Books make the best gifts


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I was in Chapters yesterday when it finally hit me: Books are the best gifts to give for almost any occasion. I think I actually stumbled upon this revelation a while ago, but never even realized it. The past few gifts that I've given out to friends have all been books and I think each one of them really appreciated it.

Just think about the criteria for a good gift:

  1. a surprise
  2. personal
  3. something they'll use

The book hits 1 and 2 pretty readily. Personally, I always have difficulty thinking of what somebody would want as a present, except when it's REALLY obvious (bags, games, that kind of thing). But knowing what kind of book somebody would like isn't that difficult, since books are already super specialized already and you don't need special knowledge of the niche to pick out a good book. If someone I know is into fishing, I can try to get them fishing gear which would be a huge pain since I know very little about fishing, or I can get them a great book about fishing which is very easy to find. So you don't have to ASK them what they want, and that's how you get the surprise + personal aspect.

Almost everybody reads, so if you get someone a book that they're actually interested in, there's a pretty good chance that they'll sit down and take the time to read it. Again, one of the worst things is giving someone a present and then they never make use of it, that sucks!

And of course, they're economical. You don't have to break the bank, though there is a pretty wide variety of prices, you can get a paperback for less than $10 or you can get some signed special edition for a few hundred. But when you start getting into the expensive territory it's probably better to move away from the book area, unless they're a librarian.

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I love getting books as gifts. This is especially true because I read a lot so it's nice not to have to spend the money on a book from time to time. The added bonus is that I always find it fun/interesting to see what people think I would like.
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True, books are a good gift especially if you tailor your choice to the recipient. However (surprise, surprise), I wouldn't say they are the *perfect* gift. 1) What if you recipient isn't an avid reader? 2) What if you make the wrong choice? (don't buy me this for example) 3) it's sort of cliché: "Oh, you got me a book....again. Uh, thanks. I'll put this next to my tie collection"

I think this is the perfect gift.

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I LOVE BOOKS! So yes, books are the best gifts.

For me though, I like collecting certain rare books, and it's always cool if I come across them. The only problem is that they're quite expensive. But then again, I like reading modern books. I recently read "The Nanny Diaries" which I found was really funny! I'm also a big fan of the Laurie R. King books on Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes. As well, you can't miss out on HARRY POTTER!! :)

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July 17th should be an international holiday... Make that the 16th as well so people can wait in line. Just make sure you plug your ears in case of any drive by spoiling.

The last 5 seconds are the best!
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I agree books are good for all ages.  I love to buy and give books especially from vintage/used bookstores.  For those that aren't avid readers of hard/soft cover books, a subscription to a magazine that fits there interest may be a second best choice-it has pictures! 

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I ABSOLUTELY hate people who do stuff like "drive by spoiling" especially when it comes to the Harry Potter books. HONESTLY! Don't these people have better things to do than spoil the book for other people?

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I think they slot it in between killing kittens and pushing over homeless people.
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You should try BookCrossing.com

It's a way to really put your money where your mouth is when it comes to sharing with others your joy of reading books.

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