How Honest is Your Gift List ??

Jan 23, 2006
New York New York
What if your Family or Friends insisted you write a gift list ?

If you had to write down a list of things you want for your Birthday or Christmas, How honest would you be ? would you list a highend item that you really want?

Would you be upset if you didnt get it ?

Inky Paws

Oct 19, 2005
The only person that buys me anything besides hubby is me, but when I used to do a gift list I would put eveything on there from a $5 item to my expensive items that way no matter what the person's budget was there would be something their for that limit.


I Bleed Georgia Red
Oct 18, 2005
New York City
it would depend on who was asking for it. if it was for someone that could easily afford a lavish present and intended to give one, i'd list one. if it was a well-meaning friend that didn't have the monetary wherewithall to give a large gift, i'd list more appropriate things.

and i'd never be disappointed in a gift unless i had gone out of my way to get someone close to me something special (not necessarily something expensive, just something i had put a lot of thought and planning in to) and the person gave me some cheap, generic crap.

honestly, i'm one of those people that just goes ahead and buys what they want (i have a feeling i'm not alone here...), so the thought really DOES count more to me. if it's something i want badly, chances are, i'm not counting on a gift to get it.


Nov 21, 2005
Well, my birthday list was honest. My mother was the only person who followed instructions this year.*SIGH*


Jan 9, 2006
Chicago, IL
Well, around the holidays and my birthday sometimes I do have to come up with lists...its probably the best way for both parties because then they know they're getting me something I"d like and I know I should be receiving something I want. I never put things I'm iffy about, so everything on there are totally things I want. If there is something more expensive that I want, I sort of hint to my mom that cash would be the best gift because then I can put it toward the larger purchase. My bf thinks the fact that everyone in my family has a list around the holidays is just strange...but then, I get all things I love and he gets "what were they thinking?" gifts:biggrin:


Balenciaga's lover
Oct 29, 2005
It depends on who's asking. Rich aunt/uncle then yes, I'll tell them exactly what I want. Bf doing the asking, ofcourse! ;) Best friends, I give them a range of gift options. Good friends not that well off, then I tell them gift cards are the best option.

So far, I'm the ONLY person in my group of friends that actually tell them exactly what I want for b-day or xmas. I figure that I rather get a $20 gift card then having them go out and find a $20 crap. I know that it's the "thought" that counts but they also finally figure out that I always ended up donating their "gifts" to the salvation army afterwards. They actually told me that they like it better this way that I tell them exactly what I want because it saves them the stress of trying to think of what I like since most of them procrasinate anyway. :lol:


will work for shoes
Dec 16, 2005
My hubby is the only person who gets the "highend" wish list.

It is just my mom and me though (and a brother; but he is MIA half the time).

I tell my mom to save her money, when you make good money and buy yourself the things you want there is really no need to put your friends and family out.

There are always those silly things that I don't buy myself, like new dish towels, or a nice cast iron pan, kitchen stuff is my favorite thing to get from friends/mom because I never seem to restock my own kitchen (too busy buying jeans and bags) :P


Jan 12, 2006
Pradasmeadow said:
What if your Family or Friends insisted you write a gift list ?

If you had to write down a list of things you want for your Birthday or Christmas, How honest would you be ? would you list a highend item that you really want?

Would you be upset if you didnt get it ?
My family does ask for a wishlist and no way I'd put extravagant bags or anything else on it.
My husband makes way more than anyone in our family, it wouldn't be appropriate or respectful to ask for gifts that I know FULL well they can't afford.
I give whoever wants a list a few ideas of things I know is within reaosn for them to gift.
I'm w/ Amanda, I buy pretty much whatever I want, the gift shoud come from thd heart and I would appreciate it as such.

I do LOVE gift cards though! One of the gifts my husband gave me was a $150 Amex gift card for Christmas knowing full well I'd be driving myself to Neimans the day after!:lol:


Jan 8, 2006
kathyrose said:
I never like making a gift list. If I want something, I tend to get it myself.
hehehe! me too!!! it just never works out when i have a list! :shame:


somebody stop me!
Jan 23, 2006
The only time I make a wish list is at Christmas time for my hubby!!
He is shopping challenged and if I did not make a list for him, I'm not sure what he would come home with for me!!!

I do tend to put EXACTLY what I want because he is such a great guy, he usually gets me everything on the list.

I'm trying to see if I can incorporate this list for my b-day.
I have my eye on a few bags.........