mother's day gift ideas: hallmark recordable books

April 28, 2011

Hallmark Mother's Day DIG5608 Hallmark Exclusive Grandma & Me Recordable Conversation Book
Yesterday, the girls and I went to Walmart to pick up some items and stopped by the children's book section just to see what was on the shelves.

I found one copy of this recordable book--have you seen these yet? It looked fun, but there was no price tag, no bar code to scan, and no other copies available to see if there was a price somewhere. I looked for a label on the shelves, but still couldn't find a price.

So I took it to the register and asked for a price check.

10 minutes later, a sales associate came to say that she could not find any price listed or any other books either, so she let me have it for $6.99.

Now I had no idea what it was supposed to cost, but I was pretty sure that $6.99 was a good deal. So I bought it.

Turns out it was a great deal! These seem to run between $20 and $30 dollars, so I'm pretty happy I waited around with a fussy baby and hyper preschooler while she was hunting down the price. (Yes, I was THAT lady.)

The book is called Grandma and Me and it is part of Hallmark's "A Conversation to Keep" series.

It provides prompts for you to ask your child and then it records their responses in an audio file. You can then give the book as a gift and the recipient can listen to what your child had to say about him or her.

Last night, Juliet and I had so much fun recording her stories and messages for her grandma. We laughed as we listened back to it and I know my mom is going to love it.

(Don't worry--she doesn't read my blog, so I'm not ruining any surprises.)
Hallmark Mother's Day DIG5607 Hallmark Exclusive Mom & Me Recordable Conversation Book
I loved hearing her little voice play back so much that I'm going to ask Ben to get me the Mom & Me Recordable Conversation Book. (He does read my blog, so this is me asking!)

This will be something we can have fun listening to for years to come. Of course, you could always do something like this on your own just using a video camera or even typing up your child's responses. (Kind of like this interview I did with Juliet a few years ago.)
Hallmark Recordable Book Guess How Much I Love YouHallmark "All The Ways I Love You" Recordable BookHallmark KOB9007 My Little Princess Recordable Book
I also noticed that there are several different recordable books available. I think the idea is that you get a loved one to read the story, record themselves, and you give it to your child who can then hear their voice read to them even if they live far away. I like this idea, too. Might be a good gift for Juliet for Christmas.

Do you have any experiences with these recordable books? Which do you recommend?

8 comments:

Christina said...

We got the Night Before Christmas from the Grandparents this year. We couldn't be together, so they sent it to the kids. It was great hearing them read it to us even though we couldn't be together. The kid absolutely loved it and they were ages 7, 8 and 14 at the time. So I definitely recommend ANY recordable book!

silly eagle books said...

Ohh, that sounds like a fun one to have in a recorded version! What a great gift. It's good to hear that older kids love these, too! Thanks for sharing, Christina. :)

Ana Degenaar said...

I've been dreaming of getting new books for miss emma. She'd love this.

RashiAtMemetales said...

I never heard of recordable books but really excited to buy for mother's day gift. I think its the best gift for moms if they are far away. Thanks for sharing Vanessa!

Christina said...

I plan on getting some for my husband to record for my boys. He is not here for bedtime stories so I think it will be a sweet way for the boys to connect with him.

Bitterroot Mama said...

My dad got my daughter My Grandpa and Me for Christmas. She loves to hear him read it to her, even though I think it's supposed to be the other way around. These little books are great, but make sure you have enough light around when you're playing and recording them. They are sensitive to light.

silly eagle books said...

We listened to this one again today and now Juliet wants to keep it for herself! :) Of course, we will be sending it on, but we'll have fun with the one she makes for me.

Thanks for the tip about the light! I had no idea.

Amanda Kay said...

We recently bought "All the Ways I Love You" to record for my boys. I admit it's been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now. Maybe this inspired me to actually record my silly sounding voice for my kids to hear! lol.

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