Writing Book Inscriptions: A Thoughtful Gift for Any Occasion
A Gift That Can Grow with the Kids
Write Personal Messages for Sentimental Value
Dearest Lyla Brielle,
Happy 2nd birthday! Time flies by and now you are a smarter, more independent child who acts like you are older than your years. You enjoy books and so I wanted to give you one of my favorite stories, the story of Alice. In so many ways, you remind me of her character. She is a storybook heroine I admired since I was a little girl. Her adventures never bore me and I hope you will find them fun to read about, too. Let your imagination wander with this book and may you one day be able to catch up with your "White Rabbit" as you take the world into your hands and go down the rabbit hole.
Remember, anything is possible. I'll be waiting for you in Wonderland.
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Easy But Valuable Gift Idea
Inscribing personal messages on a gift offers a special way to truly make a gift more personal and enjoyable. If you are ever stumped for what to give someone as a gift, consider giving a book and writing a personal message inside.
There is a book out there for everyone, no matter what age, personality or even if the recipient is not a fan of books. It does not always have to be a book with just words or a novel. It can be a cook book for someone who likes to cook or for some one who can not cook! Write a humorous message to them that these are the recipes they can try to learn! That could be a fun gift for a college student living on their own or for newlyweds.
Think about the recipient's hobbies and interests. Give a sketch book to an artist who likes to doodle or draw. Give a baby book with a message for the parents and baby. You can find a traveling book for someone who plans to travel. A scrapbook would be perfect to hold their photos, too. A scrapbook or photo album would also be a nice idea for newlyweds to use for their honeymoon pictures.
Ideas on Type of Book to Give for Different Occasions
Type of Book
Love story, love poems, collection of love letters, cookbooks
"What I Love About You" by David Marshall or "Book of Us: A Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions" by David Marshall
Biography of someone successful or someone they admire, journal to document/record their next chapter in life, cookbooks
"Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss
Newborn Baby/Baby Shower/Expecting Parents
Picture books, potty-training books, nursery rhymes, parenting books, pregnancy books
"Oh, Baby! Go, Baby!" by Dr. Seuss
Inspirational books and poems, Bible
A Baby's First Bible book, book of children's bible verses (if recipient is a child)
End of the School Year - Teacher Gift
Book that relates to their class they teach or student's favorite book from the class with a message inside thanking teacher
Anything relevant to teacher's class
Christmas story books, History of holidays or specific holiday, picture story books about holidays for kids
"The Nativity" by Julie Vivas
Journals, keepsake books or book that relates to recipient's personality and intersts
"My Book About Me" by Dr.Seuss or "Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Scrapbook/photo album with pictures of company events and co-workers, retirement books
"The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked-21st Century Edition" by Ernie J. Zelinski
Leaving for a trip/Traveling
Traveling books, journal, photo album, scrapbook
"Old World Journal" Notebook/Diary by Mara Conlon
Baby Shower, Expecting Parents Books
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Secrets Behind Book Inscriptions
Have you ever bought a used book and found an inscription on the inside cover or a note somewhere else in the book? The message could have been heartfelt, funny or maybe awkward or too intimate. Maybe at one point it was a gift to someone and you found the book more enjoyable or interesting to read because there was already a story that grabbed your attention or tickled your curiosity.
There is no denying that book inscriptions can do that. They deliver more sentimental value for the reader or if it is a strange or funny message, it may make you wonder what the inside joke meant between these two people, where they are now and the reason this book is no longer in the recipient's possession.
The beauty of book inscriptions is that they hold secrets and mysteries, some that you may never understand or unlock but it can still be appreciated. After all, it meant something to someone out there.
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Unique Book Inscriptions
Have you come across a book inscription that stuck with you and you wish you knew the whole story?
Book Inscriptions as Family Heirlooms and a Gift to the World
Since books with book inscriptions can be so meaningful, they can also become valuable family heirlooms to pass down from one generation to the next. As my daughter's birthday draws ever so closer, I feel the need to give her gifts that she can enjoy throughout her life, as a child or an adult. Maybe one day, she can share them with her own kids and grandchildren.
You may also want to consider giving books as gifts with a note inside to close friends and family as part of your will. It will be a simple but thoughtful gesture to them that shows that they were each close to your heart.
Remember, book inscriptions can be warm or funny; it is your thoughts and well wishes that you can pass along and share as long as that book is being passed around, too. Opening up a book with a personal message written within helps make the reader feel a connection with the one who wrote the message, no matter how long ago it was written.
Who knows? Maybe that book will end up 100 years from now in a used book store across the world in which your words may have the power to inspire the next reader, albeit a stranger, to find more joy in reading that book.
Writing Book Inscriptions
Have you ever wrote a book inscription to someone?
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