Think Green. Come see what I mean!

How many of us have been to weddings and baby showers or even birthdays and gone out to buy a card to go with our gifts?

Um, I would say I think everyone has at some point or another.

My sister in law (my brothers wife) is pregnant with her second child (my first niece, YAY)

I recently received an invitation in the mail to attend the baby shower.  Included was a poem.  I want to share it with you,

Although cards are nice with their sentiment and prayer,

They’re read once or twice then tucked away with care.

A book is a treasure words and pictures unite,

Read over and over to teach and delight.

So instead of a card for Babies and Mother,

Please give a child’s book with your thoughts in the cover

Your book will be cherished; God will watch from above,

When it’s read they will remember your kindness and love.

I don’t know whom the author is it didn’t say!

What a nice sentiment.

While I have dedicated many a book (written in the front cover my thoughts and messages) to my children and others this is the first time I have received it in an invitation.  This is such a fantastic idea.


Some of the favorites from our household  Collage props: Meg Fish  

My other sister in law (husbands sister) gave my son Noah a book, that contained a few stories, and she included a recording of her reading each of the books on a CD.

How thoughtful is that!?

Cheers to my awesome sisters in law!

Another great idea is to print a photograph with warm wishes written on the back in place of a card.

My favorite idea of all, last year for our anniversary Alex created a book on the story of how we met.  It’s filled with photos and art along with the story.  It’s fantastic. I may share it with you one day.

So next time you are preparing a gift, or planning a shower or a party take a moment to think about how you can make it special, unique and green.  Now you know what I mean.

For more great tips check out my new Mommy blog Writings of a Mrs Mommy



  1. Ray

    I love “Are You My Mother!” As a gag gift, my mom gave me a copy of it on my 21st birthday… I kept it and read it to my 2 children. They in turn read it to me, just like I read it to my Mother so many many years ago. A classic.

  2. Yoshiko

    Wow. Great idea. Thank you for such a timely post. I do wonder what to give to my niece on her tomorrow’s birthday. Now, I know. A book is a great idea 🙂

  3. Gardengirl

    Excellent! I have a wedding shower and a baby shower coming up! Thanks for the great idea! I love books and I tend to think that everyone else should too. What a great way to encourage others to enjoy them as much as I do. I’ve always thought cards were a waste and I often tear the backs off and reuse the front by writing a little note on the back of it or using it as a gift tag.

  4. Susan

    I love this! These are fantastic ideas 🙂 As a child, my favorite gifts were always books, and I’ve always tried to encourage reading with my own children. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Thank you for reading it!
      Reading is so important. I have friends that used to get frustrated that I let me toddlers ‘have at it’ with books from a young age. But they are meant to be enjoyed, even if they get ripped up a bit and chewed on! 😀

  5. MissTiffany

    That is a wonderful idea! I already have a habit of buy books for my friends’ baby showers, but next time I will forgo the card and just write on the inside of the book! Thanks for sharing!

  6. jadereyner

    Excellent idea. I always re-use last year’s Christmas cards as tags for presents the following year. I’ve even made my own birthday cards at times too, but I must admit to buying them now and I always think what a waste it is when they just get recycled. Will bear yours and your sister’s in law’s ideas in mind. (Not sure if that sentence was grammatically correct! Lol)

  7. whiteravensoars

    actually, I hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law a year ago now… and I did a fairy tale baby shower and while I modified the poem (see rewrote it to fit better) I had that as part of it.

    • Jennifer writingsofamrs

      Yes it’s a lovely idea. I didn’t think it was unique just the first time I’ve received one in an invitation and I thought I should share it!
      Good on your to think to include it in the party you planned.

  8. ericamclellan

    This is a really cool idea! I am going to pass this idea along to future mama’s! I especially love the idea of making a story of how you met, SO COOL. What a great piece of family history!

  9. avistyle89

    Great ideas! I especially love the photograph and writing a heartfelt message on the back. I am throwing my sisters bridal shower soon and I may request this to the guests! Thanks so much!

  10. cricketmuse

    The book idea is one to appreciate. The cute clothes get the oohs and aahs but when the book gets gets pulled out it’s, “What a good idea!” I try to keep books on hand for such occasions. Books are great gifts for anytime

  11. 1WriteWay

    I recently attended a baby shower where the mom-to-be had asked that books be given instead of cards. I thought it was a great idea, not just because it’s fun to give books, but also to know that the parents were planning to start reading to the baby right away 🙂

  12. anonymousmisanthrope

    This brings back so many memories! Children’s books are some of the greatest works of literature anyone can be given. “Blueberries for Sal” was always a favorite, as were basically all the others here displayed.

  13. J. Ramirez

    Hi Jennifer! I have been following your blog for a while and wanted to nominate you for the Liebster Award. Please accept this award for knowing people like myself enjoy the topics you blog about! =)
    If you don’t accept it, that’s okay because I’ll still be reading your work!

  14. Lesley Buse

    I cannot wait to use these brilliant ideas! Always give books to my pregnant friends and family members but never thought to record myself reading them. Thank you for the like.

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