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Wondering about christmas presents
If you knew your family member was low on cash and come Christmas time she gives you cookies for a Christmas present (since she can get those for free at work), would you think she's a cheapskate (or whatever that word is)?
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dreamsofspike From: dreamsofspike Date: November 15th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... if the point is the thought behind it... like, her desire to give you *something* she thinks you'll enjoy... then, no, not necessarily. If she's really broke, what else can she do, really? If she had the money to spend on presents and *then* gave you free cookies, yeah, then I'd be offended. LOL

I speak as someone who is desperately low on cash this holiday season as well :P *shrugs* but that's my opinion :)
liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: November 15th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I'm not completely desperate yet, but uh...

I've got about 100€ at most to spend on christmas presents this year. To spread around 18 a 22 people (depending on whether some of them have partners by then or not), including my mom, dad, and god daughter.

Figured I'd give the cookies and add a small present of 2€ a 5€ each for the actual family. And a larger gift for Ffion, mom and dad*g*

(and keep the cookies only gift for any new partners whom I don't really know anyway*g* They're good cookies, think they cost about 2 a 3€ a box in the shop. We can just take them for free because of something wrong with the packaging or whatever...)

Edited at 2010-11-15 09:15 pm (UTC)
calliopes_pen From: calliopes_pen Date: November 15th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. For Christmas, all I receive (since I won't ask for anything) is a pair of socks, so I think that's probably a step up.
spikes_evilbint From: spikes_evilbint Date: November 15th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The old saying 'It's the thought that counts' is a very true one. I certainly wouldn't care about a low cost gift. It's just lovely to have something to open, and can identify with the low funds. :)
super_pan From: super_pan Date: November 15th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
If my cash strapped relative gave me cookies that she could get for free at her work, I would think she was awesome, because she gave me cookies, and I like cookies. So if said family members' family members like cookies, I think it would be a nice gift.

I get tired of getting crap I don't need, or giving crap my loved ones don't need. Unless there is a medical reason you shouldn't have cookies, cookies will make you happy.
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lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: November 16th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I have given biscuits I made when I was short on cash, and everyone appreciated that. That said, it's nice to see some time put into low cost gifts, so maybe you could put a nice ribbon on them or something? Or a tiny super-cheap gift to go with them?
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: November 16th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
i hope someone wouldn't think that.... i'm the one who's low on cash and bake cookies for family.... =)
From: fanfictionaddic Date: November 17th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
No. If I knew a family member was low on cash, I'd feel close enough to them to tell them I didn't want anything and/or come to a "no gift exchange" agreement.
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