Games + Books

Games + Books

It’s no secret that kids adore exploring their imaginations and playing games, but teens and adults love joining in too. From cards to dominoes, board games are popular party favorites. And, whether you’re relaxing with your family or having some friends over for food and fun, a group game night is a huge hit. Mark and Graham is here to help you out with personalized games and books that appeal to all ages – and some great ideas for unforgettable entertaining.


At family get-togethers, children, parents and grandparents have tons of fun around the kitchen table or stretching their legs in the backyard. Show off a little bit of family pride with a personalized game set. Display your family name for all to see while playing classics like chess, checkers, backgammon, dominoes or dice. With a collection, it’s easy to get at the action indoors or outside, especially if cousins or grandkids pop in unexpectedly.


Playing cards offer virtually endless possibilities for games. There are simple card games that keep kids enthralled for hours, like go fish, crazy eights, slapjack and more. And then you have adult favorites like canasta, pinochle, gin rummy and hearts. They’re great opportunities for tricks, trumps, subterfuge, laughter and lots of fond memories with close friends. And everyone has a secret poker aficionado inside. Many poker players prefer to have their own deck. With personalized designs, everyone’s a winner! Monogrammed playing cards are an awesome gift for any of your Friday night poker buddies or bridge club members.


A journal is a thoughtful present and something that’s nice to have for yourself too. Putting your ideas down in writing helps you come up with clear solutions and innovations. A journal also lets you express your emotions, which is a great stress reliever. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to record the parts of your day you want to remember. And when something especially important happens, like the day you propose to your lifelong love, it’s nice to have a keepsake to look back on years later. A high-quality leather bound journal with your name engraved on the cover is sophisticated and thoughtful.


Scrapbooks and photo albums are similar to journals but a little more meant to be seen. When guests come over to visit, a family album fills them in on the most treasured details of your life. It’s also a great way to remember your happiest moments when you feel like you need a pick-me-up. A personalized scrapbook makes a good wedding or engagement present where the couple can store professional photos, an informal love note, movie theater ticket stubs and whatever else reminds them of the things that made them fall in love. Engrave the pair’s names or their new monogram for a special touch.


If you’re picking out a gift for a co-worker or graduate, focus on their interests. If you know that your boss has a penchant for hitting the golf course, for example, a book related to golf history or technique makes a nice addition to his office library or as a desk accent piece. A monogrammed putting set lets him get in some practice in between phone calls too. A recent graduate with a flair for mixing drinks might like a barman’s guide to popular cocktails. A leather bound cookbook is a great inspiration for blossoming chefs.


Are you trying to think of something just right for a baby shower? There are tons of possibilities for both mom and baby, but one idea is to give them the newborn’s first bedtime story book. Personalize it with the baby’s name or a playful phrase. It’s a tender present the proud parents can treasure for a long time – especially if it becomes their baby’s favorite book.

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