Firstly, you have to recognize that people will come to a forum for help with a problem they have, so the sample here will necessarily be biased in favor of those with issues.
After that, there are people like me, who want to improve what they've gotten or just keep up with the latest rumors/news.
I have two TouchPads in my house - a 32GB I have had since July 15th, and a 16GB I got on firesale weekend for my daughter.
My 32GB hasn't given me any real trouble. I have the speaker crack thing, but that doesn't really faze me. I also had to figure out a wifi connection issue with my router. I also have it overclocked with a few patches (which I did only because I like playing with such things). My daughter's 16GB is stock other than the 3.0.2 update. Neither one has any lag issues or is noticeably slower than any other tablet I've tried (we play with the iPad2 regularly, as my daughter really wanted one).
Some of the good things - there are a lot of quality games out there, my daughter's found some real intersting/entertaining ones (even some that still run in the emulator). Totemo, Sparkle, Robotek, Aftermath, 3D Pool Master, Gangstar, Tanked, Topple Ball Mini, and EvaDots are just a few. I like the X-Plane series of flight simulators and the first-person shooters. She's currently hooked on Audiophile HD, we just transferred some of her music last night and she's been playing around with that a bit.
As far as web surfing, email, and general computing tasks the TouchPad can't be beat for the price (and I would argue performs respectably even at its launch price). I could see my tablet being very useful for work (indeed, it already is), and if we make the move to cloud-based desktops I'm hopeful it will be able to replace my laptop.
The user interface is the best mobile interface bar none. It's just plain intuitive, not like the multi-fingered nonsense you have to use with iOS. I also like the cleanliness and basic organization of webOS. I hate the iOS/Android clutter on their home screens.
Anyway, since you're wondering about giving them as gifts, you need to consider who will receive them. I certainly wouldn't buy one for a demanding power-user, but if its someone looking for a portable email/web/ereader device, it'll be perfect for them.