The gifting poll 2017

The gifting poll 2017

No doubt about it: I love to give books as gifts! I also love to get them. 🙂

When I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I saw lots of people buying books for gifts. That certainly intensified for the end of the year holidays, but it did happen throughout the year. There were some occasions that upped the sales: Mothers’ Day (more so than Fathers’ Day) and graduation time were two. However, people frequently asked about what books would make gifts for others throughout the year…they were popular for birthday gifts, for one thing.

The holidays weren’t like they were when I managed a game store, where 80% of our sales could happen in the last six weeks or so of the year (and the first week of the next year…exchanges and gift cards).

It was still important, though! While “serious readers” buy books at any time, I would bet that most books are bought by people who don’t read a book a week…and yes, often as gifts.

So, I thought I’d do a poll, and I hope to repeat it in future years for comparison. Perhaps it will become as popular as that other holiday poll…the Festivus Pole. Oh, wait, that’s spelled differently. 😉

This poll has several questions, and when in doubt, go with what you think the spirit of the question is. 🙂 For example, don’t get hung up on whether your gift-giving event this time of the year is a holiday that counts or not, or a holiday at all. I’d say any annual event that happens in the last two months of the year (and the first week or so of the next year) counts…birthdays, anniversaries, and so on.

Giving e-books and other books

Getting e-books and other books

Giving other related gifts

Getting other related gifts

Other questions

Do you have other comments about giving/getting books as gifts? Are there other questions you think I should have asked? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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3 Responses to “The gifting poll 2017”

  1. Man in the Middle Says:

    Our family agreed to restrict our gifts only to children this year, and that was every bit as fun as when we all exchanged gifts. We still buy lots of stuff for each other informally, but no longer specifically at Christmas, and only what we KNOW the recipient will want. As we age, we are also steadily reducing the amount of physical “stuff” we keep around, but still getting any books of interest on Kindle that we actually have time and interest to read. We also upgraded our readers this year, again to work better with aging eyes.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Man!

      That’s how we do it on my Significant Other’s side of of the family…no gifts for adults. On my side, everybody gets gifts. 🙂

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