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Top 3 tips for picking the perfect book gift

With exponential advances in smartphones, tablets and e-readers, e-books are now a popular reading standard in this digital age. However, there is still something about the feel of an old-fashioned paper book that excites people and makes for the perfect gift for a loved one. Books can be a very personal gift: they show that you care, and that you have put in special thought for someone’s birthday, anniversary, and so on.

However, picking the perfect book for someone is a tricky business. So tricky that a common solution is to avoid it altogether and just slip a Dymocks gift voucher into a card. So, should you choose to brave the bookstore shelves in search of something to get the bookworm in your life, here are some tips to remember:

1. Know Your Genres
If you’re thinking about buying a book for someone, it’s more likely than not that you know what they like to read. Whether it is science fiction, fantasy, crime, autobiographies, or all of the above, you should at least know what genre is best. In other words, it would be silly to buy the latest John Green release for your wife if she’s obsessed with good old-fashioned Vintage Classics. Just stick with what they like, and you’ll even find that it helps with narrowing down with sections of the bookstore you’ll need to peruse before finding the perfect book.

2. Booksellers Are Your Friends
Walking into a bookstore can be a daunting experience for some. Trying to pinpoint the one title out of thousands that would be just right can seem almost impossible. But never fear! It’s important to stay clear-headed and patient at all times. And don’t forget that you can actually seek help from your friendly bookstore employee... who would have thought! Whether you’re shopping at Dymocks or the local bookstore, the employees are *surprise surprise* there to help you pick the perfect book. They are surrounded by books all day every day, and they know what’s out there better than you probably ever will. For example, if you tell them you’re shopping for your boyfriend who loves historical fiction, they’ll know the right questions to ask, and can take your knowledge of what he’s read lately and turn it into recommendations for what he’ll want to read next. So don’t be shy; speak to the experts!

3. Don’t Use This As A Chance To Give Recommendations
Sometimes it’s hard to accept that your best friend loves Edward Cullen and is obsessed with stories involving moody vampires. So you decide, out of the kindness of your heart, to intervene and correct their taste. We all think our own taste is best (it’s our taste, after all), but people like what they like. No use trying to change that! Sometimes you love a book so much you just want everyone to read it. But that is not an excuse to buy 20 copies and give one to every person on your list. Don’t be that pushy person trying to impose your tastes on everyone else.

Now that you have read the above list, you should feel safe to go forth and buy your loved one a book that says “This really made me think of you”. Happy shopping!