If it is your friend birthday... Do you buy a gift or do you make it?

@terrych (1227)
United States
September 30, 2007 10:51am CST
When it is my friends birthday I want them to feel special, so I try to make something for them, in some cases to cook or bake something I know they like... or if I am going to buy a gift get something that makes them to feel special, something that they see and realized that I was thinking of them when I bouth it...something that show them how much I care for them... What about you? How you do it?
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
30 Sep 07
well with alot of my friends i have made them something,i always find it that way it is more special and it came from my heart.i will make their cards on the computer with the hall mark i have on there,then i like to make little crafts or even bake them their favorite cakes or something.to me its always nicer that way,and you pour your heart into whatever you make them.but i will also buy them a gift too for a extra.have a great day.hugs.pattie
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
30 Sep 07
Yeah, I agree with you... and also the good thing about if you make a gift there is not going to be another give same as yours! I like to be original... anyway sometime is hard... And also to make something help you with those friends that you know they have the money to have anything they want...
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• United States
30 Sep 07
you are so right on that.im glad you feel the same way.originality is the best.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
30 Sep 07
Yeah be original is the best, because they feel special, but also I feel special... I love it! Thanks for being around!
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• Philippines
8 Oct 07
Hi, well good for you! In my case, I just buy a gift which I think may suits to her/him. I have come to think also of making my own gifts for them, but I just cannot figure out if they will like it or not. So I do prefer to buy a gift rather than making it by my own self. Have a nice day and God speed!
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
9 Oct 07
Thanks for your answer... I think that you should try to do it one time and see how it works... bake some cookies, a pie? give it a try!!
• India
4 Oct 07
i would do any thing that makes them feel good, some times this sometimes that.lol. smiles, apple.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
4 Oct 07
mmm... good to know... so be ready mine is in april!! Have a wonderful day!!
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
2 Oct 07
It really depend on my friend.On of them I know, she would not really like somthing hand-made, so I would just buy something for her, or just gave her a gift card.But the other friend I think would like something hand-made, so I will bace somethng for her or made some decoration to her apartman.You are right hand-made gifts are very special, but not just for everybody.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
2 Oct 07
Yes hand made gifts are not for everybody, my point was to give something that I know my friend really like...
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
1 Oct 07
I usually get ambitious and do both. I try to bake a birthday cake, or make a special lunch for my friend. And I go out and buy some special little something that I know she's been wanting, and I try to add a little bouquet of flowers as well, money permitting. I like my friend to feel special on her special day.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
1 Oct 07
I agree with you... thanks for your answer
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@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
4 Oct 07
hi.. it depends really on my schedule... if i have extra time, then i will make their gifts, if not, rush to their favorite stores and grab something.... :-)
@terrych (1227)
• United States
5 Oct 07
well that is also a good option... if you do not have time, and you know what they like...
• Philippines
6 Oct 07
yes... definitely... what do you usually create for your friends? me? i do prepare frozen desserts:-D
@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
I made cakes, sometimes favorite food, chocolates... all kind of sweet, it depends for who is the gift
@Arshian (478)
• Pakistan
5 Oct 07
iw ill prefer to spend that day with my pal :)
@terrych (1227)
• United States
5 Oct 07
That is a great gift, really good answer!
@Arshian (478)
• Pakistan
5 Oct 07
thankss PAL :)
@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
You are welcom my friend!
@joshboz (1209)
• Australia
9 Oct 07
as for me i prefer to buy a gift. but besides from the gift i greet him personally via text messages(sms) or send a card to him by surprise. its really good to greet a friend especiall on his birthday.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
9 Oct 07
I agree with you if you make your friend to feel special that day... It is all you need!
• Philippines
9 Oct 07
It is alright to bring gifts to a friend celebrating a birthday. However, it is to be emphasized that when a friend invited you for a birthday party it is not expected that you bring something in return. If it is a potluck birthday party than bring something. What is important is to greet your friend and let your friend realize that he/she is important to you by remembering this important milestone date. A simple text messages or a telephone call is alright. However, if you want to treat your friend (assuming that you have more money) to a lunch or dinner then it is well appreciated. The best thing that you can give to your friend is to pray for his continuing good health and good fortune. And as a reminder, do not expect your friend that when it is your birthday, your friend must also bake cake or give you something in return. If your friend forgot your birthday, just think that your friend must have been too busy and him or her forgetting your birthday is not intentional. In thst case you can text or call your friend saying " Friend have you forgotten, it is my birthday "
@terrych (1227)
• United States
9 Oct 07
Hi... I agree with you, it not necesary to bring a gift for a birthday... but where I am from, it is a tradition... so I do it anyway... It does not matter how much it cost, it is about the attention you give, and the love you put in the present, if there is any... a hug can be enough!
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
9 Oct 07
hi terry! it depends. i used to make gifts, cards, or bake something for friends. and i would do the wrapping artistically myself. however, since i became too busy, i would rather buy stuff, but i make sure that i am getting the right thing for them by praying first. it is such a blessing when your gift is appreciated and can find use to the receiver. :-)
@terrych (1227)
• United States
9 Oct 07
I know always depends... I believe, even if you buy something thinking on your fried you can get something special, as they are for you...
@chocoboo (82)
• Singapore
9 Oct 07
I used to make gifts myself... Now I think I will just buy them..
@terrych (1227)
• United States
9 Oct 07
Why did you change?
• Philippines
8 Oct 07
Im not creative , i just buy.. but i assure that she/ he will like it.. usually i choose a gift that everytime he looks or use it, he remembers me
@terrych (1227)
• United States
9 Oct 07
Believe or not, you also have to be creative to buy a gift, specially of you want that person remember you whe he or she use it!
@poohgal (6847)
• Singapore
6 Oct 07
Hello there. When i was younger, i used to make gifts for my friends. I've made cross stitch, muffins, cookies, jig saw puzzles and etc for my friends before. However, as i grow older, i realize i do not have as much time to make gifts for all my friends. Now, I only make gifts for special friends. =D
@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
Yeah, well when I was younger I used to make more gifts for my friend... but getting older and getting busy... any way I always try to do ot get something special for my friends...
@nyumix (1659)
• Belgium
6 Oct 07
Since I like to bake a cake, I think for me it is more easy o make or bake a cake for him or her. And I will do it as a surprise for my friend. I guess they will like my present.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
If you do it for me, I will love it!
@hassanah (387)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 07
I always bought gift for my best friend.I always bought her music box.Sometimes i bought her perfume as gift.But I also bought my family a gift too.I will not forget them too.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
I guess as far as you remember, and make them feel special... it is great! Thanks for your answer!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
5 Oct 07
Bragi--My handmade teddy bear  - photo of a handmade teddy bear I made
Since I do a number of crafts, I like to make my own gifts for people, and not just on their birthdays...during the holidays I like to make gift baskets as well...something nice and festive and each is a virtual work of art cause I put lot of time into it....I even make my own gift to myself for my birthday..something that has meaning for me..I happen to make up teddy bears in a native American style, the bears are pre-made...But last year I decided to make my own bear from scratch. Years and years ago, I had gotten a Teddy Bear making kit, and it sat in my closet just collecting dust, so last year for my birthday gift to myself I decided to finally make it...I love it and hope to make more to sell sometime or give as gifts to others on their birthdays...Here's a photo of him...His name is Bragi, and completely hand-stitched..even the little vest I made for him...he now keeps me company on my bed--uh...along with my two cats..LOL Oh--as a ps...I love to bake too...as christmas presents I often make my cranberry walnut bread...
@terrych (1227)
• United States
5 Oct 07
wow... sounds really good, it is great that you have time to make gifts for your friends for their birthdays and also for holidays... lucky them... and about Bragi, he is so cute, good job! The biggest gift I make for myself on my birthday it is organize a party with my friends!
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
4 Oct 07
I think something homemade is extra special and if you have the time to do it, I think the homemade gifts are best. I had a friend once who was a very busy lady with work and her family schedule and helping her hubby with an extra job, so for her b'day I baked a lasagna and had I think salad and bread and a dessert, she loved it, and a nice card too.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
4 Oct 07
I agree with you... specially if they are mede with love!