It’s hard to believe that it’s the last full shopping week before Christmas. At the bookstore, we’ve been busy guiding customers with big long lists to the perfect books and toys for their family members and friends, packaging and shipping online orders, and frantically ordering and restocking as we see our favorite products flying off the shelves. So what’s our bestseller at this time of year? You might be surprised to hear that it’s not The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or even an Eric Carle book at all. No, it seems the products everyone wants this year is our….Band-aids.
We first picked up these super-cute Eric Carle band-aids in October and since then have been simply shocked at how well they sell. As every kid knows, a fun bandage for your boo-boo makes it feel ten times better and these Eric Carle band-aids seem to double as a fashion statement. Seriously, even among our adult Carle Museum staffers, these bright band-aids are popping up on our skin even if we don’t need one. And what have I been hearing across the register as customers add them to their book purchase? “These will make great stocking stuffers.”
And indeed they do. We’ve put together a list of our other best selling stocking stuffer ideas – if you ever come by our brick-and-mortar shop, you’ll see them lining the counter by the registers. A big hit are the Petit Cinema flip books – mini flip books based on turn-of-the-century French black-and-white movies. With four different movies to flip through, they are so funny to flip through and share with friends and a great conversation starter for kids about how movies used to be made.
We also have stickers, mini lined journals and sketch pads all featuring favorite Eric Carle characters and best of all – ALL UNDER $10! To see all of our recommendations click here and stock up.