BTT: Gifting Books

Do you give books as gifts?

To everyone? Or only to select people?

How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

I sometimes give books as gifts.  I don’t want to give books to non-readers, unless it is really the PERFECT thing for them and they will actually enjoy it.  My mom is generally an easier one to buy for (although I’m not giving her a book this year), partly because she expresses interest in various books I review here, so I can always get one of them for her (because she’ll generally tell me if she’s gone out and bought one as well).  My husband is also relatively easy to buy for.  He isn’t a huge reader, so he doesn’t have set ways in which he chooses his books, but if you find him the right book, he’s all over it.  Last year I gave him “The Gospel According to the Simpsons” in his stocking and he has really enjoyed that.  If you are a child, there is a pretty decent chance you will get a book from me.  Younger children get Dr. Seuss, older get whatever I feel fits them.

I do like receiving books as gifts, but only if my gifter really knows my reading habit well, or if they have purchased a specific book from my wishlist.  I read a wide variety of things, but an uninformed buyer doesn’t always hit it on the head.  Gift cards are always appreciated, though.  B&N and Half Price Books are the best for me, since the Borders isn’t super convenient, but hey, I can make the trek for some books if necessary.

How do you feel about gifting and being gifted books?

14 comments to BTT: Gifting Books

  • Gift cards are nice for us bookish people! That way we are sure to get something we will enjoy!

  • lol I got a gift card last year for Christmas, and I went straight for the sale table at my favorite book store. I walked out with an armload of books. : – )

  • Elaine

    I LOVE getting books as presents. If someone doesn’t get it right, I’m happy to swap at Borders or re-gift to a “reader friend.”

  • When I owned a bookstore, I found out how many people give cookbooks as gifts. Is this a good idea, or could someone take receiving a cookbook the wrong way? As in, they need some help in that dept.

  • I totally agree with you! I’d much rather get a giftcard than have people buy books for me, but I’ll take books any way I can get them.

  • 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.

  • I’ve got everyone in my family well-trained: I end up with a very nice pile of gift certificates to Half Price Books each year. 😉

  • I love books as gifts. The gift usually reveals something the giver thinks about you if it was chosen with you in mind. I love giving books as gifts too. They open up so many worlds and experiences.

  • Gift cards are the best! The Simpsons one sounds good for my hubby.

  • I like it when someone from my family makes the effort to get me a book, because most of the time they don’t (I think they’re worried about getting me the wrong thing). Gift cards are great though.

  • I rarely get books as gifts unless it’s a photography book. I think people are scared to gift a fiction book because what if you already have it, read it, etc? Growing up we always got books at Christmas which I really appreciated. As for me, I hang my head in shame. No books being given out as gifts this year. Now movies, that’s totally different. We gift a lot of movies.

  • I love receiving books as gifts, but think gift cards to bookstores are better. Too often a person’s taste in books is very particular and hard to find just the right thing. I don’t mind getting books I already own or end up disliking, because I can always swap them for something else. Unfortunately though, I found out this offends my husband. He thinks I should keep every book that was a gift, even if I don’t like it / will never read it. What to do?

  • Gift cards are the best to give and to receive!

  • I wish you the best in this holiday season, full of joy and memories, and a healthy, bookish new year! Merry Christmas! :)