Okay, we know it's early to be suggesting a Father's Day gift, but this one shouldn't wait until June for the men in your life. We're talking about Notes for a Young Prince ($12 at amazon.com), which is filled with 124 pages of sweet, heartwarming advice written from a father's perspective to his sons. The title is not only adorable, it's also factual: It's authored by HSH Prince Alexi Lubomirski, a true aristocrat (his family dates back to the 10th century in Poland). Fashion photographer by day—he's shot everyone from Beyonce to Tina Fey to Sarah Jessica Parker and beyond—Lubomirski self-published this book to be a gift for his first son's first birthday. Several years later and now father to two sons, Luka and Leone, the single print run turned into something that's now available for all.
"I wanted to take the knowledge I learned in life and pass it on to my sons," says Lubomirski. "If anything happened to me, they would have this book. And even though they may not appreciate it so early in their lives at one year old or so, it's something momentous they could appreciate later."
Each piece of advice inside is illustrated with a delicate drawing. "It's scary because these are such personal messages and thoughts," he explains. "These are core values. It doesn't apply to yesterday, today or tomorrow. These values about being kind, spiritual, positive, respectful, and creative last forever."
One piece of "forever" advice he passes on is about being charitable: "Show appreciation for your blessings in life by blessing others with gifts of kindness," he writes. It's a lesson he also practices—100 percent of proceeds from the book will be donated to Concern Worldwide, which works to support those in the poorest countries in the world to escape poverty and hunger. "This book is about how to be a nice, good person," said Lubomirski. "It's only natural that all the proceeds go to charity."