(Closed) Christmas gifts for friends

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
Post # 2
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Look….gifts aren’t tit for tat.  He KNOWS you don’t have alot of money, you shouldn’t be counting the $ amount.  Plus as a hairdresser I highly doublt he paid the full retail, although even half is generous and much more than you can afford to recropricate.

You have $20, go to the grocer, get a $15 steak, a bag of potatotes $3 and a $1 frozen broccli.  Invite him over for a very fancy meal.  And you still have $1 left over for the chocolate bar.


Post # 4
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

Does he like coffee? Or even a gas gift card? I am broke after all we spent on christmas. I got my best friend a card and a gift card to starbuck,a $2 bottle of wine. It’s not about what was spent, it’s about the gesture.

Post # 5
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

First of all, your friend sounds awesome and incredibly thoughtful. Good for you. If he’s going through a bad break-up and moving back in with his parents, why don’t you try to do something that will cheer him up a bit and take his mind off of things? It doesn’t have to be done right now, which I’m sure he’ll understand as he knows your situation, but why don’t you invite him over and have a nice night just the two of you? Watch some cool old movies, eat sweets, talk and talk and talk, have some wine if you’re into it. Instead of feeling like you have to give him a thing, give him an experience. It sounds like he could use a friend more than anything right now. And I’m sure most of his friends are very busy right now and don’t have time to just hang out and listen to him.

Or go do something he wouldn’t usually do which could be fun like going ice-skating (sans your kids) or to a Christmas market or if there’s fireworks or carols on a particular night or a tree-lighting. Something that’s fun and related to the season but which won’t cost you any money. You know what he’s into – I’m sure there’s some sort of experience he would appreciate without you having to break the bank. Just try to think of what you can do which will make him happy instead of buying him anything.

Even just go over to his parents’ place and help him unpack his stuff if he’s still in the process of moving in. Nobody likes unpacking or moving back in with their parents – that way he won’t have to wallow in his unfortunate circumstances all alone, he can vent or you can talk about something else while you work. 

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