A good inscription includes the name of the recipient and the name of the giver of the gift, along with the date the book was given. Inscriptions can range from excerpts from the book to inside jokes between friends and family.
A good inscription is a personal, detailed glimpse into a relationship. Avoid clichés and focus on the deeper message that is meant to be conveyed to the recipient. Ideally, an inscription is clearly written and placed either inside the cover or before the title page so that the text stands out.
Write with non-fading ink pens, which are available at craft stores.