Post # 1
…with my parents, anyway. I’ve been able to either get them a big gift that would benefit both of them (my bro and I got them a new top of the line chair for their office one year) or been able to keep their individual gifts around the same when it came to price. This year, I’m stumped…
We’re going to Maui with them in the new year, and my Mum has always talked about going for a “spa day”, so I’m planning to book one for the two of us for a day. Now, those things aren’t the cheapest and the package I’d like to book at a particular spa (I hope is available while we’re there!) is around $335 per person. I absolutely do not mind spending that much on my Mum since she’s always been so generous with me and I can afford to do it right now.
So, the problem is the gift for my Dad. I bought him a new NFL jersey (since he changed teams) and will probably buy him a large bottle of his favorite liquor, but that’s not quite around the same price range as what I’m spending on Mum.
With that said, I ask, should I find something else for my Dad to make the gifts a little bit more “even”? Will they notice a difference? Will it even matter?
Post # 3
I think you are the only one who will know if they will notice. Would he think about that kind of thing? I don’t think its necessary to get him anything else but if it would upset him then yeah, you might.
Post # 4
@CherryWaves: I vote that those would “look” even. I would’ve never have thought that a spa trip would cost that much, but I do know that NFL jerseys aren’t cheap either. I vote leave it as is.
Post # 5
If your parents are anything like mine, they’ll neither notice nor would they care even if they did. I wouldn’t worry at all about this. If you can think of something else fun for your dad, great, but, if not, I wouldn’t be concerned.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
My dad definitely wouldn’t notice, and even if he did, he’d probably just be proud of me for spending so much on my mom. That’s very generous of you!
Post # 7
I always tend to spend more on my mom. My dad would have it that way if he could. He is a typical hard to shop for has everything kind of guy and my mom is easier to shop for. I dont think you need to make it even, they wont notice.
Post # 8
I can almost guarantee your dad would not mind. I know mine wouldn’t and he would be more than thrilled with a new jersey and his favorite liquor!
Post # 9
I don’t think they will mind. This year while shopping, it occurred to me that Ive cheaped out on my dad the last few years, so this year he got the biggest present. You can always make it even out next year or on birthdays if it bugs you.
Post # 10
What about a couple of game tickets so your dad has a chance to wear that jersey?
Also, my Darling Husband is very particular about his jerseys; the nice ones have the letters stitched on and tend to be much pricier than iron-on jerseys. Mitchell and Ness is the company you want for vintage jerseys, and the newish ones are produced by Reebok. I spent over $100 on a Jim Brown jersey for Darling Husband, and I think it was a good deal. A signed Mitchell and Ness Jim Brown runs about $300, so you could always consider upgrading the jersey you got.
Post # 11
Sounds fine to me. You could always buy your dad and husband dinner and drinks while you and mom are at the spa. But dad won’t care – spa won’t come out of his pocket. 🙂