I'm all about buying cheap books for DS- with my own money- but as a gift for another baby, I'm going to buy a higher quality book.
And I still would get a card because I don't like the idea of writing inside of a book that doesn't belong to my child.
I totally agree with this. I have some dollar store board books and from the Target dollar bin (and they've lasted through 3 kids). I also have some that I just really liked...usually gave at birthday, Easter, Christmas, etc...but not always. I know I've spent up to $18 on a board book...especially the "touchy- feely" ones. Some have flaps...but we are very careful with those.