(Closed) Thoughts on this type of gift?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t think it’s appropriate unless the recipients had expressed a specific desire to attend the event.

Like “Oh, I really wish I could go see a XXX game this year!”

Otherwise, I think it’s kind of rude.

Post # 4
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662 posts
Busy bee

I think if it were closer to you or for a team you REALLY loved then it would be a great present but I’m generally really against any sort of present that has additional costs for the recipient.  It’s rarely anything more than a hassle for the recipient. That’s like making a down payment for you on a car you don’t want, and now you’re stuck with the bill for the rest of it, lol. 

 

If it was a sporting event out of state for your favorite team and it was THE game, I’d be okay with it.  I would gladly purchase plane tickets to a Stanley Cup game in another state if someone bought me tickets and my team was playing. 

 

 

Post # 5
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hmm, I’d find it very strange to receive a present that required a significant expense (of either money for tickets, or time for driving) on my part. If they know you’re a fanatic about this team and you would love to go to the game and would do anything to make it happen, that’s one thing. But otherwise, it’s strange.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There are so many variables that it’s hard to say if this is a “good” or a “thoughtful” gift or not.  If it were an event we actually wanted to go to, DH and I would love this (college football isn’t our thing but if we were given concert tickets to a band we really liked, we wouldn’t mind covering our costs to get/stay there.  I would be more annoyed over their change in plans, though; if they’d said from the get-go that they couldn’t join you, that’s not the end of the world, but to commit to you then drop you in favor of other plans kind of blows.  Even if those other plans were made first, plans you make with out-of-towners pretty much trump plans you make with locals because the locals aren’t coming out-of-pocket to be there. So I can only hope they are meeting other out-of-towners for the other football game.

Any chance you can sell the second pair of tickets?  I know some college games get a pretty high price. A little pocket money might take the sting out of things.

Post # 7
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9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

1. Sell the other tickets.

2. Tickets to a show or game are not a good idea for a present unless the show or game is in the recipient’s home town and the recipient made a statement they wanted tickets to that show or game.  Otherwise, I think it’s rude to give someone a gift that requires them to spend more money (plane tickets, hotel, etc…) in order to enjoy the gift.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@sportsgal31:  Sounds like a good plan.  Sell all of the tickets and maintain the plane ticket credit for another trip.  Smart!

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