I was surprised when I received this. I think of a clipboard having a readily available surface to clip papers but this has a cover with an elastic, which seemed somewhat awkward. I figured out how to make it as useful as possible to me: bend it backward and put the elastic around the back to hold the cover back there. It works but, to me, is somewhat disappointing. As far as recommending it, it depends on the friend. Some might really like it!
I was delighted with the quality of this product, especially the writing tablet paper. It will be great for writing letters or making long lists or taking notes in Bible study. It is light, easy to carry and very pretty.