Baby Shower Hack: Ask For Books Instead of Cards To Build Your Baby’s Library

At first thought, this may feel a bit…uncomfortable. I mean, it can feel tacky to ask your guests to buy something specific for your baby. But, consider this:

  • Greeting cards can cost upwards of $8 a piece. A small board book will cost around $5.
  • Greeting cards get thrown away. A book will remain part of a child’s library throughout their childhood.
  • Those books can be signed, like a card. And each time a child reads that story, they will be reminded of the friend or family member who gave them that book.
  • It is a great way for friends and family members to share their favorite children’s books.

Your wording can be simple, and kind. In my baby shower invitation, I wrote:

  • Help us create a library for Brooks. In place of a greeting card, we are asking for inexpensive children’s books. Please sign your book, like you would sign a card, so we will forever be reminded of your kindness.

And, just like that, Brooks had 30+ books. In fact, we received some really special books–some that had belonged to my stepsons, and some that I had read as a little girl. And now my little ones get to enjoy those special stories too.

If your guests need help choosing great books for your little one, check out this list for ideas: 50 Amazing, Engaging Books for Small Children

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