Gift-giving: do you remove the price tags?

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
November 30, 2008 2:06pm CST
I remember when I was a kid that my parents (and myself too when I began using my money to shop) always removed or blacked out the price or price tags on items if at all possible. Do you do this before wrapping and/or giving gifts to people? I STILL try to do this because I don't particularly like everybody knowing that perhaps I found something at a very good deal, like 50% or more off the original price, that it was clearance, or that I did indeed bite the bullet and purchase it for $298! Do you think it's important for gift recipients to focus on the joy of the gift itself or do you want them to know how much you did or did not spend in order to get it for them?
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
1 Dec 08
Every time. I would never give a gift with a price tag unless it is a book as they often have the rrp printed on them and there is nothing you can do about that. I never want any one to know how much or how little I paid for a gift. I was taught to never discuss money with anyone and never let any one know this as it detracts from the gift.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
You know, that is true about books. I think my parents use to black out the price on books, as I love books so I have received many as gifts over the years.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
I used to blank out the price but then I decided it was a waste of time as it is just a recommended price not the actual retail price. Besides these days I buy my book presents online and have the shop wrap it and mail it to my brothers as they are so far away.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
30 Nov 08
My parents always did the same thing and I do as well. I don't like to share with the gift recipient how much I spent on them. Some people may think you spent too much or not enough. Some times if you leave the price on they may think you are showing off how much you have spent. I think that the price spent on the gift is not as important as the thought behind the gift.
• China
1 Dec 08
yes,giving a gift to someone,the thought you have is the most important.Good friend will focus on the thought you have not the price of the gift,I believe.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I always think it's about the thoughtfulness of the gift and the love of the person giving it, not the cost. I can definitely say though for some people to even give a gift or card at ALL comes at a price, and it is really really special to get a gift from someone whom you know had a hard time being able to give you anything at all. That is truly testament to a friendship.
@luoke1 (377)
• China
30 Nov 08
I for one person would remove the price tag,if I had wanted them to know the price,then I would better give the money or a gift card.If the reciver think it's necessary to know the price of a gift,then they might as well check it out at the store... Just my thought.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
That's true, during a secret gift giving campaign, a friend of mine said she had seen her recipient looking at a store and noticing the cost of a gift SHE gave her lol. I do always remove the tags, not necessarily the clothing or item tags but the price yes.
@luoke1 (377)
• China
14 Dec 08
I think that's the way it's meant to be...I guess for her going to the store to check the price shows that she appreciate the gift.
• Netherlands
30 Nov 08
I always remove the price tags. I don't think that the person who receive my gift needs to know how much a gift costs. In our familie we have deceided to give gifts with a max price. That is fair I think. When you find a pressent that is much cheaper becaurse it's on sale the person who is the receiver is just lucky I think. I always ask in the shop if it's oke becaurse your not always allowd to do this when you want the person has to bring it back to the store when he or she already has it.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I do ask for gift receipts occasionally and then include it with the card that goes with the gift, or in the gift box or bag. The receipts do not list the price, just the SKU number and item so if someone needs to return or exchange, they are able to do so without trouble.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
1 Dec 08
Yes we always remove the price tags off any gifts that we buy. Whatever gifts we give to our family and friends are well within our budget at the time we but the item. The recipient might know the monetary value of the gift but that does not mean they need to whether we actually spend $1-00 or $100-00 on them. As you say there are times when we can but something which has been substantially reduced on sale. That means someone could easily get something worth $200-00 but we have in fact only spent $100-00. We believe that all gifts should be given and received in the context that they are given. That is a special gift which has been especially chosen for a special event or occassion. A gift is in the joy of giving or receiving and has nothing to do with the cost ior value of the item. If what we spend on any particular gift is so important then the person does not deserve to receive anything at all. We have discussed in the past what we woiuld do if we bought something the recipient already had etc. We decided that, if by some strange chance the person already had the item or it was the wrong colour/size, then we would offer to return the item and exhchange it for something suitable. In fact I can only think ofone person who has ever left the price tags on things that they gave as gifts. That was my ex-wife's grandmother. She intentionally used to leave the price tags on because she said people should know the amount of money that she had spent on them. But then she was a really strange woman about so many things. lol
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
She SOUNDS like a strange woman lol. There have been a few times in my life that I have given someone a gift they already had or received also from another person. I do try to find out what might be appropriate (or what someone does not already have) by digging around or asking a family member (like a child's mom or dad) but even doing that doesn't always work. My daughter received a game she already had but I kept both, that way when she inevitably loses pieces from one of them, we have another!
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
Yes she is very strange and supposedly this woman still has all her faculties even though she is now 89. But she was only in her in her 50's when I first met her and she did it even then so canot blame age. When it comes to children and games, it can be a good thing to keep the "extra" one if given as a gift as pieces do tend to get lost. At least with the spare game it can still be played and that is important particularly if is one that they really like.
@munhozmib (3853)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
1 Dec 08
Hello, mommyboo. I do remove the price tag, from every gift that I buy. Nobody will never know the price of what I give them. Unless they search it for themselves. But I think it is rude to show the price tag. Why? Just to be able to say that you have spend x dollars on the gift? Just to impress the person? Nah, I'm used to removing the price tag. My mother also does it, and so does my father. So I guess I just learned with them. Since they all remove the price tag, I will keep the habit. Respectfully, Munhozmib.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
1 Dec 08
I agree. I think it is rude as well. I was brought up to never let any one know what a gift cost. I cannot believe people actually leave the tag on deliberately. That is so rude and would not stay a friend of mine for long.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
Yes, that is bizarre, isn't it? I don't see anything that would impress about leaving a price tag on, although I do know people who try to one-up each other by doing that.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
1 Dec 08
Yup, I would remove the price tags; we have been doing these for quite a while. The recipients of the gifts seldom ask about the prices, but if they do, I'd tell them. However I am not too keen about having the prices still stuck on the presents for all to see!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
I don't mind giving a RANGE if someone asks, but I prefer to keep that information to myself, know what I mean? I don't think it's important how much it cost, what's important is how much the person likes the gift. I don't ask people how much something cost unless I get the feeling they spent too much and shouldn't have.
• India
1 Dec 08
hiiii....ya i do remove the price tags ....but its ridiculous why we do this because gifts are given out of affection and money dont have any role in this....but still i feel removing tags is needed more than not because there are people who see the gifts given from the cost point of view and they don't think of the loads of affection that is there in it........
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
You know, I gripe about items in stores that are not marked with a price because it makes it hard to decide what to buy if you don't know, but then it causes THIS problem with price tags all over everything. I don't honestly think that many people look at the cost aspect, some do but are those the people we truly enjoy giving to?
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
1 Dec 08
To me, how much a gift costs is immaterial to the receiver. What truly matters is how much thought went in to decide what the gift should be for that person. For that reason, I never leave the price tag on the gift before I give it away. What's more important is how the receiver values and appreciates what he/she receives, and that determines how much the gift is really worth. You can spend $400 on buying a gift, and if the receiver opens it and expresses disappointment with what's inside, then that gift is devalued straightaway. Even letting the person know that the gift costs $400 won't increase its worth once it is devalued.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
So very true! I try to find things that someone would like, that way I know that the time spent making/buying/finding the gift was worth it.
• United States
1 Dec 08
I always remove price tags/black out the prices. I'll leave UPC codes on if I think there's ANY chance they'll need to return it, but I just think that Christmas should be about appreciating the thoughts and the gifts rather then thinking about how much someone spent on you! I even took the prices off my 1 year old daughter's Christmas presents and she has no clue about money yet! Occasionally I get presents from people with the price tags still on and it just makes me feel awkward. I don't want to think/know how much they spent. I'd rather just appreciate that they thought of me around the holidays at all. But it's kind of hard to think that way when the price tag is staring you in the face!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
Some of them may have been mistakes. I know people who don't care and don't think about a price tag, and if I know this about them, then I'm not offended.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Hi mommyboo! I think that it is rude for someone to even think about what the price might be that a gift cost! So of course I take the price tags off! Especially if it happens to be an article of clothing that might not fit! Then I keep the tags in case it needs to be returned. But, basically I don't buy clothes for anyone because I don't want to have them return it! I try to buy gifts that are right for the person I am intending it for so there won't be any returning and no wondering about the price! Except for my bf, he always wants to the know the price of everything!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
Ahhh, boyfriends! I get clothes sometimes but only for family - like jammies or whatever or clothes for my daughter. Some things anybody might appreciate, such as a sweatshirt or hoodie, or a hat (if you're into things like that) but as far as like special clothing items, no.
@jedimind (200)
• Singapore
1 Dec 08
i think majority of people would take off the price tag before wrapping the gift and giving it to someone else. i know i would. i like the reasons you gave. Even if the present was worth hundreds of dollars, i would still not let the recipient know about the price. When you give someone about the present, it's about the thought and the gift. I should not be about the price.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
People usually will have an idea of what it might have cost based on what it is... I mean if someone buys you a CAR you know it wasn't 10 bucks. At the same time, if you really wanted a new Ipod or a pair of running shoes, you likely have an idea of what that set the person back as well. If all you wanted was a candy cane, I guess that could also be figured out if you cared enough to search.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Personally, I always try to remember to remove the Tags from stuff I get people as gifts as I do not think it is necessary for people to know the price you paid for something, or where you might have bought it from for that matter as well. Why should it make such a Big deal if you get a gift that someone paid $25 for, and you might have only paid $5 for theirs. Personally, too much is put on gifts I think. It should always be the thought that counts the most as well.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Dec 08
It looks like you're in good company since most responders (and me) agree that it's the thought that counts.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
1 Dec 08
Well, as I rule I take the price tag out. Gifts shouldn't be about price but the joy of receiving them - or giving them. I think long time ago when things were different I didn't want it to be shown that I used to spend too much on the gifts. Now it's the opposite, I have to really find that clearance sale LOL Regardless I think it is in good taste to take out the price tag, and I still do it.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Well since you never know whether someone will be bothered by what you spent or didn't spend, it's safer overall to remove the tag. A lot of people will say they don't care but sometimes I think even those people care.
• United States
1 Dec 08
I definitely remove the price tags! I don't want people to know if I got things on sale or not.. that's for me and my checkbook to know! Ha! But really, it doesn't matter the price but for some people if they see the price of your gift they might think you didn't care because you didn't spend too much.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Because of the economic climate, I have done a little extra digging to compare prices and find good deals. If you find a great deal on an item - say if you just went down to x store and purchased it because it was easy and fast, you might spend full price - but if you took the time to search and compare, you could get the SAME item for 50% of that cost or less, then I say the extra time invested is worth it. It could be the same item, same specs, same manufacturer, same everything but at a fraction of the cost. I think this is wise shopping and that if the gift is something the person you are giving it to wants, then it doesn't matter what you spent on it.
• Lubbock, Texas
30 Nov 08
Definitely remove the price tag. Leaving it on just isn't done, for whatever reason. I would be horribly offended to receive a gift with a price tag on it. It would either say to me "you're not worth much", or "This is what I think of you. How much do you think of me?" I don't care how much or how little a person spends on me. It is the thought that counts and to be quite honest I'd just as soon receive a hand made gift as a bought one.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
If I ever gave you a gift I guess I'd have to be careful to make sure I removed the tag lol! I really do not aim to offend anybody, but I also don't just give generic gifts either . Part of the fun of shopping for a gift or giving a gift is how well you know a person and what you think they will enjoy and appreciate. I love to see people open gifts just for that reaction.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I would say depending on the price, if its pretty expensive then I would leave the price tag on the gift but if its pretty cheap then I would take it off since I dont want anyone saying of how cheap I am for not spending a lot of money on them which is probally true lol.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
LOL! Maybe it would depend on the recipient too, right? Another thing for consideration is that the value to a person does not always match up with what you spent on it. If it's just what someone wanted or wished for, it probably doesn't matter what it cost, whether it was $1 or a couple thousand. Of course I would probably not be too thrilled if someone spent a lot on something they could have shopped smarter for, know what I mean?
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
30 Nov 08
Of course I remove the price tags. Just for the fact that I do not think that it matters how much I have paid for everyone's gifts. I do not expect expensive gifts from anyone but to me it does not matter if they bought me a gift for a dollar.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Some of the sweetest most meaningful gifts I have received in my life either didn't cost at all or weren't much. Some things have cost a lot too, but I can't really put a price on the value to me.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I always try to remove the price tag. The giving of a gift should be more important than the price. Getting a gift for someone says you care about that person. Keeping the price tag on, to me, says you're trying to impress.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I'm sure I have missed a tag on occasion but it was overlooked, not left on there on purpose!
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I always remove the prices from gifts, no matter the occasion or who the gift is for. The important thing is that they got a gift, it shouldn't matter what I paid for it or where I got the gift
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Exactly! I do sometimes get gift receipts and include them with the package, depending on who it was for.