I love this idea—perfect for a graduate, a couple about to get married or have a baby, or a friend facing a tough time, like illness or divorce. It’s a new site/product called “The Wisdom of Others" which helps you solicit quotes and advice from the recipient’s family and friends, and then turn them into a nice hardbound book. It’s a very personal gift that I think would be incredibly meaningful. They start at $29.95, or $14.95 for ebooks.
I remember my sister making me a “Nothing Book” (a blank book before journals became so popular—anyone remember those?) filled with quotes and photos she had selected for me, all hand-written. It still sits on my bedside table, one of my most treasured possessions because of all the thought and care that went into it. Whenever I need a lift, I love to page through it!
We also have even prettier handbound books from Rag & Bone Bindery that are designed to fill in with similar sentiments, such as “12 Wishes for Baby" and "12 Wishes for Your Marriage" and "12 Ways You Made a Difference.” These would make it even easier to create a book, especially at an event such as a shower—and they’re beautiful!