Great Gifts That Start With Books

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Author Neil Gaiman once said, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” We agree.

Discover how to create great gifts that start with books. Learn our top ten reasons books make great gifts. And find out how you can spread holiday joy with our Penguin Random House Buy One, Give One book donation partnership.

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Alternative Halloween Fun: How to Trick-or-Treat at Home

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It is no trick that this year’s Halloween will be a lot different than before and more families are wondering how to trick-or-treat at home. Due to the pandemic, the CDC says participating in traditional trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating is considered a high risk activity for spreading the virus. As a mom, it can be hard to tell your kids they will not be going door to door this year.

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Easy Halloween Costumes (For Individuals, Groups or Families!)

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Halloween is coming soon, and it feels like this year more than ever we could all use a chance to escape reality a bit, right? With that in mind, here are a few simple Halloween costumes you can easily put together to celebrate in style. Some are easy Halloween costume options for individuals, some are simple couple costumes, and some are for groups/families! (Oh, and if DIY isn’t for you when it comes to costumes, we have lots of great options for both kids and adults available right here on our Zulily site.)

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9 Spookily Easy Halloween Treats for Kids

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It’s nearing the time of year when witches and warlocks come out of the shadows and excited kids (like mine) hit the streets for annual trick-or-treating. Our school has canceled the Halloween parade; I hope the trick-or-treating won’t be too, like in some communities. Everyone knows Halloween and candy go together like PB&J, but before your mini ghosts and goblins load up on sugar, give them some spooktacular Halloween treats for kids to fill up on first.

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6 Easy Halloween Experiments You Can Do at Home

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Halloween this year will be much more intimate than before. Do not just settle for watching scary movies: get spooky AND creative and try out a Halloween experiment with your family.  These six easy experiments will keep the family in the festive spirit while showing science in action. They require few supplies that you more than likely have at home. The entire family will be thrilled with a pumpkin volcano, magic potion, witches brew and more. 

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23 Spooky Designs for Your Halloween Nails

Spooky season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to lift your mood. While the festivities could be a bit different from usual, there’s still no reason why you and your fam can’t get on your costumes and have some fun. Now’s the perfect time to plan what you’re wearing. A fun way to accessorize outfits and get into the spirit is with some spooky Halloween nails. 

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Teach Your Kids How to Draw with Shapes

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My 4-year-old daughter shows an interest in drawing, but she often gets frustrated because she does not know how to do it. We have some picture books with step-by-step drawing lessons in the back to teach kids how to draw the books’ main characters. One of the things I noticed about these step-by-step drawing lessons is that drawing is just connecting shapes.

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