Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
This week I’m musing about giving and receiving books as gifts–
Since I regularly buy books for myself and also borrow books from the library on a weekly basis, I don’t receive books as gifts anymore unless I ask for a specific title–I’m often told “You read all the time–I have NO IDEA what books you already have!” When I do ask for a gift book, it tends to be a book that I probably wouldn’t purchase on my own, such as a large “coffee table” style book, or a thick (expensive) hardcover.
If I need to buy a gift for a child, it’s going to be a book! I may add something else to the package, but every kid who knows me knows that they’ll be unwrapping a book on their birthday or any other gift-giving occasion! For some reason it’s easier for me to give books to children than to adults–and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because kids seem to be interested in so many things–I’m bound to find a book that matches what a particular child is into these days.
If I give a book as a present for an adult, I’ve first determined that the recipient is in fact a “book person.” And even then, I tend to purchase nonfiction, reference-type books that compliment the person’s hobby or interests, such as a cookbook or a gardening book. I also have a few go-to books that I’ll give as presents to fellow booklovers, once I’ve determined that they don’t already own them (you can check my post about my favorite “books about books” for my favorite go-to gifts in this area!).
I rarely buy novels as gifts for adults–everyone’s tastes are so different, and it’s so hard to judge what someone would enjoy when it comes to fiction—and the last thing I want to do is give someone a book that’s going to sit unread on a shelf. Or, worse yet, make the recipient feel guilty that the book wasn’t liked–or even opened. Books are for enjoyment, not for promoting feelings of guilt!
How about you? Do you like to give and/or receive books as gifts? Please share!