What’s your idea of the perfect gift? Well, a book, of course! I mean, we’re all readers, so what could be more perfect?
But which book? And is this occasion the right one for that particular book? Might the recipient already own it? What about a gift certificate to a favorite book store – or is that too generic?
And of course I’m joking about a book always being the perfect gift. Sometimes we might like – well, how about chocolate, champagne, a diamond bracelet, a new car, a trip to Europe? Am I getting too ambitious? Well, maybe not if it’s a really significant birthday, anniversary, or other special event. It all depends, doesn’t it? It depends on so many things.
I think the most important thing about a gift is that the giver puts thought into it. The best gifts don’t have to cost much, or even any, money. If someone cleaned my house, that would make me much happier than a fancy dinner out!
Gifts are on my mind because of an email I received this week. It’s not the first time I’ve received one of these, and I just love them. It’s from the husband or boyfriend who’s looking for a thoughtful gift for the lady in his life. She’s a reader. She likes a particular author’s books. And so the guy thinks, maybe he could get her some personalized stuff, like autographed bookplates and bookmarks. He looks for the author’s email or website, and gets in touch to make the request.
I love sending out that stuff! I love everything about it: that the woman enjoys my books, that her guy cares enough about her to think up a special gift, and that I can help bring her pleasure on her special day.
One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a book on writing, back when I was a legal editor and had never thought of writing fiction. That book caught my imagination, ignited my passion, and launched my new career.
What kind of gifts are the most meaningful to you? What are the best ones you’ve received, or given? What would you most like to get for your next birthday?