My mom (aka "The Rodeo Queen) always gave my kids books for Christmas. And on the inside cover she always wrote a little message. Here's what she wrote inside of THE ESCAPE OF MARVIN THE APE by Cara and Mark Buehner.
"Love you to pieces. You are such a lively little boy. You love all types of gadgets: the phone, the T.V., computers, and any machine seems to challenge you.
"This year you have learned to talk. We love the way you say 'Grandpa LaVell and Grandma Pat.
"We sure had fun at the beach!
Love Grandpa LaVell and Grandma Pat"
She did this for years--wrote a little message about that year's highlights. Such a gift!