Booking Through Thursday – Gifts
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 used to give a lot of books as gifts, but then I started encountering people not liking the book, or not having time for it, so I’ve basically stopped at this point. The only exception is if they put a specific book on their gift list, then I’m happy to buy it for them. Reading is a very subjective thing, so I find it easier to suggest a book to someone rather than outright give it to them. I’ll often reach for a book related gift card instead of a book itself.
Receiving books is another hard thing for me. I have a gigantic TBR list, but I’ve learned the hard way that I don’t necessarily want to own all those books. Not only do I not have room for them, but sometimes I end up reading one and it’s just such crap that I’m glad I don’t own it and can return it to the library. There are some authors that I will buy their work without even reading a review of the book, but even that’s difficult because I almost always preorder a book if it’s by someone I’m very fond of.
I’ve also reached a point in my life that I don’t love gift exchanges in general. I know I’m very difficult to buy for, and I know several people who are the same way, so I prefer to just take people to a nice dinner instead of having a big gift exchange. I’m one of those people who really wants to get just the right thing for someone, and I often end up stressing myself out over it when it really should be something enjoyable. So yeah, I try to talk people into not exchanging gifts with me, lol.