Giving gifts: ever consider a book?

@katkat (2379)
Philippines
April 12, 2009 7:18am CST
I love to read books but I don't expect everyone to share the same inclination as mine. But I tried to encourage people by giving books as a gift especially to a friend. I prefer book because I have a hard time looking for gifts that they would like and I have to admit I'm not really good at it. Scouring shelves for books with their interest doesn't bother me at all. Fortunately they liked it. Have you tried it or still hesitating do you've been wanting to?
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42 responses
@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
12 Apr 09
I do actually. it's easier for me to shop for books than other stuffs. I in turn also love accepting books as gift.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
I always marvel why it is easier for me to shop for books than clothes or accessories. I also received a book from a friend: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I love it and keep on reading till this day.
• Somalia
14 Apr 09
I have read that book as well, and also given one as gift to a friend. I'm also a terrible clothes shopper.. lol! But I find it easier to shop for books or shoes.
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
13 Apr 09
I used to be in our Secret Sister program at church, and they would always make us fill out this sheet with our interests and hobbies on it, and whoever was our secret sister would get a copy of that sheet so she would know what we liked and didn't like. We had to put down our favorite authors on it or our favorite book. It was hard tho because you didn't know what books she already had, which ones she already read, if you bought one you just had to hope she didn't have it already. I know I ended up getting three of the same book, I just took them to the bookstore and traded them in for ones I haven't read yet. It is hard tho..
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
It's a great way to have new books. You're quite lucky that you have that kind of program. But getting three of the same books, not that quite lucky though. But at least you're involved in a group who share the same interest as yours.
@csrobins (1125)
• United States
13 Apr 09
Within my family books are a very acceptable and sought after gift...but outside of it it is just considered weird. I think of all these great books I want my friends to enjoy as much as I have and I think will fit their personality so well but I refrain myself because That's not what they want. The closest thing I have ever given in a while that was a book was a guiness worl records book to my boyfriend
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
I often times refrain from doing so. But if you really care for the person why not include a note or a letter just thanking them for a certain reason. Sometimes we forgot to say thank you maybe it's the best time for it.
@jav_1218 (12)
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
I love books and i really appreciate if someone will give me a gift like that! I have a lot of books although im not able to read them all, but i love BOOKS!!!
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
I've also bought books that I haven't read but I've skimmed a few pages. When I find the time for it I would really hit the couch and read it till I dropped.
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
13 Apr 09
That's funny you mentioned books as a gift because last December I got a free book in the mail and didn't know what to do with it, I certainly wasn't going to read it as it wasn't anything I was interested in. It was a nice book, it was black with gold lettering and it was called: The Book of Mormon. A few days later we had a gift exchange for our office Christmas party and there is a woman there I don't care much for, so instead of wasting money on her, I wrapped up the book and gave it to her. Well I was very surprised when she opened it and let out a very happy WOW! She came running over to me and hugged me and said: How the heck did you know I was wanting that very book? She said she's been looking all over for that book but had no luck, her daughter just married a man who was Mormon and wanted to learn all about them. Now how odd was that? I guess giving her a (book) as a Christmas gift really paid off!
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
A really well defined and manifested serendipity. That's really a peculiar story. What is a trash to one could be a treasure to others. A free book in the mail, how I wish I would have one who knows someone would also love it. I guess we shouldn't really waste things especially books.
@vivianchen (2648)
• China
13 Apr 09
Hello, Katkat, i think this is a good idea! Thank you. I will consider to send someone a book as a gift. Good books can do they good. Brilliant idea! But i will be care, because some of my friends don't like readling much. And one question for you Katkat, do you pick the books you like to read or do you pick whatever the person like? If you don't know what kind of book they like, how would you choose the book? Any criteria?
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
I chose the book they would like to read which is based from their interest or books they've been wanting to have. If I chose book base on my preference their is a chance that it will just collect dust on the bookshelves or be given to someone else. You really have to know the person and listen well to their stories they might reveal hint as they relate it.
@hphyre (40)
• United States
13 Apr 09
I think books make great gifts, or if nothing else a gift card to a book store. I choose books based off of their interests, books I've heard good reviews about, an author I know my friend reads, or even a book that I've heard my friend speak about. If you and your friend share similar literary tastes, you could always borrow it and read it after they're done with it as well ;)
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
We do actually borrow books from each other but since we seldom meet I just send them e-books that I've chanced upon the internet.
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
i have a cousin who gives me books all the time and I just love it, but maybe that's because I have a deep passion for reading. i'm not sure if somebody who doesnt really like to read would appreciate that.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
But if you really know the person too well, you might just have the luck. They would appreciate it since you really take the time to scour the bookstore. And it means that your paying attention and listening to them.
@zerohour (16)
• United States
13 Apr 09
I haven't ever given a book as a gift before because I don't think that have interests in reading as much as me.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
You should try sometime, it is worth taking the risk. But you really have to get to know the person before you head to a bookstore or order online.
@gemini_rose (16193)
12 Apr 09
Yes I do consider books for gifts in fact I bought my mum a couple of books for her birthday recently. I was really stuck on what to get for her, and I know that she shares my passion of reading so I treated her to a couple of latest books. The best part is that after she reads them she will pass them to me anyway so I will get to read them too.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
Nice strategy. I haven't tried giving books to my mom. I am sure that she certainly like to have a new Bible. She's still using the old Bible that I've seen since I was a kid. She does encourage me to read the Bible but most of the time I prefer inspirational books since it is much easier to understand.
@sammyspam (374)
• Australia
12 Apr 09
Books are wonderful gifts. My godmother has given me a book on every single one of my birthdays, reading is a great way to increase your knowledge and spend some alone time.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
I seldom see my godmother because they've been living overseas. Now that I'm also a godmother maybe I should try giving one, I am just hesitant to give it to kids since they prefer online games and gadgets. But this is a good way to encourage them.
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Hi Katkat! I think you are not alone in giving books as gifts! I come from a family of readers, and around any holiday, you can always find me in a bookstore picking out gift cards and books for people I know! Usually I do give a gift certificate because I think people like to pick out their own books. I know I do! It is the best when I get a gift card to Borders! Have a wonderful day!
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
Really! You give gift certificate so that they could buy books that they want. Can I have one? Just kidding. That's a good idea, but I doubt if they would use it to buy books. Well I'll just give it to our fellow bibliophile.
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I often give books as presents - I always give one book in particular for baby showers - Love you forever.
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
Ohhh...i did! But not as a gift for adults, rather as a gifts for kids. Books is considerably a nice gifts for youngsters. Books with music, nice pictures, coloring pages, alphabets, numbers and more are fun for kids. With this as gifts for kids is a sure hit. I myself is not really fond of reading but i do enjoy reading and joining my nephews and nieces on the book activities. Happy mylotting!
• United States
16 Apr 09
I love giving gifts. And I really like giving gifts to my friends who like books. They are the easiest to buy for. It's a little predictable (if you are my friend) but for weddings I usually give a guided journal like The Story of Us so the newlyweds can have something to look back on when they are older that reminds them of how they met, what kinds of people they were when they were married. It's also a great gift for them to give to their children after it's finished. And for baby showers I like to give collections of fairy tales. It kind of depends on the parents but sometimes I will give them well known stories like Grimm's Fairy Tales and other times I'll find a more obscure lesser-known collection. Or sometimes I'll put together a collection of more modern children's books like the Little Golden Books (if you look in the right place you can still find them with the gold binding and stiff cardboard covers).
@fran429 (503)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Hello Katkat, I dont normally give books as a gift. HOWEVER, I NEVER hesitate in giving a barnes & noble or Borders giftcard as a gift! If someone gave me a bookstore gift card I'd be in HEAVEN! I LOVE books!!!!!! I did give my brother a whole series by my favorite author in hopes of getting him to read it... as far as I know he still hasn't read it tho...
@rocketsky (1014)
• China
14 Apr 09
I often give books to my friends and relatives and my students too. i think it is the most meaningful gift to them . we should try to give them something that is worth giving i think .
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I often give books as gifts especially to children. Kids get more than enough toys and developing a love for literature is an invaluable thing that can impact the rest of their lives.
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 09
no.i never give any my friend a book as gift because they not a book reader..usually i give perfume or bear as present..
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
13 Apr 09
i have given books as gifts. i think u have to know the person well to do that. i love getting books as a gift. they are so expensive i don't buy them for myself much.