I actually have not been given all that many books as gifts, although I have been given LOTS of giftcards to bookstores. There have been a few great ones though.
When I was in perhaps second grade, I received a book from my aunt for Christmas. It was a picture book called The Big Book for Peace and was an anthology covering topics from homelessness to Japanese-American internment to childhood squabbles. It is a book I still treasure.
When I graduated high school, I was given two different Dr. Seuss books by two different people. My parents gave me the graduation classic Oh the Places You’ll Go and my Sunday School teacher gave me a new copy of my favorite Dr. Seuss book of all time, The Butter Battle Book. The Butter Battle Book goes along quite well with The Big Book for Peace, since it is an allegory of the ridiculousness of the Cold War and the arms race.
Possibly the last book I was given as a gift was given to me by my now-husband. We had been dating a very short time when he gave me a copy of The Professor and the Madman. He already knew me well enough to know that I loved to read and loved words and thereby deduced that I would find a book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary to be interesting. It was quite a thoughtful gift and a good indication of what was to come.
What memorable book-gifts have you been given?