I am the worst greeting card purchaser on the planet. And by worst, I mean the best for the greeting card companies. I usually buy more than one card for my loved ones because I can’t decide. Usually I buy a funny one and a sentimental cry-in-the-aisle-of-Target-as-I’m-reading-it one and a card that maybe reflects their hobbies. That’s all fine and great when I am buying for other people, but when I am buying them for my kids… I’m stuck storing them after. I know, I know… if I would just buy them one card there wouldn’t be an issue. But as the saying goes… I’ve got more issues than Vogue… so just let me have this one.
A couple years ago I started buying the kids books instead of cards. Rob and I write our sentiments on the inside of the cover and include the date (I try to buy the hardcover versions of the books because you have more room to write your message inside). When we are reading a book that was given as their birthday, Valentine’s Day, Easter (or whatever the occasion) card; Layla asks that we start by reading what we wrote inside. I love that, because it reaffirms all of our hopes and wishes for her to hear as we start reading. I think that is much better than having a card sit in storage gathering dust. Plus it builds your child’s library, which is always a good thing.
Here are some Amazon links to my favorite books that I have given as cards:
This is just the sweetest book about wishing for your child more ups than downs.
“…I’ll look at you, and you’ll look at me. And I’ll love you. Whoever you’ve grown to be.”
The struggle between wanting to keep them little/wanting them to grow and experience life.
The lyrics to Pharrel Williams song. It is so hard to read and not sing it!
Sweet and simple with a great rhyme and flow.
I dare you to make it through it without an ugly cry. Gets me every single time.
What are some of your favorite children’s books?
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