are sure to satisfy.

Cooks will ooze happiness all over our Slow-Cooking & One-Pot Recipes Box. This practical box set is perfect for the busy, modern cook who wants tasty, wholesome meals without the need for fussy or time-consuming cooking techniques. All of the recipes in these two cookbooks are designed with minimal preparation in mind, and require only one pot for washing up!

cake shopFor those of us with a sweet tooth The Home-Made Cake Shop Box Set could sweeten their day.  These are four stunning books in one classic collection, providing all you need to know about baking the cutest treats. From traditional cakes for afternoon tea to contemporary cake pops, there is a recipe here for every occasion.

bombersIf your loved one is more interested in history and/or transport the Fighters & Bombers Box Set is definitely the way to go.  Featuring over 300 aircraft with 1200 wartime and modern identification photographs this book describes all the truly classic aircraft, such as the Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf109, Heinkel He111, F-14 Tomcat, MiGs, B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Feeling creative? The Complete Practical Art Book Box contains an artists' manual which includes examples of many different styles and treatments as well as a blank book to put your skills into practice. It contains sections on drawing, watercolour, oil, acrylics and pastels covering everything you need to get started.  This is a great gift for all ages. (I bought one for my Gran!)

 Easy to wrap and full of book-y goodness these titles are sure to hit the spot OR you could just spoil yourself.  (It's Christmas- go wild!)

Box it up!

Boxing day used to be the day after Christmas- but at QBD we say not anymore! Box it up with the  plethora of box sets we have on hand that will make your loved one happy this Christmas. Easy to wrap, easy to open and hours of fun!

9780007371839Kids will love Dr Seuss's Crazy Creatures Box. Full of wit and wonder this collection is sure to please both parents and children alike. With 10 great titles including Horton Hears a Who and The Cat in the Hat, it is a gift that can't go wrong.

9781743626054If you prefer to give a picture book gift with a little more Australian flavour check out the There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Mozzie Box Set or if you need a title that is a little bit more sturdy for tiny hands the Giggle And Hoot: My Giggle-icious Box of Books could be the one for you. Containing 3 hoot-tastic board books it will stand up to a fair bit of rough reading.

Have older children? or tweens? Try our Enid Blyton box sets. Available in the Mysteries collection, the St Clares series and the Faraway Tree series these titles are classics that never go out of style.

9780007591374If you have a teenager you will probably have heard of the movies Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games.  All have been major movies in the last year and we (totes) have you covered. Filled with much more action and detail than the movies could ever contain our box sets of these series are sure to be a winner.

Prefer to wrap a single title? (or shove it in a stocking!) Check out Ernest Elf's great suggestions here.

And we haven't forgotten you adults! Stay tuned for Box it up- Adult Edition!


Direct from the North Pole!

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We here at the QBD Blog have been lucky enough to get a visit from Santa's elves early this year, and they brought us news of a whole lot of fantastic new books the big man will be bringing!

Elf Ernest, Santa's Head Elf, has been telling us all about his favourite eight books this Christmas, and we can't wait to tell you all about them!

First, for all our wonderful Peppa Pig fans, we have 'Peppa's Christmas Wish'. Peppa and George are lucky enough to meet Santa himself and tell him all about what they want for Christmas, and Peppa gets to make a very special Christmas wish. Will it come true?

Secondly, our favourite puppy Spot is back with 'Happy Christmas, Spot!' Help Spot and his friends guess who gets which present, and lift the flaps to see what's inside each box!

Next is a very special gift pack, that comes with not only a book, but also a Christmas tree decoration! 'Father Christmas Needs a Wee!' is a fun counting book following Santa's adventures on Christmas Eve night, as he travels from house to house and enjoys all the treats left out for him!

where's santaBut what happens when Santa can't be found? In 'Where's Santa?', Detective Inspector Scrooge needs your help to track down Santa before the big day, after he disappears trying to track down his stolen sleigh! Like a Christmas version of Where's Wally, this book has a whole list of Christmas things to find on each page, plus a 150-piece jigsaw puzzle!

Elf Ernest has told us about three fantastic gifts for all our little Aussie booklovers out there. 'There Was an Old Bloke Who Swallowed a Present', 'An Aussie Night Before Christmas', and 'Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle' all give a modern Australian twist to Christmas classics, with a healthy dose of good Australian humour while they're at it! The whole family will get a good laugh out of these cheeky books!

Last, but definitely not least, how can anyone go past 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'? This book is Elf Ernest's favourite story of all time, and we have to say it might just be ours too. It's a beautiful story about a grumpy old Grinch who learns the value of friendship and love at Christmas.

Don't forget to keep track of Santa and his elves here!