No? First off, as the person receiving the gift I would have no idea how it was paid for. Secondly, buying gifts isn't about and shouldn't be about how much into debt you need to go to buy them. If you can do it frugally, I see nothing wrong with that.
Agreed. I don't usually go snooping to find out how people buy my gifts.
The only person that was ever offensive was my grandmother, but to be fair, she was digging out lightly used things from the bottom of her closet. Things my family has received: Lightly used tennis shoes. A gold sequined purse from like 1970. One earring. Half eaten dessert. A Dear Abby clipping about premarital sex from 1990.
I wish I could blame mental faculties, but I couldn't.
It's not cheap and I wouldn't be upset. Your friends sound extremely rude tbh
First, neither your friend nor the giftee needs to know. Second, you earned those points, right? You can use them for whatever you want.
Edited at 2012-11-29 10:40 pm (UTC)
Um, wow. Your friend is very rude. It doesn't matter if you got something for free (or with rewards points, which isn't even "free"!) and gifted it to someone, as long as the thought is there and you know that they would like it. Giving a gift is not about making sure the person giving it is put out of money? I don't get where your friend is coming from. I'm sure they hate homemade gifts too. Sheesh.
Your "friend" is just looking for something to dump on you about. Of course you are using your resources to get the gift, there is no difference.
How would they know if you got their gift for free? And no, I wouldn't be mad in the slightest. In fact, I would be impressed that they are thrifty.
Your friend sounds like a jerk.
I agree with everyone else. Like you, we had about as much in rewards and it bought several things with it. Your friend needs to get a clue.
Give your friend a picture you made with your very own hands, using crayons and paper you bought with your very own money at the dollar store.
for such a friend, I think this is fantastic idea. :D
I truly can't imagine being miffed at such a thing.
I see nothing wrong with it. You earned those points. They are yours and you are giving them to someone else when you could keep it for yourself. Its the same as if you spent money. Also, how would anyone know in the first place?
LOL Not at all! I dont care how they get the gift, the fact that they got me something is awesome!
What!?! How would anyone even know the difference if you used your points?? In my opinion, points are just like money. What a weird thing to be upset about.
She right that it's not money, but it is some form of currency and you earned it. So why not use it on the people you care about?
I would love if my friend did that for me tbh. People usually use it on themselves so, the fact that you thought to use it on me is great. Besides, you don't have to tell anyone that you bought the gifts with your points if they ask.
Not at all, it's the thought that counts and you certainly didn't have to get a gift with those points. Realistically, it's no different than paying cash, IMO.
That said, your friends sound very rude for voicing the opinion. They're lucky to get anything.
Not cheap at all. Sounds like a good idea to me, actually. Now I want to check to see if I have any reward points.
I think your friend sounds pretty rude and entitled. How you pay for stuff doesn't matter - it's great that you are organised enough with your finances so that you have these reward points to offset some of the expense of Xmas, to be honest. Well done you, and it's not cheap in any sense of the word.
Why would I know how a person paid for a gift?
Also this. I wouldn't exactly tell a lot of people about it.
Right. Why would I go telling people how'd I'd paid for their gifts.. and why would someone ask?
(And, honestly, I'd be more upset to find out someone had gone into debt to buy me something than to find out they'd used points.)
Edited at 2012-11-29 11:21 pm (UTC)
If it enables you to buy more/nicer/whatever gifts for others, or enables you to buy gifts for more people, then DO IT. if not, then you can afford to technically spend that money on you and other money on someone else.
As long as you're getting something the recipient wants and not just whatever crap you can get free, you're in the clear.
I agree with you. It's $100 you could have used yourself that you chose not to. Your friend is just being absurd.
No, my parents got me a huge stereo when I was a kid with their points and I was happy.
ummmm gift giving isn't about the amount of money you spend
Wtf? That's an awesome idea. I wish I had reward points, I could do half my xmas shopping and still have enough to pay my rent.
Give them a $1 bill instead
Seriously, I'd do this for the friend whining about how you're "cheap". Fucking complain about getting gifts, then here, have a fucking pre-printed Hallmark card with a $1 bill in it, asshole.
Just don't tell anyone. They won't know the difference.
If a friend of mine did that, I wouldn't get them anything and then if they said something I'd be like, "Well I couldn't afford to get you something out of pocket and since you seemed so offended by the thought of me using my reward points, I figured not getting you something was the best option."
You earned those reward points. What the hell is your friend talking about? It's money that you could spend on yourself, that you're spending on others. Don't fret over idiotic statements by supposed friends.
It's extremely sad that we've reached a point that not only are gifts expected, but it's also apparently mandatory to pay cash for them. What ever happened to giving something freely because you like someone, not because you feel like you have to?
As long as you're actually putting thought into the gift I don't see why it's a problem. I mean, if someone found something I would LOVE I wouldn't be offended if they picked it up off the side of the road.
I would cross that friend off my holiday gift list.
It's the thought that counts and the person you gift it to won't ever know. I don't think this 'friend' would be getting a gift frm me. :P
No - how would they even know the "source"?
I wouldn't care. It's the thought that counts, not the amount of money you spent on it. Besides, who would know if you bought it with points?
I can see the friends point if you're buying things that no one wants just because you have the points (my dad has given me the most random shit that he wins at hockey raffles for christmas, like toasters when I was a teenager and still living with my mom... it's like, really, don't bother). But the general idea of using reward points instead of cash? Not cheap at all!
But that's $100 I could have spent on myself.
Agreed. It's still your money, basically. I'd actually think it was really cool if I found out someone used their reward points to buy me a gift; it's a smart thing to do, and it would mean they hadn't put themselves out to buy me something. And just knowing that they looked at the amount of points they had and thought "Hey, I'll use them to buy people gifts!" -- that is so sweet and generous. I don't know what your friend's deal is.
I think they need to shut up and be damn grateful you're getting them anything at all, honestly. Geez.
Um... how would they even know? It's none of their business. they should be glad to be getting something at all.
Your friend is retarded. If you found a $10 bill on the ground and bought a gift with that, would that make you cheap too? Giving is giving, regardless of how you acquired the currency.
Uh, no, and anyone who would be offended is clearly an ungrateful douche.