I'm just curious how you all handle this, if you even have to deal with it! In the past most of my friends stuck to the $25 birthday gift price. But recently I have had some salary increases, started buying Coach & Dooney for myself, etc. Nothing too fancy. But all of my friends would make comments about how they will prob never get on etc. So I started buying them these bags for their Bday presents, I would try to get great sales, or outlets, etc. and stick to about $100. I have one friend at Christmas, I got her a great Leather Coach Backpack. A few weeks after Christmas, I was having a party, and a good friend of mine and I exchanged gifts from Christmas late. We tried to do this in a private setting, but my friend with the coach backpack, and my sis in law, had to "come see what we got"! Well when my friend opened up her Dooney Tote I bought her, it almost brought her to tears. She is a teacher, and has had a tough time financially, so it gave me great joy to see how much she appreciated the gift! I was so happy to be able to give her this, she is a great mom, wife & teacher and she deserved it! Anyway... my friend (backpack) grabbed the purse up and ran away screaming " I want this bag, it's beautiful, I am so jealous!" Which made me feel like ****, since I felt like I bought her the perfect gift, since the backpack was something she had been wanting for years! Then my sis-in-law started crying because I've never bought her a nice gift like that. I could not believe what was happening! About a month later, my SIL showed up with a new coach her hubby bought her because he felt bad for her that she had to go through that! OMG Anyone else ever had anything so crazy happen?