We both have september birthdays and her party was earlier this month but I couldn't make it. I intended to get her a gift to give her when I saw her a few days ago for an unrelated event but I completely forgot, so I figured she wouldn't get me one either since I wasn't even planning a birthday celebration and we probably wouldn't see each other until christmas. But I was taken completely off guard and thrown a surprise birthday party today, even though my birthday is next week, and the friend ended up giving me a $25 gift certificate.
I'm not sure how to handle this situation? As I said before, we only see each other a couple times a year, so casually giving her a belated gift isn't as easy as arranging a get together with a specific purpose....but I feel STUPID for approaching it as "sorry I forgot to get you a gift but since you gave me one, here is a late one in return" Plus I don't drive so it would be like "...and can you come by to pick it up?"
LOL. I know I sound like an idiot. I feel like an idiot.