My favorite gift to give children is always the gift of reading. A lifelong bookworm myself, I find a particular joy in matching titles to the interests of the child- hoping that they will fall in love with the images and story, and take comfort rereading the pages within again and again.
Books can be a tricky gift to give, though. You never really know which ones the recipient already owns (or might receive at any given gift-giving occasion). And a kid who’s all about dinosaurs today might decide tomorrow that trains are his latest obsession.
But a story that’s all about THEM? That mentions their name and little customized details about their own life story? You can be sure that a personalized book with a child’s name in print will catch and hold their attention, and that there will be no duplicates on their bookshelf.
I See Me!’s award-winning personalized children’s books are as unique as the child that receives them. Offering selections for boys and girls ages 0-12, these customized books would make great gifts for birthdays, holidays and baby showers; for newborns and new big brothers or sisters.
For my own niece, Eva, I received a board book celebrating her 2nd birthday later this year (I have no willpower; Eva got it early). The book is exactly the right size for her little hands to hold, and the pages are nice and sturdy. I fully expect that it will hold up to the intense love that a toddler can give.
I love the artwork, which is bright and whimsical and cheery without being cheesy, and the story is adorable: woodland creatures are all atwitter, preparing for Eva’s birthday party. It’s engaging and fun to read aloud- and at this age, when the same stories tend to get read out loud A LOT, that’s an important factor. There’s nothing worse than reading a boring book aloud a mind-numbing number of times.
Even my decidedly not-bookish husband was chuckling and nodding approvingly at the cuteness of the graphics and plotline.
I can’t bring myself to write inside books, so my preference has been to paste bookplates into gifted titles as a personal touch; a practice that is admittedly pretty antiquated but means a lot to me. I do know younger kids just can’t resist tugging at them. Eva’s board book brilliantly has a dedication printed directly onto the inside cover which reads, This book was made especially for Eva Marie who arrived on September 14, 2010.
You can have the gift-giver’s name inscribed as well, along with the year the book was given. This little detail- the permanent “bookplate”- is absolutely my favorite feature of I See Me!’s customized books.
I See Me!’s selection of high-quality, durable storybooks (including pirate tales and fairy tales) can be customized starting at $24.95. They also carry gift sets (books paired with stuffed animals or t-shirts), personalized floor puzzles and a My Very Own Name app for the iPad. Any of these gifts are sure to put a smile on a kid’s face, and be a gift they’ll reach for again and again.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of a I See Me Book to review. All opinions listed are my own.
Robin Elton is a real food advocate, wilderness champion, general loudmouth and Honey Badger Mom to three backyard naturalists. Community Manager for Fitfluential LLC, she is the Twitterific day-to-day voice of @FitFluential. Robin writes about the non-toxic healthy lifestyle, the restorative benefits of the outdoors, and the power of play at simple. green. organic. happy.
Robin Elton is a real food advocate, wilderness champion, general loudmouth and Honey Badger Mom to three backyard naturalists. Community Manager for Fitfluential LLC, she is the Twitterific day-to-day voice of @FitFluential. Robin writes about the non-toxic healthy lifestyle, the restorative benefits of the outdoors, and the power of play atsimple. green. organic. happy.