When my son was a baby and just learning to talk, I made him a board book with pictures of his family members along with their names below the pictures. It included pictures of my son as well, because children love seeing themselves--how cool to see yourself in a board book! We have family far away so it was very successful in keeping them in our son's life. We still carry it in his diaper bag wherever we go.
I am also working on a book for him based on a poem I wrote for him entitled, "A Mother's Promise" and will give it to him at Christmas. (if I can get it done in time!) I also plan on creating an ABC book for him that has personalized pages for the ABCs. Some will be of our favorite places, people and things.
These are all fairly inexpensive and easy to do, and mean so much to your children for years and years. Children love the personal touches, don't we all? It creates nostalgia and a family heirloom in something as simple as a book. You don't even have to be an artist or great writer! All you need is the thought, some time, and an internet connection. I've used these websites:
www.pintsizeproductions.com <--custom board books
There are many more out there! Just use your search engine to find what you want and create a book for your children! They are our babies, after all, right?