Ever racked your brain as to what to give to someone on a special day or a particular occasion? Here’s a simple and fast answer: books. Useful gifts are a rarity nowadays. The books you present would be useful any day to the person. Whether it is a cookbook, travelogue, fiction, biography or any of the hundred other available genres: it is always useful in some way or the other. It could prove as a good stress buster, entertainer, gyan-provider, etc.
Let me give you the top nine reasons why books make the ideal gifts, from the perspective of both the receiver and the giver of the gift.
- Your gift will be useful.
- Your gift will never be repetitive.
- Your gift will surely be enjoyed and valued.
- Your gift will never go out of fashion.
- Your gift has a good shelf value (no expiry date), and thus the chances of the occasion being remembered forever is pretty high.
- You have so many options to choose from: fiction/non fiction, illustrated/non-illustrated, signed/unsigned, old/new, classics/contemporary, hardbound/paperback/ebook, first editions/manuscripts (if the person is a fond collector).
- It is available for all age groups.
- It meets all interest requirements.
- You are giving them a whole new world to experience.
If the person you gift a book to is a seasoned reader, they are bound to enjoy it. If you are scared that the person isn’t much of a reader, don’t be! As J. K. Rowling puts it:
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
If they are new to reading, the book you gift might be the starting point in their life to becoming an avid reader. Books are bound to be one’s best friends as soon as one gets hooked to the reading habit. And how does one get hooked to it? Only by reading more.
Book series such as Nancy Drew, Famous Five, Hardy Boys, Malory Towers and Amelia Jane are really good gifts to kids of the age range seven to twelve. For the teenagers, any book of Agatha Christie, Robin Cook, Rick Riordan or novels like Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings would be a definitely successful gift. But teenage is also the right age to start reading Classics and taking the reading to a next level. So, gifting simpler books of Charles Dickens, Bernard Shaw, any of the Children’s classics like Secret Garden, Heidi, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, would make ideal classic reads for the younger teens. For those in the later stages of teens, one could also explore books of Dan Brown, The Bourne series, The Day of The Jackal, The Godfather, The Book Thief and such books. Also, books of R K Narayan and P G Wodehouse would be highly enjoyed by any age group starting from the teens. For those who love humour, a Wodehouse book is enough to make their day. Books from other genres like Science Fiction (try Ender series by Orson Scott Card, the Foundation Saga by Isaac Asimov and any H G Wells book) and non-fiction, under which there are a hundred other sub genres to choose from, make great gifts.
Finally, to wrap up it up, books make a person develop in an all rounded manner. It widens perspective, enhances creativity, installs belief and makes a person more tolerant to various ideas. It teaches you to think and act cogently. Books teach you a variety of life lessons, and you encounter all sorts of people and learn from the mistakes of characters. Now, when you gift a book, you are adding value to the person you gift, which is why books make the ideal gifts.
What do you think? Feel free to comment.