Musing Mondays – Gift Certs

25May09


Do you give gift certificates to book stores as presents? If so, do you give for actual stores or online stores? Do you like to receive them yourself?

Nope, I don’t. Not normally, anyway. Most of the people for whom I need to buy presents don’t really like books. The couple who do… I find it much more personal to go and buy them a book myself, and write them a little note on the first page (with a pencil, before you accuse me of vandalizing books), as to the occasion, and why I think they’ll like the book. Or, it just might be a quote I really like. 

Yup, I do like receiving gift certificates as presents, or books themselves. When I was growing up, my birthday present from my parents was always book-related. I remember dropping hints from a month before, and continuously changing my list. My poor parents almost always got it right! 

My predominant issue with gift certificates is that I never know what a good sum to put on them is. And sometimes (depending on the recipient), it seems as though not enough thought has gone into it. As one of my friends says, I’d rather get a 5 quid present, which shows a personal touch, as opposed to something just for the sake of, like a gift certificate. It takes a book lover to appreciate just how personal gift certificates to book stores are.

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2 Responses to “Musing Mondays – Gift Certs”

  1. 1 Elena

    We share a lot of opinions on this matter, I love writing notes to the giftee in the books, and I agree with the somewhat non-personal nature of gift certificates, although I would put this in the same vein as giving somebody cash.

  2. 2 Marie

    I think you’re right that book lovers are the best recipients for GCs to book stores- I know I LOVE getting them, and giving them too sometimes- to the right people! :-)


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