I've never given one, and I probably never will unless someone asks me for one. Some people just don't like fish or don't want to care for one. It doesn't help that all my friends are in college, so dorm rooms and apartments generally are not conducive to more than one or two tanks/ bowls anyway.
I don't think I'd want to get one as a gift, unless they let me pick it out. I'd be pretty upset if someone just gave me one without asking. Mostly because of the dorm room thing, and it doesn't help that next year I'm doing a post-bacc (which is a non-degree program at the graduate level that lasts for a year), and don't want to deal with more than I have to in transport, especially since it's not very permanent. Plus, I love to pick them based on their personalities in the store. That's why I'd also never buy a fish that I didn't meet first (i.e., online).
Despair is for people who know beyond any doubt what the future is going to be… In that case, there is always hope. ~Dr. Patrick Curry
Ophelia (Petunia), white with specks of violet on fins F
Merlin, navy with orange fins tipped in navy VT M
Gareth, orange dalmatian VT M
Lancelot, blue/ green VT M (RIP)