Birthday Present Drama: Friend Refuses to Pay for Overpriced Gift 🎁😱

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Imagine having a tight-knit group of friends since high school, with a tradition of giving each other birthday gifts on a fixed budget. Now, imagine the drama that unfolds when one friend's new girlfriend enters the picture and the budget suddenly skyrockets! 🚀💸 In this story, our protagonist (26F) finds herself in a heated debate over whether or not to contribute to a birthday gift for her friend's girlfriend, Leah, whom she barely knows and doesn't particularly like. 🎁😒

The Gift-Giving Tradition 🎁

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Enter the New Girlfriend 👩

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An Unexpected Group Chat 📱

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The $60 Book Dilemma 📚💰

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A Suspicious Offer 🤔

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Standing Her Ground 💪

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Alice's Change of Heart ❤️

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The Book Returns 📚

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Friends Take Sides 🤷

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Drawing the Line ✋

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Backing Out 🚶‍♀️

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Leaving the Group Chat 📵

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Accusations Fly 🗣️

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Just Trying to Be Fair? ⚖️

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The Verdict: Fair or Unfair? 🤷‍♀️

So, our protagonist finds herself in a tough spot, accused of being insensitive and harsh for refusing to contribute to an overpriced birthday gift for her friend's girlfriend. 🎁😤 Was she just trying to be fair and maintain the long-standing tradition of a $20 budget, or did her dislike for Leah cloud her judgment? 🤔💭 Let's see what the internet thinks of this situation...

Standing up against group think and unreasonable budget demands. NTA 👏

Ars3nicc | Ars3nicc

NTA. Alice should have bought the book herself. 💰

dart1126 | dart1126

NTA enforces gift rules, confusion over Leah's group classification 🤔

Parzeval_Whatts | Parzeval_Whatts

Don't break the bank for a gift. NTA.

Kewege | Kewege

Alice seems manipulative and Leah should stand her ground. 🙌

bubbleuj | bubbleuj

NTA sets good boundary, raises valid questions about gift financing 👍

ManateeFlamingo | ManateeFlamingo

Friend refuses to contribute to gift, accused of manipulation 🤔

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Friend refuses to pay for overpriced gift. NTA wins.

WallabyInTraining | WallabyInTraining

NTA stands up to friend's overpriced gift drama 🙌

bellsofwar3 | bellsofwar3

NTA! Friend being cheap, friends have no common sense. 😱

theaa2000 | theaa2000

Girlfriend's friend tries too hard to be part of the group 😑

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Friend refuses to pay for overpriced gift: NTA wins.

Moonbyully | Moonbyully

Rare book gift dilemma: NTA for not overspending, limited edition.

Bangbangsmashsmash | Bangbangsmashsmash

NAH - Group dynamics change, spending limits too. OP not liking Leah.

AugustNClementine | AugustNClementine

NTA for not contributing to overpriced gift, suggest group presents going forward 👍

AffectionateSorbet47 | AffectionateSorbet47

Friend group's $20 gift budget causes birthday present drama 😱

Ateosira | Ateosira

Stand up for yourself, don't let friends take advantage 💪

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Gift drama at 26, $3 gifts without partners? ESH 😑

LWdkw | LWdkw

Friend demands free money for overpriced gift, commenter calls out entitlement 💯

FlahBlast | FlahBlast

NTA defends friend against accusations of being cheap 💪

you-sirrr-name | you-sirrr-name

Generosity is key in gift giving 👍

Livid-League-1700 | Livid-League-1700

Suggests changing gift rules and finding new friends if necessary 😱

jillianleemonroe | jillianleemonroe

Alice's greed causes tension among friends over birthday present 💰🎁

gnimmuc6898 | gnimmuc6898

Group gift drama: Will Leah have to chip in now? 🤔

HeatherAnne1975 | HeatherAnne1975

Commenter defends OP's pettiness over a $10 gift, NTA 😎

VivianCold | VivianCold

Crowdfunding expensive gifts? NTA calls out the trend. 😱

Compassion-1st | Compassion-1st

Short and sweet: commenter says NTA. 👍

drawingmentally | drawingmentally

NTA for sticking to budget, but could have handled it better 😕

barbaramillicent | barbaramillicent

Don't get scammed! NTA for refusing overpriced gift 💪

Collieshangles | Collieshangles

Friend demands overpriced gift, OP refuses. Is $7 worth arguing?

GrayManGroup | GrayManGroup

Friend refuses to pay for gift, commenter calls out stinginess 😱

THE_Lena | THE_Lena

NTA stands up for themselves in gift drama 👏

kisukona | kisukona

Pitching in to avoid drama: NTA doesn't owe expensive gift 🙌

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NTA: Don't force someone to buy a disliked gift 👍

tri220987 | tri220987

Don't break the bank for a distant friend's gift 💰

jaysolomongrundy | jaysolomongrundy

Friend accuses OP of being cheap for not overpaying. NTA.

Violet351 | Violet351

Clear-cut judgement! You're not the a**hole 👍

Previous_Magician_85 | Previous_Magician_85

Gift-giving as a group may need to end. 🎁

salice_piangente | salice_piangente

Declining to pay for overpriced gift for disliked person. NTA 👍

Quicksilver1964 | Quicksilver1964

NTA, no obligation to buy overpriced gift for friend's tradition 👍

Standard_Engineer724 | Standard_Engineer724

Friend expects expensive gift, refuses to pay. NTA wins.

Throwawaytown33333 | Throwawaytown33333

Redditor expects birthday money, declares themselves NTA. 🤣

firefightersgirl76 | firefightersgirl76

Suggests a cheaper alternative for a birthday gift. NTA.

jammy913 | jammy913

Friend group dragged into girlfriend's gift drama. NTA.

that_was_way_harsh | that_was_way_harsh

Boundaries matter, even in gift-giving. No obligation to overspend. 🙏

greenswizzlewooster | greenswizzlewooster

Friend refuses to pay for overpriced gift, commenter says NTA 😊

MoodySpidey | MoodySpidey

Don't let anyone bully you into buying an overpriced gift 🙌

benji950 | benji950

Group gift buying sucks! NTA, stand your ground 🙌

LurkerToPoster100 | LurkerToPoster100

Clear-cut case of not being the a**hole 👍

ScubaSteve00S | ScubaSteve00S

Gifts are optional, and adding people without consent is wrong.

Eladiun | Eladiun

Crowdfunding for partner's gift but can't afford $40? 🤔

MarinCrops420 | MarinCrops420

Friend demands expensive gift, commenter says NTA. Drama ensues 😱

thicklover | thicklover

Commenter is not the a-hole in birthday present drama 👏

thezatch2 | thezatch2

Don't let anyone bully you into giving a specific gift 👍

thedorchestra | thedorchestra

No friendship, no gift: NTA for not paying over budget 🙌

besupergood | besupergood

Excusing oneself from birthday present drama. NTA wins 🎁

AmandaPandaLyn | AmandaPandaLyn

Commenter questions why 'she' deserves an overpriced gift 🤔

Massive_Ambassador_6 | Massive_Ambassador_6

Friendship and money don't always mix. NTA for opting out 👍

HealthyBox5 | HealthyBox5

Group pressured to buy expensive gift for friend's girlfriend 😒

PoundCritical1160 | PoundCritical1160

Friend expects group to pay for her girlfriend's gift 🎁😒

autumncurly14 | autumncurly14

Friend being cheap and manipulative, NTA for calling him out 😱

asymphonyin2parts | asymphonyin2parts

Defending oneself on internet; NTA, but communication is key 👍

MrAvalanche1981 | MrAvalanche1981

Group gift drama: NTA for not paying for overpriced present 😱

TheMommaResa | TheMommaResa

Is Alice's behavior strange or normal gift-giving etiquette? 🤔

the-happy-sisyphus | the-happy-sisyphus

Commenter believes OP is not at fault 👍

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Friend group changes, tough times. NTA for refusing payment 👍

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NTA for not wanting to pay for overpriced gift 😊

PsychologicalNews573 | PsychologicalNews573

Stand up for yourself, but don't lose your friends 👍

Hifen | Hifen

Gift-giving etiquette: significant others excluded from group presents. NTA 👍

ElimGarakOfCardassia | ElimGarakOfCardassia

Don't let Alice manipulate you into paying for overpriced gifts 😡

Liverbones | Liverbones

Commenter defends OP's decision not to buy expensive gift 💸

SweetSue67 | SweetSue67

Commenter suggests OP's delivery could have been better. 🤔

ImFinePleaseThanks | ImFinePleaseThanks

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