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"We have too many books." This is what my sister told me when I was trying to figure out what to buy her daughter for her birthday. I didn't even realize it was possible to have too many books--it's not like they are all the same book! The amazing thing is that they have a zillion toys. Seriously, the house is overrun with toys. It just makes me sad that my sister would prefer to get more toys for her daughter than books. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'll probably end up buying clothes, although she has plenty of that, too. What in the world do you get a child who has everything? I'm too far to give the gift of time. Otherwise I could take her out for a special day.
 

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Yeah, when I read the thread title I thought, "Too many? How can you have too many books?"<br><br>
Sorry I don't have any ideas for you.
 

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Hmmmm...I guess I'll be the dissenter here. I think you CAN have too many. Once the kids' bookcases are full, there's nowhere else for books to go. We visit the library every two weeks and stock up there. (I also routinely weed out books that we don't use and donate them to the library.)<br><br>
That said, I find there are always books on our lists because the kids are getting older and ready for the next stage of books. But, I still do believe that you can absolutely have too many!<br>
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Is there a zoo or indoor play zone or something nearby that a membership to might be a good gift? With winter coming on, an indoor activity the family could do together could be really nice (although perhaps too pricey).<br><br>
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I'd hate to hear what your sister has to say about our house... Sometimes I think we <i>live</i> in a library.
 

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I think we have too many books. We have a 3 shelf bookshelf completely full plus a tote full of books that no longer fit on the bookshelf. And that's CHILDRENS books, ya know the 1/8 of an inch thick ones...<br><br>
But I'd never discourage books!! It's just hard finding a title we don't already own. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We had too many books. When we moved to the other side of the country, we offloaded three bookcases full, and whilst the collection has rebuilt, we've been more responsible about only owning (keeping) those that we cherish and want to reread. Considering that there's a lot of crap written for kids, I wouldn't assume anything.
 

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How old is she? Would something like "consumable" craft supplies be suitable? The sort of things that get used up like paints/paper/glue etc.
 

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It shouldn't need to be conventional gifts like clothes, books or toys either.<br><br>
Subscription to a magazine (oh no that's probably books acc. to your sister :).<br><br>
I would hink of something like a precious stone. As a kid I've always been very fascibnated by stones, precious stones, shells. I was so thrilled to get my hands on part of the student stone collection of my uncle's, who is a geologist! I could look through those for hours, or just be really excited about just one particular piece.<br>
And my own kids love to play with stones and shells, we have a small lot of each at home and they also love to soak them in water and see the colour changes amd have them sink, make patterns/puzzles with them.<br><br>
Or you could get her a small wooden birdhouse which she could decorate and hang in the garden and hopefully be able to watch birds nestling in it.<br><br>
Think of the uncoventional gifts and you may make a child very happy, too.<br><br>
Otherwise, a children's watch, or a compass or other explorer tool can all be exciting.<br>
Wind bells/chimes?<br><br>
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I guess I'll be a dissenter here, too. You can have too many books. We have too many books. We have two floor-to ceiling bookcases in every room and some of them have two rows per shelf if they are deep enough. And this is after we took about 3 bookcases of books to Half-Price a few years ago. My dd is almost 8 and she loves to read, but reads fast enough that the books she likes right now are finished in less than 2 hours. I can't justify either buying OR keeping a book for 2 hours of pleasure. So, I can definitely see how your sister might say they have too many books. I also work at a library, so our rule is that books are not bought unless they are informational, in a foreign language that is not easily accessible (we are all multi-lingual), or have sentimental meaning. The rest have to be obtained through the library.<br><br>
I would buy something consumable and memorable for a gift... a membership to a fun place like the zoo or museum, tickets to an event, etc.
 

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Also, what about an (homemade?) apron to help/play in the kitchen?<br>
A children's cookbook well, a book, but different.<br>
A porcelain 1 person children's dining set.<br>
A beautiful/fun design drinking cup...
 

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Considering that my kids all tend to latch on to a few books and just want to read/look at those overandoverandover...yeah, we definitely have too many children's books! They never read/look at about 80%(maybe a higher % than that, even) of the books we have.
 

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Count us in the group of people who have too many books. Both my DH and I are huge readers and that is a gift we have given our children. However, there is simply no more room to put any more books. We have become huge patrons of our local library. Much easier to just check things out and return them than trying to find storage room here. In addition, we have gotten much better about selling the books we do have once we have read them. It is too much stuff!<br><br>
I guess we would be great candidates for a Kindle but I really like the feeling of holding a book in my hand. Old school.
 

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I don't really like book gifts because our house is really small.<br>
I love books - don't get me wrong. And would of course be thankful if getting them...<br>
But we seriously don't have the space - and wall mounting isn't an option! (trust me there lmao)... And yeah, he also has plenty of toys but chances are, if hes getting new ones - some old ones are going as well.<br><br>
I wouldn't just say 'we have too many books' though - we just don't have enough space. For us, the library is where its at! We can get many books - all the time - that don't take up space and can go right back when we are finished with them - or we can get them again and again!...And if we want a book they don't have - they will buy it so they do have it! lol<br><br>
We just arn't the kind of people to own them though.<br><br>
Personally - I have become a fan of vouchers. lol In my lazy pregnant state - thats what everyone is getting for Christmas lmao
 

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No no, you can never have too many books, only a too-small house or not enough bookshelves... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I think DH and I at times have been guilty of having too many books. We get sort of random books as gifts or buy something we might just read once and don't really need to keep. We are always weeding out ones to get rid of and trying to use the library more for stuff we aren't sure we really want to keep.<br><br>
That said, I'd never turn down a new book for the kids, and never think we have enough for them. My daughter loves getting something new to read. I think kids really like novelty when it comes to books because they are constantly seeking out new information. That's why you see all those kids with giant stack of children's books to check out at the library.<br><br>
Anyway, I wouldn't make too much of it or presume the worst about your sister. Who knows her reasons. But I agree it seems like an odd thing to say. I love some of the ideas you've gotten here for alternative gifts though.
 

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Feel free to peruse the "decluttering" forum- lots of people have "too many books"!!! Sure, it's fine to "live in a library" if you have enough space for all those books and enjoy re-reading the books you own, but that's not true for everybody. I prefer to get books out of the library- when I'm done reading, the books go back! I only buy books when I've read and re-read them numerous times and I'm sure it's something I <b>want</b> taking up precious bookshelf space.<br><br>
If your neice is the kind of girl who reads books once then brings them back to the library and never wants to check out the same book twice, or the kind who reads and re-reads the same 10 books and never looks at another title, ever, then the shelf full of books is "too many." If you tell us how old she is, we can help you brainstorm gift ideas.
 

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I agree. If we had a bigger place and more shelves, I would never ever get rid of any books.
 

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Lol, DH says they won't need to bury me, because i'm sure to die in a book-landslide incident and be both dead AND buried in one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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