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  • Give your kids a green Christmas

    I’m loving the fact that there are so many eco-friendly Christmas options this year. From handmade cards to plastic-free crackers and green gifts, it seems there’s a real focus on enjoying the festive season while looking after our planet. Just Google ‘green Christmas’ and you’ll find lots of eco-friendly ideas and inspiration. 

    It’s definitely a step in the right direction – but my biggest bugbear at this time of year is the sheer volume of Christmas presents people buy for their children. I was astounded to read that the  average kid gets 16 presents.  Sixteen!  In France, where I grew up, it’s the custom for children to receive one main present and maybe a couple of small ones as gifts from Santa Claus – and that’s it. 

    green christmas, eco friendly christmas, sustainable gift, eco friendly gift, green gift Time for a greener Christmas? Unwrap a Tidy Books Box that'll last for years.

    As for the seasonal frenzy of buying 3 for 2 offers – well, it just didn’t happen in France. There was no temptation or pressure to buy stuff I didn’t want or need, so when I moved to England I was shocked to see the amount of stuff people bought. And knowing that so much of it ends up in landfill – 10% of unwanted Christmas presents, according to a 2017 report really upsets me.

    I’ve always been a ‘less is more’ kind of person. It’s the way I shop and it’s what drives Tidy Books. From the very start, I wanted sustainability to be at the heart of the business so all our products are made with sustainable, durable wood and coated with eco-friendly water lacquer. We’re not a mass produced, cheap ’n’ cheerful kind of company and I’m proud of that.

    And yes, it does mean our products cost a little bit more. But that’s the beauty of our children’s book cases and storage solutions – you won’t have to pay out for new ones any time soon because a decade later they’ll still be going strong (and the simple, chic design means they won’t look dated in the home, either!). 

    I love it that customers buy into our ‘less is more’ ethos. They get how meaningful it is to buy their child one main gift – and for that gift to last long enough to be passed down to younger siblings and to stay in their family for years. When it comes to buying Christmas presents for their kids, they’re not looking for 3-for 2 offers or BOGOF deals to stuff into Christmas stockings... then take to the tip when the novelty has worn off. They’re in it for the long haul!

    * Want to order for Christmas? Our bookcase and book box can be ordered up to 13th December.

  • The Christmas gift your 2-year-old will love (no batteries required!)

    Do you know what present you’re buying your two-year-old for Christmas? Are you stuck for ideas for something memorable and meaningful?


    Growing up in France, I was given one main present from Santa Claus at Christmas, which was the custom. I was perfectly happy with that – and I bet my relatives were relieved that they didn’t have to find lots of gifts for me each year! When I moved to England I continued the tradition, buying my children just one substantial gift and perhaps a couple of smaller presents to unwrap as well. 

    I think lots of families like to do the same thing. But buying presents for 2 year olds can be tricky, can’t it? Which is why I love getting letters like this one from customers who’ve found the perfect Christmas gift at Tidy Books...

    ‘I bought your bookcase for my 2-year-old boy and it was a huge hit! Bedtime stories took a lot longer than usual last night because he could see the front of so many books, and stories he’d forgotten about were suddenly appealing.’ Fiona

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    ‘It’s great to know that the giver gets as much enjoyment from the gift as the receiver. It’s the sort of gift that allows parents to spend quality time with their two-year-old, watching them interact and have fun with their books. And for toddlers, it’s the perfect gift to help build up their independence as they start to choose their own books. The bookcase and book box can also be personalised with a name to make it that extra bit special for the owner!

    Our sturdy products are made to last so your enjoyment will continue for many years to come as your two-year-old grows along with their book collection. It’s perhaps the reason why lots of grandparents buy our bookcase.  They prefer to give a special gift to their grandchildren that won’t be forgotten about when the Christmas decorations come down. And doesn’t involve batteries or staring at a screen!

    * Want to order for Christmas? Our bookcase and book box can be ordered up to 13th December.  

  • The book you never forgot

    From all my years of reading, there’s one book that has a special place in my heart and that’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Just thinking about it now I’m transported back to school and waiting excitedly for the teacher to read it out loud to the class. 

    I remember being completely captivated by the funny characters and the strange things that happened to them. It was amazing to me that there could be so much adventure and fun in those simple pages. That one book gave me the gift of reading and sparked a lifelong love of books.

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    Recently I was talking about unforgettable books with a friend. Hers was Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree. She says she was hooked by the magical, make-believe stories – which not only encouraged her to read more, they also inspired her to become a writer.

    As we chatted I realised it wasn’t just the book itself that had such a big impact on my life. My teacher used to read us a new chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory every Friday, so whatever else was going on around me, I knew that I could rely on that one day to safely lose myself in another world. There was something really comforting in that. 

    Making a reading environment that fosters the gift of reading

    I think those feelings have been passed onto Tidy Books. From the start I wanted to make books easily accessible to children, so I designed slimline products that fitted easily into the home and gave kids their own little reading space. I liked the idea of kids having control over their books, too – hence the front-facing bookcase that means they can easily pick their favourite book. And most of all I wanted to create a reading environment that felt like their own special haven. 

    I’m so happy that I discovered that one book when I was 5 – it really did feel like I’d been given a gift of reading. I’d love to think that someone right now is discovering their unforgettable book. And that one day, years from now, they will look back and remember that Tidy Books was with them when they found it.

    * What’s the book that you’ve never forgotten? I’d love to know so pop me a line

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    Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world. 

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