How to Write a Personal Message in a Book

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How to Write a Personal Message in a Book
The recipient will be delighted to read your message when they open the book. (book image by Mat Hayward from

A book is a perfect gift for almost anyone. Customising the gift with a personal message assures the recipient it was chosen with care. A brief, personalised note allows the recipient to recall your thoughtfulness each time he opens the book.

Skill level:


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Write the inscription with a good pen. Write legibly and clearly. Blue or black ink is preferable. Avoid thick markers.

  4. 4

    Practice writing the inscription on a sheet of blank paper. This provides an idea of the space required.

  5. 5

    Write your message on the inside of the book. Write it on the title page or inside front cover.

  6. 6

    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.

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