As a general rule you should never give a bonsai as a gift. You do not unless you know for a fact that the person who will take care of the tree is capable of caring for it.
My mother...lol do you know where this is going? My mother’s boss turned 60 this year. She wanted to give her boss a bonsai for her birthday. My mother swore that she would take care of it as her boss is notorious for killing plants. I said OK and gave her a good looking Chinese elm to present.
Four months later my mom brought me this:
The amazing thing is that a new growth has popped out from the base of the tree. We’ll see where this goes.