filipino friday is a weekly meme that the filipino book bloggers hold to discuss book-related things. the discussions range from comfort reads, to caring for books in the philippine weather, and even to more serious things like what filipino book bloggers would like to communicate to local publishers.
last time, kenneth of philippine genre stories held a discussion on plagiarism over at his blog for filipino friday. this week, as the host of filipino friday 19, i was thinking of going lighter, and a little bit in season.
since the christmas season is now upon us, i want to know: what kind of books, or what books in particular, do you gift to friends who aren’t big readers, but are interested in picking up reading as a hobby? do you gift books based on your taste, or the giftee’s? what are your rules/guidelines in giving books as christmas presents?
i love giving books as gifts–but most of my friends are readers, so i don’t really have an answer for my own first question. but reader-friends present a different challenge, i think. there’s the question of whether or not your friend already has a copy of the book you want to give as a gift.
since i read most everything, i pick a book from a genre that my giftee doesn’t normally read. for example, if my friend is a big fan of children’s fiction, i would take note if there’s a recurring theme in the children’s fiction books she reads. and then i would pick a title from the books i’ve already read and liked that i think she’d like. i’m not a fan of giving book-gifts that i haven’t read yet, since i wouldn’t be able to tell if my giftee would like it or not.
and then, there’s the easier route: if a friend of mine is eagerly awaiting a book, which i can afford, i would just tell him/her that i’m buying it for her as a christmas present. so what if the surprise is gone, right? at least you know you’re giving him/her something you know he/she will like.
so what about you guys? what are your do’s and don’ts for giving books as gifts?