Monday, May 25, 2009

Musing Mondays-- Gift Certificates

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

To be completely honest, I only have one "real life" friend who likes to read and since I already pass along most of the books I've read to her, I don't give her books as gifts. She's not quite as book obsessed as I, so it would be overkill. The only family that I have is through my husband, Denis, and they all live in England. I used to drive myself nuts trying to think of what to buy them and then run myself down into the ground trying to get everything packaged just so, all the forms filled out, and off in the mail for a timely arrival at the other end. Gift certificates make life so much easier. I can order and send them through Amazon, and I know that they'll get things that they want with very little hassle.

People who give me gifts are just now beginning to twig that gift certificates are the way to go. They all know that I'm a bookaholic, but they have no idea which books to buy for me. My best friend up in Washington knows that my favorite bookstore is the Poisoned Pen. One Christmas he bought a gift certificate through them and had it sent to me. I was so touched that I had tears in my eyes!

As far as I'm concerned, receiving bookstore gift certificates is just like someone giving me a forklift and the keys to Fort Knox!

A big Thank You to Rebecca of Just One More Page for hosting this meme. To see other responses to this question, click on the Musing Mondays logo at the top of this post. See you next week!


  1. I LOVE your analogy "receiving bookstore gift certificates is just like someone giving me a forklift and the keys to Fort Knox!" -- You are absolutely right!! There is nothing I like better than a gift certificate to a bookstore - either online or bricks and mortar. It is the gift that keeps on giving, as far as I am concerned.

  2. Molly--I have to admit that particular phrase makes me smile. You should see how my eyes light up when someone gives me a bookstore gift certificate!

  3. Haha, I have to agree with Molly, the Fort Nox comment was hilarious :)

  4. awwww... very nice!! :-) Reading this made me smile this morning.


  5. Thanks, Rebecca!

    Mike--I thought it might, you sweet thang you!


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