(Closed) Cheap People – NWR vent

posted 10 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3942 posts
Honey bee

Ya, I would just go with the original gift idea and not ask anyone for more money. A $60 gift is generous enough.

And even if that woman brags about buying herself stuff, you still don’t know her financial situation. She could be exagerating, or in a lot of credit card debt.

Post # 4
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You should just buy individual gifts and you can give however much you want and S can not give anything if she wants.

Post # 5
4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d stick with the original $60 gift card, too, and drop the additional one. It sounds like it’s just a big pain to coordinate. A $60 gift certificate is a great gift, and plenty substantial IMO.

Sorry you are dealing with this–she kind of sounds like a piece of work–but still, I do sympathize with her being stressed about money, especially during the holidays. 

Post # 7
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would stick with the $60 one too.  I would also be very careful what I say to the second coworker in the future, she sounds a little manipulative

Good luck!

Post # 8
4160 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sounds frustrating.  Stick with the $60 and perhaps buy your boss a small gift on the side.

Post # 9
6890 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Since it sounds like the $60 is already bought, gift it. But you can get your boss something else entirely. Another gc or something else you think she might like. Don’t include the other two.

And next time? I def wouldn’t ask them. Ever.

Post # 10
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think it is fair to judge her for not wanting to give extra money.  You don’t know her financial situation.  $20/person is plenty.

Post # 11
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Urgh I hate when people cheap out.  FI has family members like this.  I’ve learned my lesson and now always get my own gift instead of trying to go in on something together.  


For the time being, go with teh $60 gift card and get her something additional just from  you.

Post # 12
1 posts
  • Wedding: April 2015

Not to be rude, but $34 is a lot of money for a gift for someone you work with.  I’m spending between $10-15 on my friends I see on a weekly basis and $30 on my grandparents.  If I spent $35 on every person I’m friendly with, I’d easily be blowing $500, $600, $1,000 on Christmas gifts every year. 

Post # 14
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

You could always get an additional one from you only

Post # 15
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

LOL this is exactly why I do not participate in office holiday gifts

Post # 16
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

S sounds super obnoxious.  i am not made of money either but I can’t stand people like that!

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