Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's Meme Week! Booking Through Thursday- Buying Books as Gifts

It’s my Dad’s birthday today, which makes me wonder … do you like to give books as gifts?
I’m usually torn. I love giving and sharing books, but it can be hard. The giftee can be difficult to please, or you don’t know what they’ve read (or what they thought of books they have read). Even people who love to read and love to get books can be hard to gift books to … so, does that make you pause and reach for the neckties or DVDs or sweaters … anything BUT a book at gift-giving time? How do you feel about getting books yourself? Are you picky or easy? (For the record, I’m told I’m VERY hard to buy for, even though I’ll read just about anything … go figure.)

I like giving books as gifts. This past Christmas just about everyone got books as gifts, even people who aren't big readers. People like my husband, who are avid readers, are easy to buy for of course. But the great thing about buying books is there's something for everyone. You can give beautiful cookbooks, coffee table books, craft books and more- puzzles, games, home improvement, photography, fashion, art, the list goes on. There's so much to choose from!

I'm easy to buy for because I keep detailed wishlists so there's no guessing. Otherwise I'd probably be very tricky to buy for only because I buy so much for myself. I work  in a wonderful independent bookstore where employees get a generous discount, so I have little incentive to wait! And in fact I'd rather buy books for myself, since it's cheaper that way. But I do keep a wishlist at a sister independent bookstore, and once a year we give a little business to it.

Update: I gave The New Yorker Book of Dogs to a relative whose reading habits I don't know, but I figured she'd like it because she loves dogs. I got the sweetest thank you note in the history of thank you notes from her today! Books make a great gift, guys! Don't be afraid to give a book!

More Booking Through Thursday here.