If someone will give you a christmas gift, will you do the same for him?

@jlamela (4906)
Philippines
December 15, 2008 10:04pm CST
I did not expect that this friend of mine will give me a christmas present, now I am confused if I will buy a gift for him too?is it really an obligation to give back a gift for a friend?
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@meticulo (1286)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I believe that giving gifts is not an obligation to do specially if you're given first. Because if it is the case, it will be called an exchange gift. Personally I love giving gifts to people who can't afford to give me one. Those people who don't ask and don't expect anything from me because I know it will be much appreciated than the one who have been expecting and asking from me. Giving gifts should come from the heart and not just because you are force to do it. But if you feel that you really love giving a gift in return then that will be great.
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
Of course. In fact I always want that I am the one to give first.
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
not necessarily. because i think that if you decide to give something to a person it should be coming from the heart and it's your own will to give. you must not expect something in return if you give gifts to someone.
@vanonas (950)
• United States
16 Dec 08
It does seem like you're obligated to buy your friend a gift after he tells you that he'll buy you one. You could buy him a giftcard, or regift one of the gifts you'll receive. That will seem cheap though so you might want to just give him a thank you card and maybe eat out to lunch or something and pay. Something nice like that is always great things to do for friends.
@Kmarie923 (875)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I would feel an obligation to get someone a gift if they got one for me. He might expect you to buy something for him.
@n30wing (4768)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
Well for me if I am really his friend and given me a gift, why not just to show that I also appreciate him I'll give him a gift also. Anyway it's something I can afford to give. Anyway Christmas is only once a year! Advance Merry Christmas to you and your family too!
• China
16 Dec 08
Of course, you should give back one to he or she to be nice or polite. That's maybe what most of us do to our friends. Somehow, it maybe a little troublesome to do this, but I think I should do that if it comes to me. You may make this task easier by make the present yourself. Though it may not that nice as those sold in store, but it will be more meaningful.
@bellebads (740)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
it's not an obligation but an initiative. as you said the gift is unexpected so the person who gave this gift is not really expecting something in return. you should not feel guilty about it.
@donsky14 (5961)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
Its not an obligation...giving gifts should always come from the heart. Cause its always the thought that counts.