Gift Books... my thoughts on WRITING in Books
I know that there are purists out there who will scream when I write this, but I feel strongly that any book given as a gift should have a message on the title page or inside cover that personalizes it.
If you take the time to find *just* the right book for a special person, you should cement that specialness by taking the time to make it totally unique. You might remember a special moment shared between you two, quote a favorite passage or axiom, or memorialize the time for future posterity. Whatever message you send, you will be sending one of care and love.
I have many books that were gifted to me over the years, but the most special are always those that have been personalized. I can vividly remember the event where I received each one. When I read these small inscriptions inside books that were given to me as a child by now deceased family members, I conjure up vivid details of shared time together. Books given by friends help revive those friendships in my heart, and generally make me call them up for chat when my otherwise hectic schedule makes me procrastinate.
As someone who spends a lot of time reading and wandering used and antique bookstores, I also love to discover a previous reader’s notes, annotations, and inner dialog documented in the pages as well as little gift notes left inside the front cover or title page. Far from reducing their value, they are enhanced by their presence.
When giving books this holiday season, consider making the gift even more memorable by taking the time to leave a message for the child getting the book. Trust me, they will appreciate it.