(Closed) livingsocial deal as MOH gift – tacky? and what are you getting your MOHs?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: is it ok to buy a half-off massage deal as a gift for your MOH?
    no, it's tacky and she'd be upset you didn't pay the full price : (12 votes)
    22 %
    yes - who cares how much you spent - it's the nice experience she gets that matters! : (40 votes)
    74 %
    other gift option - please explain below : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would not give someone a Living Social deal as a gift or a thank you. IMO, it’s kind of weird, like giving someone a coupon book for the grocery store for $2 off milk and eggs as a birthday gift.

    I would rather be taken out to lunch or to mani-pedis as a treat from the bride.


    Post # 4
    5662 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would do it, my moh could give two shits if I got a deal on something. It’s the thought that counts and its something she gets to treat herself to wether you paid full price or not. Course around here we do groupon and ls deals as gifts all the time haha

    Post # 6
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    This is tough…..my Maid/Matron of Honor got me a living social deal for my birthday a few months ago and I honestly thought it was a little weird.  I felt like it was a throwaway gift.  But, it was for dinner and a bottle of champagne and FH and I enjoyed it, so I guess it doesn’t matter how she paid for it!  

    I feel like getting a gift for your Maid/Matron of Honor for your wedding is really special – beyond a birthday.  So I would probably not get the living social deal and give it to her….is there any way you can use the living social deal and book the appointment for her, so she doesn’t know it’s a living social deal??

    To answer your other question, I got my Maid/Matron of Honor a black freshwater pearl ring with very tiny diamonds around it.  She loves jewelry and I think it will really suit her.  

    Post # 7
    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    To answer question one, I think it would be a little bit strange to hand over a Living Social email/coupon/letter as a gift.  Could you possibly buy the deal and then take her as your guest?  She would never know it was a Living Social deal and you could both have fun.

    To answer question two, I plan on getting two things for my Maid/Matron of Honor (my sister) – a super cute necklace and a clutch.  My sister and I love designer brands like Kate Spade and Tory Burch and there happen to be outlet stores for both places near a place I travel for work frequently.  🙂

    Post # 8
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve actually been thinking about giving a LS deal as a gift too! I think it’d be OK, especially if you can just pay for it and book the appointment like AshleyR83 suggested. Just ask her when she’s available and make the appointment. She’ll never know how/what you paid for it and it really is the thought that counts. I could never afford some of the things I see on LS without the deals, so I’d take the opportunity to save some money!

    Post # 9
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It depends on your relationship with her.  My friends would think I was ridiculous to pass up a 50% off deal just to pay full price b/c it was a special occasion.  But I also trade buy one get one subway weeks with my best friend.  We both get the coupons, and I buy one week, she buys the next.

    If you Maid/Matron of Honor isn’t someone who shops the sale racks first, and looks for a better deal before she buys something, then I suppose she might think you cheap.  Honestly, I would hope that your friend, knowing you’re on a budget, would not judge you for this. 

    Post # 10
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t think it’s tacky. My only concern would be with some of the places who play a switchroo or give subpar service if they know it’s for a groupon living sociol ect.  I had friends invite me to places with them, and the majority of my experiences have been good, and a few have been not so great.

    I wouldn’t be offended by that in the least. You are still paying cash for it. I would say it depends on your moh and if she uses them she probably be happy for it.

    Post # 11
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    I don’t think it’s tacky but I would consider the spa for sure. Sometimes these are for shady places.

    Also I’d make her a gift certificate that’s WAY cuter than a print off.  Like a hand made gift certificate with the print off tucked inside.

    Post # 12
    2711 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like the idea of getting the deal, but booking everything for her or taking her as your guest.  While I don’t mind people shopping sales and such, I think it would still be a little weird to be handed a LS coupon.

    Post # 13
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    If you are giving her a coupon (and she still has to pay for the service), I would be a little side-eye. However, if you are purchasing her the the massage w/ champagne, and you just got a deal on it, she pays nothing – go for it! Nothing better than a great gift that you got a nice deal on 🙂

    Post # 14
    79 posts
    Worker bee

    If I was to receive a LS deal, I would be fine with it (I like any gifts lol).  But if you’re not sure about it, maybe buy it yourself and take her with you so she won’t know about it?

    Post # 15
    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I agree that if you get her the coupon, you should book the appointment and pay for it yourself, so she doesn’t know it’s a coupon. Handing someone a coupon does seem a little strange. Also, be sure to do research on the spa that offers the deal. A lot of times, spas offer these deals because they are going out of business and need to bring new customers in ASAP. I’ve had some bad experiences at the spas I used a coupon for. There was a reason nobody wanted to go there. 

    Post # 16
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    LivingSocial isn’t a coupon thing, so it should cover the entire service, yes?

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