Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas: Recordable Books

It's hard to believe but Christmas is just right around the corner. And those of us in open (or even some semi-open) adoptions are beginning to think about what we should send our children for Christmas. 

It is such a dilemma when it comes to gift giving for holidays and birthdays isn't it? We wonder things like: Should the gift be sentimental? Should it be age appropriate? Since we are not parenting our children and giving them the daily things such as clothes, food, and shelter like other parents do I think ultimately that it makes the dilemma of gift giving even harder because we given our children fewer things.

So between now and Christmas I'll be featuring some different gift ideas that I think would be appropriate for birthmothers to give their children. Hopefully this sporadic series of posts will help you and you'll either use one of my ideas or they will inspire you with other ideas. If you have a great idea, please email it to me or write a post about it on your blog and email me a link to it and I'll feature it here.

The first gift idea I'd like to share are the Hallmark recordable children's books. I orginally heard about these over a year ago and instantly wished that they had been around back when my son was young enough for these type of books. 

This book was also featured in the season finale of MTV's Teen Mom. In the episode, Tyler and Catelynn, visit with their daughter Carly. On the last day of their visit Tyler and Catelynn give Carly one of these books. Carly's adoptive Mom helps her look through book and you can hear Tyler and Catelynn's voices reading the book to Carly. It was a precious moment! 

There are currently 15 different books in the Hallmark recordable books line including some holiday books perfect for the upcoming holidays like The Night Before Christmas and some everyday titles as well such as All The Ways I Love You, Bright and Beautiful, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

The books are simple to use. You simply open them up and there is a "record" button in the front. Follow the prompts and record the story in your own voice for your child. 

What a great gift one of these books would be - it's an age appropriate yet a sentimental gift.


  1. On the recordable thing.... Nick and I gave Makayla a Build-a-Bear for her 1st birthday and recorded my voice saying, "Happy Birthday, Makayla...we love you!" Easy, simple, and Makayla loved it. :-)

    ~Monika (monikaj on birthmombuds)

  2. I purchased one of the recordable books last year for my son. It wasa hit!! I chose "The Night Before Christmas" this is my favorite christmas story so I thought it was appropriate.
    I encourage everyone to seriously look into these. (Some can be used as an Easter gift as well)...

  3. I love Christmas gifts. I like your first very much that is the Hallmark recordable children's books. Thanks for sharing with us your nice ideas. Whenever a good idea comes in mind I'll share it with you immediately.

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  4. What a great idea!!!! Do you think it's too late to send one to my 25 year old birth daughter is extreme???? lol

  5. I am sending one to my son for his 1st Christmas!

  6. Oh' cool gift ideas! I am sure my nephew will gonna love this. I just wonder how much is it? Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. Looking forward for your next post. Keep posting!


  7. Recordable books what a unique idea.Looking forward for your next post.

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