With it being December and all, I decided to make this week’s discussion a li’l bit more festive, just to get us into the Christmas spirit even more.
So with us here being bookworms, it’s probably no surprise to us if we get books as a gift. It’s the go to option and we love them.
But do you give books as a gift…and if you do, how do you choose which ones?
Personally, I think giving books as gifts is such a wonderful thing to do. Of course, I’m completely bias towards them. But you have to admit, the perks are there.
1. It’s a book. It’s great.
2. You can find a book for any age & personality.
3. There’s some gorgeous editions of books out there that somehow look more gifty than a normal book.
4. They’re easy to wrap
5. You can buy them your favourite and watch as they slowly fall in love too and you can fangirl forevermore (or, alternatively, watch as they don’t actually like it and feel like you’re burning internally. But we’ll forget that option).
But then of course there’s the…downsides, so to speak.
1. Not everybody likes books and it might just end up sitting around lonely.
2. They might not like the book.
3. They might already have the book.
4. WHICH BOOK DO YOU GET THEM THERE’S LITERALLY MILLIONS OUT THERE HOW DO I CHOOSE?!?
It’s a hard thing to balance, let’s be honest.
Yes, I do. Every single year I find myself giving books to somebody as a gift. Though really, that’s because quite a few of my friends DO like reading. This year I actually have quite a large pile of books waiting to be wrapped, because I went a bit overboard and got people multiple books. BECAUSE WHY NOT?
Y’know, apart from all the reasons listed above. Shhhh.
HOWEVER. Like I just said, I give books because the people I buy for like books. I know quite a lot of people don’t have friends who like reading as much as we all do here, so even though the option is there, often enough it’s not really the best idea.
This is actually the difficult part.
You have a friend/family member who likes books…but what to get them? There so many choices out there, and somehow you have to choose one they’re going to like. And haven’t already read. Plus there’s the risk that if you get a book they’ve mentioned wanting before, someone else will get it them too. And if you’re wanting to keep it a surprise, the best you can do is guess.
HOW DO YOU EVEN?!?
Really, I don’t bother guessing anymore. I’ve worked out a system sort of thing between my friends. I’ll try to explain it best I can.
Basically, what I do is get the person to write a list of 5 books they want. Once they’ve written this list, they’re not allowed to buy them for themselves or tell anyone else they want them. Then from this list, I’ll choose however many I want to buy – it’s usually 2 or 3. That way, I’ll get books they actually want, and they still don’t know which ones they’re getting, so it remains a surprise.
Although to be honest we all end up telling each other anyway because we get confused at who’s buying what, so nevermind. But the theory works, I assure you.
So now it’s your part!
Do you give books as gifts? Is there someone who you give books to every year?
Do you think they’re a good idea for a gift, or does it depend on the person?
How do you choose which books to get? Do you guess? Listen out for things they mention? Or just ask them what they want?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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