Christmas Birthday – double or nothing

November 13, 2007 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

With the giving season right around the corner, I found myself pondering about those who have birthdays right around the holiday season. In what range of dates would someone give one present in place of a separate birthday and Christmas gift. If you had a friend with a Dec 23rd birthday, would you give a present on the 23rd to then turn around 2 days later and give a Christmas present? Would you combine the two holidays and give one gift, potentially combining the amount of money you would normally spend on a birthday present and a Christmas one?

Here are a few situations I came up with and feel are appropriate, feel free to add your own in the comment section:

  • If the gift is coming from a parent, then up to the age of not believing in Santa, dual presents would be required. This would have to be regardless of the date of the birthday.
  • As a sibling (if you do that kind of stuff), I think a combination would suffice between 12/20 and 12/28. In the case of needing to travel to see your sibling (you should probably still call on their birthday), I think you can expand that date range by 4 or 5 days.
  • I think the same applies to friends, but depending on closeness, you might be able to get away with a double dip present (spending less than you would on two individual event presents).
  • Girlfriends/Boyfriends – you’re on your own. I will not take any responsibility for your actions. You know how he/she will react to your efforts

In the end, I think whether you go the individual route or combination, things end up about the same. Maybe you can get something nicer by combining or make a good pairing of items that wouldn’t make sense to give individually. Maybe a late December birthday works in the recipients favor (as far as receiving things), maybe not? What do you think?


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  • 1. ben  |  November 13, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Why get a mere “friend” a gift for xmas? I can fathom a gift for their Birthday, that’s fine. But a gift because it’s a holiday and I’m getting family gifts so I should get them one too? Comeon! What great benefit do I get from this friend?

    I look at it this way. Family you’re stuck with. You owe it to them to buy them something that says, “Hey, I may not like you but here’s a peace offering. Let’s just grin and bear it and get through another year.”.

    Friends on the other hand are different. You have a choice to like them and vice versa. They don’t deserve a thing. If my friendship isn’t enough that they expect a gift on a holiday meant for “loved ones”; they deserve a lump of coal, or better yet, a high-five.



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