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How to Write a Personal Message in a Book

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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