Many people ask me whether there is a set formula for choosing the best tarot deck. The answer is "No, there isn't." This is a question that has often been discussed on tarot forums and boards by members of the American Tarot Association and other groups of readers. Some readers say that it must be one that was given to you. I couldn't disagree more. In fact, most tarot readers feel that the primary concern should be whether the deck is one which you personally enjoy using and one in which you find the art to be appealing. If those two desires are not met, then the deck may not communicate with you. Few readers today feel that it makes any difference whether you buy it yourself or someone gives it to you. What is much more important is whether you like the cards and "connect" with them.
I have been given two decks. I never read with them. They are just not "me"! Instead, I read with four others that I selected for myself.
Another person has not walked in your shoes nor been where you've been or seen the world through your eyes. How could they possibly select a tool to access YOUR intuition as well as you could? Let your intuition be your guide. It will never fail you.