Would you buy a cheap Christmas gift for your best friend?

Lithuania
December 17, 2008 8:44am CST
Does the price of your gift show how much you appreciate your friendship?I remember I was given a ceramic pig for Christmas.When I took that thing in my hand I thought:"Oh my God..Do I look so poor or stupid that I get such gifts?".What do you think?Does a cheap gift dissapoint you too?
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@Porcospino (17873)
• Denmark
18 Dec 08
I appreciate all gift including the cheap ones. If I receive a cheap gift, I could see that as a sign that I am not very important to that person and that they bought a cheap and meaningless gift because they felt obliged to buy something and just choose the first thing they saw, but I don't know if that is the truth. Maybe the person bought a cheap gift because (s)he can't afford to buy an expensive gift, maybe the person is not good at buying gifts or maybe there is another reason that I don't know of.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Understandably people are broke around the holidays, especially this year. I think any gift should be appreciated. However!... My in laws are famous for cheap gifts and their gifts are always awful too. It's like to go and get the worst possible thing for the money they want to spend. I tell ya, if they plan on only spending $5, there are plenty of things my kids would appreciate for that money. Action figures and barbies don't cost that much anymore. But they spend the money on something that is cheaply made and breaks within hours of using it. Like last year they bought my oldest son a knock off PSP that honestly cost them $5, and it was horrible. It wouldn't play any actual games and I believe it broke within 5 minutes of my son opening the gift. He was extremely disappointed, and would have been happier with a nerf football which would have cost them the same amount of money.
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@littleowl (7157)
17 Dec 08
To me it doesn't nowadays you can buy some lovely cheap presents and they are lovely to give to people..if I receive one it means just as much to me as an expensive one..to me it is always the thought that counts more than anything as the giver has actually thought of you to give the gift to..that means a lot...littleowl
• Lithuania
17 Dec 08
I've got the most expensive gift in mylot - a friend who always here with good intentions.You.Thanks.:)
@littleowl (7157)
17 Dec 08
thank you silvercoin that is so kind of you to say that blessings littleowl
@harivanam (122)
18 Dec 08
Hi silver, i don't buy the gift at all on the eve of christmas.From the childhood i did not get any gift on christmas and now, i don't buy any gift for anyone.I just wish on this festival and join friends in the party and celebrate.. nothing more than this.. I think i am only one like this and if there are anybody like me let me see,,,
• Lithuania
18 Dec 08
Wow, that's something new.And I understand your choice,harivanam.
@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
17 Dec 08
Hi silvercoin. For me is the intention that worth. I know some people that always give expensive gifts but aren't true friends for someone. So what you prefer? a true friend and cheap gift or false friend and expensive gift? I stay with a true friend. For me the true friendship is already a gift and no need any more. And if you give me a ceramic pig I will love it because I like pigs I think they are very sympatheticals animals. In the past I received cheap gifts like toilet soap from a friend that was in bad situation. In this time I always give to him, as a gift, money because I think that he would do best use of it. And I never looked with bad eyes his gifts because I knew that for him, in this time, those gifts were expensives. So I always valued his gifts much more than anothers expensives gifts. Have a nice day.
• Lithuania
17 Dec 08
In my case it was false a friend with a cheap gift.You know, a gift tells me something about friend's inner qualities.Maybe a should use another word instead of "cheap".Don't know which exactly, but when I think about gift I'm going to buy, I see my friend's house, books, things she/he likes and I choose something that really fits his/her taste and lifestyle.And if I have enough money, I buy the best gift possible.So, I expect the same from them.
@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
Course not...its the thought that counts. May it be a cheap gift or the most expensive one that you've received...it doesn't matter, what matters is that the person remembered you.
• Lithuania
17 Dec 08
The thought.I must add a few details.I was given a gift which had no price:my cousin's daughter came on my lap,put her hands around my neck, kissed me and said:"Merry Christmas.I love you".Just like that.A child said it from the very heart,she touched me like a little angel.She did it with love. And my dear friend just bought that stupid pig on the way home because he was too lazy to look for better choice. If a gift is given without love, it's not a good gift. If the gift is cheap because you are avaricious, it's not a good gift. I give the best for the best.That's why it feel bad not getting the same in return.Thank you.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
18 Dec 08
it all depends, the gift maybe cheap in price but of use to me, I would just think probably my friend is financially hard up at that time but still she tried to give me something. Should she is well to do however, I may felt bad a little for sometime but keep it for myself, maybe disappointed a little too.
@roxanne271 (2035)
• Trinidad And Tobago
18 Dec 08
It is definitely the thought that counts. It may not e something to your liking or it may be cheap but sometimes those small things have big meanings behind it. I don't know much about pigs, but it is said that if someone gives you the gift of an elephant with the trunk up in the air then that brings the receiver good luck. It is said to only work when someone gives the elephant as a gift and not if you buy it for yourself. The trunk must be up in the air as well. So if someone bought me an extremely cheap gift...it could be that it had a significant meaning behind it or with the credit crunch these days, maybe the person wanted to get you something and could not afford more than that. You can't be so selfish to think it was cheap and the person was lazy. Be grateful that the person still wanted to get you something even though s/he might have been tight on finances.
@sanju69 (51)
• India
18 Dec 08
Hi Silvercoin. I think gifts are something that should be cherised for life not the price. It is the thought and intention of the person who has given it to you.
@tia_sweet (154)
• India
18 Dec 08
Of course not because friendship is not defined by the price of gift but the feelings of the person behind it...the gift presented to you could be something associated to good luck....so don't be ever dissappointed with that
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
Not really. It does not mean that if you buy cheap gifts then you don't really appreciate your friendship with your friend. It is based on what's really on your heart when you give a gift to your friend or someone. Remember, giving is really loving. The point there is you give. Right? Don't think about if he/she likes it or not. Actually, on your friends point of view, he/she will really appreciate it.:)
@arauf487 (19)
• India
17 Dec 08
really the price does not matters, the price could be from a little small watch to a very big car it depend on the person but i strongly believes that if the emotions and feelings of the person towards the gift is true then even if you give a greeting card to him he would holeheartedly accept but if your feelings behind the gift is not true then even if you give him a car he would not be happy with that so i strongly believe that it is not the gift which matters but the emotions behind it matters the most..
@andezurc (20)
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
Believe in the saying that "it's the thought that still counts". In friendship, cost of the gift is non-issue at all.