To Give Or Not To Give


Elizabeth bought her close friend Heather a stunning silver bracelet for her 40th birthday.  But when Heather unexpectedly called off her birthday dinner with Elizabeth for the new man in her life – and didn’t call her back for two months – Elizabeth started having second thoughts about giving Heather a birthday present at all!  She decided to hold on to the present and wait to see what happened…

Of course, Heather and Elizabeth eventually made up.  But since a couple of months passed in between seeing each other again, Elizabeth felt like the birthday gift-giving window had closed, and it would just be awkward to give Heather a present after so much time had passed.  Instead, Elizabeth decided to re-gift the bracelet to herself…

When it comes to gift giving, is there a window of time to give a present before it becomes awkward and a moot point?  Even if you had a disagreement with a good friend, would you still give them their birthday present?  Was Elizabeth wrong to keep the bracelet for herself?  Tell us what you think!

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4 Responses to “To Give Or Not To Give”

  1. Rebekah says:

    I don’t know if Elizabeth was right or not, but I would have done the same thing! Two months is a long time to go without talking to a “close friend” you would buy this type of gift for. Honestly, if I didn’t consider somebody a close enough friend that I needed to return a phone call before two months, I would feel awkward getting such a nice gift from them. Elizabeth might call Heather and say, “Hey, we never got to celebrate your birthday. Let me take you out to lunch.” And call it good.

  2. carol says:

    I agree with Rebekah’s statement.

  3. Gwin says:

    Heather sounds like a lousy friend. I agree with Rebekah, also

  4. Louie says:

    Why Elizabeth even had a second thought about this situation is beyond me. This is a sign of the times in a “me” society who is thoughtless about anyone and anything around them but themselves. She shouldn’t have been given the gift, nor should she have been taken out to dinner. As a matter of fact, the b-day girl should have taken her out as an apology. Do we really count people like this as close friends, or just acquaintances?

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