Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Sydney is betting a few carefully chosen words will be enough to pick out the perfect gift.
The store started wrapping staff-selected books in brown paper, handwriting a few key words on the front and calling them Blind Date Books.
Customers can buy the book either for themselves or as a present and store manager Melanie Prosser said it encouraged people to move outside their literary comfort zone.
“People have such a hard time choosing what to read and you do tend to judge a book on what you see, so this takes all the choice out of it,” she said.
“You get a few words to base your decision on and it gives you a chance to try something new instead of going for what you know.”
Ms Prosser said the store had a rush on the Blind Date Books for one particularly good reason.
“It’s great as a gift because it takes away all the blame,” she said. “You can say ‘I got you this and if you don’t like it, it’s not my fault.’”
Customer Jessica Baker, visiting Sydney from Perth, said she would be delighted to receive one of the books at any time of year and would consider buying them as a gift for someone else.
“I think it’s a good idea, especially for those people you’re not sure what to get for,” she said.
“If you know they’re into reading then it’s great because it saves you having to pick things for them. It’s not something I’ve seen before.”
Ms Prosser said there were occasions where staff could guess the books from the clues and added that she had broadened her own tastes with Blind Date Books.
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