Giving a bonsai as gift is like helping a blind man to cross the street.....against his will.
(Just imagine the scene: the blind man is kicking and screaming, and you are trying to keep up the appearance that you are being helpful, looking around and smiling to the onlookers - this is about the same as giving bonsai as a gift).
I voted maybe, but I have on occasion, but I was just about asked for them, thats why I keep rooting cuttings. At some point I don't want them all so, hmmm give em away, club events, at work, or gifts to someone that does the club a favor etc.
The Japanese give bonsai as gifts all the time. Like our presidents and country leaders of other sorts. Thats an extreme example but what I really want to say is...i would only give one as a gift if I knew the person was experienced. Meaning a gift from one experienced artist to another.
Actually it would be the Japanese equivalent of offering the complete "Golden Ladies" DVD set or a box of depends to someone... bonsai is mostly an old rich fart hobby over there. It is usually labeled "jijikusai" (grandpa smell) by most people under retirement age.
Personally I wouldn't give the gift of bonsai unless I knew the persons were interested and able to keep the tree alive.
I picked no. There would be some cases where I would pick yes but they weren't listed as options.
1. A fellow Bonsai friend.
2. Someone who totally understands the commitement involved and was willing to take classes and/or instruction.
3. Poison Ivy Bonsai to an Ex. With instructions to trim daily.