Does the Amount you Spend on a Gift Matter?
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With the holidays quickly approaching, I often receive emails from readers regarding whether the amount that you actually spend out-of-pocket on a gift should be given any merit. In other words, if you are able to snag a great gift for super cheap (or even free) after sales and/or coupons, should it be worth any less in the eyes of the gift recipient versus a gift that you paid the full price for?
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Check out this email I received recently…
Have you ever posed the question: what’s more fair…spending the SAME amount on everybody at Christmas or making it LOOK like you spent the same amount on everybody? Or should kids have equal NUMBERS of things to open, regardless of amount spent?
If I received a gift from someone, and I knew they redeemed a deal on it, or got it on Black Friday as a door-buster, I would not be offended if I knew the giver spent much less on me than on someone else (in fact, I’d be proud they were such a smart shopper, and feel flattered that they worked so hard to get my gift at an extra value!). But is it fair to spend less on one child or person?[/h2s_box]
Here are my thoughts…
It shouldn’t matter whether you spend $50 or $2 or whether you get something free! The money that you put into a gift is NOT the important part, what really should count is the thought behind the gift. Plus, doesn’t snagging a great deal or even scoring something for FREE require time and energy?
As harsh as this likely sounds, if someone ever makes you feel uncomfortable regarding a gift you give them or someone else, I would not consider them a “real” friend. We are all here to help one another and our families stretch those hard-earned dollars and save money where we can. There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with that! In fact, other people should commend you for your efforts.
Being able to pay it forward with free or inexpensive products you receive is NOT something any of you should be embarrassed about. Be proud of the gifts you’re able to give — no matter the cost! 🙂
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you agree or disagree with me?