The Thought That Counts?


Kelly was recently in her favorite art supply store when she saw they were having a great sale in their gift section.  There were so many fabulous arts and crafts gift sets for kids on sale that she decided to stock up for all her children’s friends’ upcoming birthday parties.  With the price slashed from $25 per set to $8 per set, how could she afford NOT to?!

The following weekend she gave one of the fab art sets to her friend Olivia’s daughter.  Olivia, who also lives near the art store, had seen the sets on sale and knew her friend had bought it at a discount.  Now, Olivia thought the art set was a great gift – but she couldn’t help but feel a little bit like her friend had been, well, cheap — even though her daughter had been given a lovely gift. Olivia recalled that she had bought a full price gift for Kelly’s son – and wondered if she was being petty for wanting her friend to spend the same amount on her child…What do you think??

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6 Responses to “The Thought That Counts?”

  1. Beauty Blvd says:

    The gift is worth $25, this lady is just a deal shopper. As long as the children are happy who cares. Her friend should take note and start hitting some sales!

    • maureen says:

      I agree. I also think it is petty and tasteless to value the retail cost of the gift over the value of the giver.

  2. NJJ says:

    No I don’t think Kelly was being cheap. I think she bought what she felt she could reasonably afford which is all that should matter. Kelly’s finances are no one else’s business either directly or indirectly. I do think its a bit rude of Olivia to slightly insinuate that more should be spent on her son because she likes paying full price.

    Just because Olivia isn’t a bargain shopper doesn’t mean that her friend Kelly should have to pick up the slack. The fact that her daughter received a present is what she should be grateful for not the price of the present

    Paying more money on gifts doesn’t equal friendship or love in my book. Appreciating a persons qualities and character is much more important

  3. Janet says:

    It truly is the thought that counts. If you have expectations of what someone should spend on a gift then you’re clearly missing the point of gift giving in the first place. I shop for gifts on sale all the time. In fact I’ll be giving my nephew a birthday gift I picked up for 75% off after Christmas. There’s no way I could afford to buy him a $100 give normally but by buying it on clearance I can. It’s cool and relates to things he loves. I’m thrillled I’m able to give it to him.

  4. Marsha says:

    I do this all the time buying quality gifts at affordable prices. I love giving my friends and family beautiful presents, if I buy them at full cost, it means that someone is going to be left out. Well quite a few people. Getting beautiful, thoughtful gift items in the sale is always a bonus. I must add though that I am sensitive and cautious about who I give them to espeacially if I know the person frequents the shop just as I do, or they would know exactly where I got it from and how much I spent. We often say it’s the thought that counts but lets face it …..we are human…sometimes cost matters as well…Keeo on giving.

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