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 🎁
Enter the New Girlfriend 👩
An Unexpected Group Chat 📱
The $60 Book Dilemma 📚💰
A Suspicious Offer 🤔
Standing Her Ground 💪
Alice's Change of Heart ❤️
The Book Returns 📚
Friends Take Sides 🤷
Drawing the Line ✋
Backing Out 🚶♀️
Leaving the Group Chat 📵
Accusations Fly 🗣️
Just Trying to Be Fair? ⚖️
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 👏
NTA. Alice should have bought the book herself. 💰
NTA enforces gift rules, confusion over Leah's group classification 🤔
Don't break the bank for a gift. NTA.
Alice seems manipulative and Leah should stand her ground. 🙌
NTA sets good boundary, raises valid questions about gift financing 👍
Friend refuses to contribute to gift, accused of manipulation 🤔
Friend refuses to pay for overpriced gift. NTA wins.
NTA stands up to friend's overpriced gift drama 🙌
NTA! Friend being cheap, friends have no common sense. 😱
Girlfriend's friend tries too hard to be part of the group 😑
Friend refuses to pay for overpriced gift: NTA wins.
Rare book gift dilemma: NTA for not overspending, limited edition.
NAH - Group dynamics change, spending limits too. OP not liking Leah.
NTA for not contributing to overpriced gift, suggest group presents going forward 👍
Friend group's $20 gift budget causes birthday present drama 😱
Stand up for yourself, don't let friends take advantage 💪
Gift drama at 26, $3 gifts without partners? ESH 😑
Friend demands free money for overpriced gift, commenter calls out entitlement 💯
NTA defends friend against accusations of being cheap 💪
Generosity is key in gift giving 👍
Suggests changing gift rules and finding new friends if necessary 😱
Alice's greed causes tension among friends over birthday present 💰🎁
Group gift drama: Will Leah have to chip in now? 🤔
Commenter defends OP's pettiness over a $10 gift, NTA 😎
Crowdfunding expensive gifts? NTA calls out the trend. 😱
Short and sweet: commenter says NTA. 👍
NTA for sticking to budget, but could have handled it better 😕
Don't get scammed! NTA for refusing overpriced gift 💪
Friend demands overpriced gift, OP refuses. Is $7 worth arguing?
Friend refuses to pay for gift, commenter calls out stinginess 😱
NTA stands up for themselves in gift drama 👏
Pitching in to avoid drama: NTA doesn't owe expensive gift 🙌
NTA: Don't force someone to buy a disliked gift 👍
Don't break the bank for a distant friend's gift 💰
Friend accuses OP of being cheap for not overpaying. NTA.
Clear-cut judgement! You're not the a**hole 👍
Gift-giving as a group may need to end. 🎁
Declining to pay for overpriced gift for disliked person. NTA 👍
NTA, no obligation to buy overpriced gift for friend's tradition 👍
Friend expects expensive gift, refuses to pay. NTA wins.
Redditor expects birthday money, declares themselves NTA. 🤣
Suggests a cheaper alternative for a birthday gift. NTA.
Friend group dragged into girlfriend's gift drama. NTA.
Boundaries matter, even in gift-giving. No obligation to overspend. 🙏
Friend refuses to pay for overpriced gift, commenter says NTA 😊
Don't let anyone bully you into buying an overpriced gift 🙌
Group gift buying sucks! NTA, stand your ground 🙌
Clear-cut case of not being the a**hole 👍
Gifts are optional, and adding people without consent is wrong.
Crowdfunding for partner's gift but can't afford $40? 🤔
Friend demands expensive gift, commenter says NTA. Drama ensues 😱
Commenter is not the a-hole in birthday present drama 👏
Don't let anyone bully you into giving a specific gift 👍
No friendship, no gift: NTA for not paying over budget 🙌
Excusing oneself from birthday present drama. NTA wins 🎁
Commenter questions why 'she' deserves an overpriced gift 🤔
Friendship and money don't always mix. NTA for opting out 👍
Group pressured to buy expensive gift for friend's girlfriend 😒
Friend expects group to pay for her girlfriend's gift 🎁😒
Friend being cheap and manipulative, NTA for calling him out 😱
Defending oneself on internet; NTA, but communication is key 👍
Group gift drama: NTA for not paying for overpriced present 😱
Is Alice's behavior strange or normal gift-giving etiquette? 🤔
Commenter believes OP is not at fault 👍
Friend group changes, tough times. NTA for refusing payment 👍
NTA for not wanting to pay for overpriced gift 😊
Stand up for yourself, but don't lose your friends 👍
Gift-giving etiquette: significant others excluded from group presents. NTA 👍
Don't let Alice manipulate you into paying for overpriced gifts 😡
Commenter defends OP's decision not to buy expensive gift 💸
Commenter suggests OP's delivery could have been better. 🤔