I confess that I have always been besotted with pretty packages.

Regular deliveries of Usborne Books (at least in part) satisfies this craving.

I just received three brand new products from Usborne, just in time for Rachel’s Holiday Shopping Boutique.

The first, Market Day, has so many features…a handle for easy carrying, four beautifully-illustrated board books, a fold out design that turns into a market backdrop and play surface, and sturdy cutout figures for hours of enjoyment.

And all of this for only $19.99.

And then there’s this beautiful volume of Illustrated Stories for Christmas: 352 pages and hardcover, for only $14.99.

Titles in this book are: Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Visit from St. Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, The Elf and the Toymaker, Snowy and Icy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Santa’s Day Off, Puss in Boots,The Snow Queen, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

And now for the piece de resistance! These fabulous greeting cards just released for the holidays are my top choice this year. Each of the 20 cards features a unique design that can be hand colored.  The price? Only $9.99.

A collection of twenty festive Christmas cards to color and rich red envelopes to send them in. Each card is gorgeously illustrated with a different design, including a decorated Christmas tree, a sweet robin on a berry-freckled branch and a happy snowman. Card insides have colored backgrounds, a season’s greeting and a blank space for children to write their own message.

I hope to see you at the boutique.  You can indulge me by ooohing and ahhhing over the pretty packages along with me.

Other yummy seasonal products:


The Story of the Nativity

Story of the Nativity, $10.99

Sing-along Christmas Carols with CD

Sing Along Christmas Carols with CD, $14.99

Christmas Baking for Children

Christmas Baking for Children, $14.99

Drawing, Doodling

Drawing, Doodling and Coloring for Christmas, $13.99

Christmas Sticker Book

Christmas Sticker Book, $7.99