On Sunday, I attended a baby shower for a family friend. The invitations indicated that the couple wanted to start a library for their new baby and if attendees were so inclined, they could give a book (with an inscription) instead of a greeting card. I’m not sure if this is a big trend–most of my friends have kids already–but I love it!
Inscribed books are so meaningful to me, and I wish there were more in my personal library. Before I sat down to write this post, I grabbed a few books from my shelves that I thought had inscriptions so I could take some photos. To my surprise, most the books I thought were inscribed were not.
My in-laws gave me The Complete Works of William Shakespeare for my birthday in 1994, and I was almost positive my mother-in-law wrote an inscription, but I couldn’t find it. Inside a book of children’s bedtime stories, I was certain I’d find an inscription from my one of my aunts. Instead, I found a pressed flower and a note in my handwriting stating the flower came from my high school crush in April 1992. I did find an inscription from her in a cookbook, though!
Inscribed books in lieu of greeting cards is such a great idea, and I plan to use for my nephew’s birthdays and holiday gifts. I can’t wait to give him some of our favorite books–James and the Giant Peach (one of Ant’s favorites), My Side of the Mountain (one of my favorites), The Hunger Games trilogy, The Harry Potter box set, the list goes on and on. Luckily there are lots of holidays for which I can substitute books for cards!
Do you inscribe books that you give as gifts? Would you consider books in lieu of greeting cards?
*Harry Pottery gift wrapped book photo credit to PatronusCrafts via Etsy.