Dec 18, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Book Giving


Do you give books as gifts?
To everyone? Or only to select people?
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

I do give books to a few people as gifts. However, I wish I could give books to everyone - mainly because I want them to love the stories as much as I do. There are certain books that I think certain people in my life would really enjoy if they would take the time to read, but many of them simply are not readers. I could so easily match someone's personality with a book that I think they'd enjoy, but if they're not into reading, it would just sit and collect dust. So I end up getting them something I know they would use or appreciate more. I do have a select few people that I buy books for and those are the gifts I enjoy giving the most.

As far as receiving books - I'M ALL FOR IT! I don't know any avid reader who doesn't LOVE getting books as gifts! There are so many books I'd love to read and I love it when someone surprises me with a book! My mother teases that she never has a problem wondering what to get me because there's always a book I'm talking about. I also love book store gift cards! After using a gift card, I always let the person who gave it to me know what book I chose and how much I am looking forward to reading it. I think it lets them know how much I love their gift, even though they didn't actually pick it out.

When giving books as gifts, do you actually pick out a book or do you give a gift card so they can choose their own?

6 comments:

Beth F said...

Depends on the person -- book or gift card. I usually ask for a gift receipt to slip into the book so the recipient can exchange if he or she wants to. I'd rather someone have the book she wants than the one I picked out for her.

shelburns said...

I love getting gift cards for books too!

Smilingsal said...

I like the gift cards, but best of all is having a book to HOLD.

mattviews said...

I'm spending a lot of time matching books to their recipients, especially those who don't read much. I believe there is a book for everybody. Books are very personal gifts.

I’m a “piece of work” in terms of recipient of books. Over the years my friends have cringed from giving me books for my birthday owing to my eclectic taste. They also keep in mind that I’ve probably read some of the books they want to give me. Books do make perfect gifts, but by their very nature, books can also be a problem as tokens of affection. The delay factor is huge. Some books get a one-way ticket back to the used bookstore.

dawn said...

It's so nice to let the person who gave you a gift card know what you used it for!

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Dar said...

I always want people to love books and reading as much as I do also. I have such a hard time understanding how somebody can't like to read. Anyhow, I love getting gift cards for books and I do the same, I let them know what I bought with it.