This cover is very good and not only will it protect your Kindle Fire but it's also very stylish, light weighted and functions well. It stands too so you don't have to hold it all the time. However, before you place your order, make sure you have the right Kindle model. This cover is designed for the New Kindle Fire HD 7" (released in late 2013), but NOT for the first Kindle Fire HD model. Amazon, as well as the manufacture of this case, really should clarify this point, because the buyers could buy it for a wrong model. Let me say this again: the first Kindle Fire HD and the new Kindle Fire HD have the same name and the same 7" in sizse, but not the same shape - the new model is wider aspect ratio, almost like the cinema screen. If your Kindle Fire HD 7" was released around the 2nd half of 2012 and early 2013, then I think your model is the first model, so this case won't fit.
It will make a good present if someone who you might want to give it to already has a New Kindle Fire HD, but even if he/she hasn't got one yet, you could still give him/her the Kindle AND this cover? This cover is a kind of 'leather' but not the real leather. It's soft plastic 'leather-like' material which feels nice. It's also called 'origami case' because you can fold it in a variety of ways and directions, so it will serve well in different places you put it on, I imagine.
This Kindle model is no longer for just reading e-books, but for many more functions, such as internet browsing, photo albums, checking the London Underground updates etc, so you don't want to damage it accidentally, so I highly recommend all the Kindle Fire users to use a good (but light) covers like this one.