Booking Through Thursday asks: "do you like to give books as gifts?"
I've always thought that books make wonderful gifts, but there are just so many problems involved: Will the giftee have already read this one? Is it the right genre? Do they prefer fiction? Nonfiction? Paperbacks? Hardcover? Have they sworn off print-on-paper in favor of all e-books all the time?
I do give gift cards for books: from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or local book shops (or Borders before they went boom). Especially for the children on my gift lists -- I think it's really more fun to let them choose the books for themselves, anyway.
So, while I do like to give books as gifts, I hardly ever do it.