This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you give books as gifts?
I do tend to default towards books and movies as gifts…those are typically the only things I want, and that’s what I think of giving too! I give my parents books for Christmas frequently, and my book club does a book white elephant swap every year. Another group of my friends also does a white elephant most years, and last year I brought a copy of Pratchett’s Hogfather to both exchanges. Well-received at both, because my friends are awesome.
Despite all that, my instinctive response is that books can actually be a very hard thing to give. Tastes are so particular! Predicting what book someone would like is more challenging than I think people often believe. (“Oh, you like fantasy, you will like any fantasy book!” And…no. Not really.)
I also think a downside to ebooks is that it removes the option of giving or loaning books to a friend. I mean, yes, there are ways to still do that with ebooks, but you can’t unwrap a digital book. And it’s more meaningful when a friend entrusts another with their own physical copy of a book.
Do you give books as gifts? Do you struggle with finding the right one for the right person?