How to Write a Personal Message in a Book

Things You'll Need

  • Quality pen
  • Scrap paper
teenage girl lying on grass and read book

A thoughtfully purchased gift is a welcome gift to young and old alike, tailored to the recipient's personal interest. Customizing the gift with a handwritten personal message ensures the recipient will cherish the book for years to come, showing that you cared enough to make the gift even more special. A brief, personalized note gets your thoughtful message across, ready for a moment of reminiscing any time the recipient turns to it in the book.

Select the appropriate book to give as a gift. A board book or childhood classic makes a nice baby gift; your favorite novel is often appropriate for a teenager. Choose an adult's favorite author, or give her an out-of-print book on a favorite subject.

Write an inscription based on the occasion and recipient. Include a mention of why you are giving the book, and what the book has meant to you. You might select a meaningful quote from the book to illustrate your point.

Write the inscription with a quality pen on scrap paper. Write legibly and clearly; blue or black ink is preferable as it shows up well. Practicing on scrap paper ensures the wording is perfect and the message fits the page while being legible.

Write your message on the inside of the book. Write it on the title page or inside front cover, where it will be noticed.

Write the date at the top of your message. This allows the recipient -- and future readers such as children or grandchildren -- to remember when the gift was presented. Sign your name at the end of the message for added personalization.

Avoid using markers, as they may bleed through the page onto the other side, or leave an unsightly blob.

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