Guest Books & Home Diaries

A friend gave us a guest book for our wedding, to document all that come through our apartment — whether for long-distance visits, dinner parties or impromptu get-togethers. It's an unique, non-scrapbooky way to record memories. You still have time to buy or make one for this year's Thanksgiving and start a new tradition.

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Our family has a history with guest books. We had one at our family's cabin on Puget Sound in Washington, and used it to record all the friends who traipsed through, as well as all the gatherings we held where we roasted s'mores, slept on the floor for lack of beds, and played epic bocce ball games. It's fun to look through the book and see who was in our lives and when.

This is also a great idea if you just got married and have a near-empty guest book from your wedding to fill.

• British Tan leather guest book, $94 from Crane & Co.

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