Woman Gets HOMEMADE Gifts in $250 Secret Santa Exchange - Is She Wrong to Be Upset? 😲

Diply Social Team
Diply | Diply

Picture this: you and your friends plan a late Christmas gathering with a not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchange. The budget? A whopping $250. Everyone agrees to the amount, and you're all excited to see what luxurious gifts you'll receive. You even splurge on a fancy Dior silk scarf for your secret Santa. But when the time comes to open your gift, you're met with...handmade items. 😱 Not just any handmade items, but ones that don't seem to reflect the agreed-upon budget. What would you do? Would you be grateful for the thought or feel disappointed? One person found themselves in this exact situation, and let's just say, things got a little heated. 🔥

Late Xmas Gathering 🎄

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

The $250 Budget 💸

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Financially Better Off Friend 💰

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

My Secret Santa Gift 🎁

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Excited for My Gift 😃

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Handmade Surprise 😲

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

The $250 Question 🤔

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Thought That Counts?

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Unwanted Junk? 🗑️

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Overreacting? 🤷

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Not a Crafty Person 🎨

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

The Painting 🖼️

Striking-Sir7168 | Striking-Sir7168

Handmade Gifts: Heartfelt or Half-hearted? 🤔

When everyone else in the group received branded items like skincare, makeup, and accessories, our protagonist was left with handmade items like resin coasters, yarn bracelets, a crocheted turtle, and a watercolor painting. 😕 When they asked how these items cost $250, the friend insisted that the kits and materials cost money, and a bespoke painting is priceless. Our protagonist wasn't convinced, feeling like they got the short end of the stick. 😒 The rest of the group thought they were overreacting, but they couldn't help but feel disappointed. So, what do you think? Are handmade gifts a thoughtful gesture, or should the friend have stuck to the agreed-upon budget? Let's see what the internet has to say about this situation... 🍿

NTA for being upset with low-value homemade gifts in $250 exchange 😒

effie-sue | effie-sue

NTA for being upset with all handmade gifts in Secret Santa 🎁

Worth-Season3645 | Worth-Season3645

Expectations for $250 gift exchange should be followed. NTA.

suziespends | suziespends

Craft kits not age-appropriate, poor condition; NTA for being upset 🙄

Literally_Taken | Literally_Taken

Gift-giver misses the point of gift-giving, NTA for feeling upset 😒

No_Peach_2660 | No_Peach_2660

$250 for a friend's gift exchange?! 😱

PugGrumbles | PugGrumbles

Expecting a quality gift but received experimental handmade gifts. NTA.

Lisascape | Lisascape

Handmade gifts are great, but not when thoughtless. 🙄

Expensive_Shower_405 | Expensive_Shower_405

Handmade doesn't equal personal, NTA for being upset 🤷‍♀️

halster123 | halster123

Woman receives bad homemade gifts and is upset. NTA.

bittyberry | bittyberry

Using kits for a Secret Santa gift is not cool 😒

Grand-Corner1030 | Grand-Corner1030

DIY gifts should be valued based on cost of supplies. NTA.

Capable_Ad_976 | Capable_Ad_976

Crafting skills matter in $250 Secret Santa exchange 👍

Rachel1578 | Rachel1578

Receiving a homemade gift and asking for it back? Weird move. 🤔

LeFrenchPress | LeFrenchPress

Homemade gifts are personal, but not for a $250 exchange. NTA.

One-Confidence-6858 | One-Confidence-6858

Don't agree to a $250 Secret Santa if you're broke 💸 #NTA

LookAwayPlease510 | LookAwayPlease510

Craftsman defends against homemade gifts in Secret Santa exchange.

wamale | wamale

Analyzing the questionable Secret Santa gifts 🤔🎁

wildmishie | wildmishie

Skilled artist gives a painting and store-bought gifts for $35 Secret Santa, while OP's $250 gift was low quality art kit. NTA 👏

kingcowboyy | kingcowboyy

Handmade gifts are great but should fit the gift exchange vibe 👍

I-hear-the-coast | I-hear-the-coast

Gift exchange rules were clear, homemade gifts were inappropriate. NTA.

gillebro | gillebro

Resin kit costs $40, they got $6 worth coasters. Understandable anger 😡

RetroKida | RetroKida

Suggests using a website for Secret Santa, defends homemade gifts. 😊

life1sart | life1sart

Homemade gift deemed thoughtless, commenter questions recipient's maturity 🤔

swish82 | swish82

Homemade gifts and regifting for next year's Secret Santa 🤔

ilaughalldaylong | ilaughalldaylong

Friend receives homemade gifts in secret santa, not wrong to be upset

timmyturtle91 | timmyturtle91

Feeling underpaid? This commenter spent less than $250 on all presents 😂

Misten808 | Misten808

Disappointed in Secret Santa gifts, called out for reaction 🎁👎

milliepilly | milliepilly

Handmade gifts not appropriate for $250 Secret Santa. #NTA 🙅

Pauscha580 | Pauscha580

Handmade gifts should be asked for or have genuine interest 🎁✂️

PlauntieM | PlauntieM

NTA commenter criticizes $250 Secret Santa limit, suggests handmade gift exchange. 👍

scdemandred | scdemandred

NTA didn't follow the gift limit, but socio-economics may matter 👍

AbbeyCats | AbbeyCats

Crafty person receives kitschy gifts, NTA for being annoyed. 😒

Pisum_odoratus | Pisum_odoratus

NTA but advised not to make a big deal out of it 🙏

TheDarkHelmet1985 | TheDarkHelmet1985

Crafty commenter explains why woman is NTA for being upset 🎨

RubyRosebone | RubyRosebone

Friend tries to be cheap in Secret Santa, gets called out 😬

Used_Arm_1389 | Used_Arm_1389

Is $250 too much for a Secret Santa gift exchange? 🤔

Weary_Locksmith_9689 | Weary_Locksmith_9689

Setting a $250 Secret Santa budget was a bad decision 😒

Danominator | Danominator

Expensive not-so-secret Santa gone wrong. NTA for keeping distance.

MrAlpacaSpit | MrAlpacaSpit

Gifter's selfishness is apparent; NTA for feeling upset 😞

CodenameJinn | CodenameJinn

Crafting takes time and effort. NTA for feeling disappointed.

GirlL1997 | GirlL1997

ESH for doing a $250 Secret Santa and not communicating expectations.

BluJayMez | BluJayMez

Receiving unwanted homemade gifts in a Secret Santa exchange 😑

babygorl_illa | babygorl_illa

NTA. Secret Santa can be disappointing when effort and budgets differ.

barbaramillicent | barbaramillicent

NTA! Homemade gifts are unacceptable for a $250 Secret Santa.

katie-kaboom | katie-kaboom

NTA, budget expectation is $200+. Gift value creates stress.

JaydedXoX | JaydedXoX

Friendship bracelets at $250 gift exchange? NTA. 😒

[deleted] | [deleted]

Set price point should be followed, NTA for expecting that 👍

BodyBy711 | BodyBy711

Handmade gifts miss the mark: NTA comment gets it right 👍

garbagesarah | garbagesarah

Cheap gifters ruining Secret Santa? NTA speaks out.

BigFShow | BigFShow

NTA. Upset over poorly made gifts in Secret Santa exchange. 😑

Adoration0x | Adoration0x

A childhood secret Santa disaster still haunts her 😢

Neon-Plural | Neon-Plural

Dealing with rule-breakers ruins Secret Santa, everyone loses 😢

candjpalmer | candjpalmer

Gift exchange inequality: NTA for feeling upset about mismatched gifts.

[deleted] | [deleted]

A homemade gift made with high quality materials is better. NTA 👍

cutecuddlyevil | cutecuddlyevil

NTA thinks handmade gifts were a cheap move 🤒

Dream_Alchemist | Dream_Alchemist

User suggests making homemade gifts for ungrateful recipient 😜

Honest-Bumblebee-166 | Honest-Bumblebee-166

Handmade gifts from skillful people are amazing, but junky items suck. ESH.

CJ_Boiss | CJ_Boiss

Opinions on homemade gifts in a $250 Secret Santa exchange.

HaveMercyOnMe_007 | HaveMercyOnMe_007

NTA, a poorly made gift deserves to go in the trash 🗑️

[deleted] | [deleted]

User rejects $250 Secret Santa gift and criticizes party culture.


Accept gifts graciously, donate if needed. Passive aggressive revenge unnecessary. 😒

TinyLittleWeirdo | TinyLittleWeirdo

Gift-giving is risky business without strict rules and return receipts. 😲

lrampartl | lrampartl

A scathing critique of the commercialization of Christmas 🎄🎁

Justforfuninnyc | Justforfuninnyc

NTA, but $250 limit for Secret Santa is ridiculous 🤷‍♀️

Public_Dot5536 | Public_Dot5536

NTA for being disappointed with 'branded' gifts. YTA for vapid worship.

Cauth_Bodva | Cauth_Bodva

Asking about the gift's cost and being rude makes YTA 😒

hazelmummy | hazelmummy

Skilled handmade gifts deserve value, but impulsive homemade gifts don't. NTA 😎

araralc | araralc

Handmade gifts may not always be the best option 💁‍♀️

Raksha_dancewater | Raksha_dancewater

Professional artist discusses expectations for Secret Santa gift, suggests adding gift card. NTA 👍

yetzhragog | yetzhragog

Artist defends NTA, suggests asking recipient for preference. 👨‍🎨

Nancy2421 | Nancy2421

Friendship ended over a bad gift exchange experience 😞

kajinkqd | kajinkqd

Eco-friendly NTA suggests dumping gift wrapping in trash bag 👍

Whitdobe | Whitdobe

Artist explains why handmade gifts in Secret Santa are tacky 🤔

Tilas | Tilas

Crocheting a hello kitty cardigan for 20 hours is no joke 🧶😕

fuggleruggler | fuggleruggler

Not everyone appreciates handmade gifts 🤷‍♀️

passionforsoda | passionforsoda

Receiving random craft kit gifts, NTA for feeling disappointed 💔

marshmallowest | marshmallowest

Spending vs Making: NTA receives homemade gift, sparks debate

Middle--Earth | Middle--Earth

Thoughtful homemade gifts > thoughtless store-bought junk. #NTA 👍

SouthHopper | SouthHopper

Art degree holder suggests buying luxury item in $250 exchange 💰

Unexous | Unexous

Engaging question about gift value in Secret Santa exchange. 🤔

LifeSpecial42866 | LifeSpecial42866

Part-time Etsy artist defends homemade gifts, deems recipient NTA 🤓

raedyn_greatdyn | raedyn_greatdyn

NTA for being upset about $250 Secret Santa gift 🎁

cuppycake02 | cuppycake02

NTA- Violated gift exchange ethos, but suck it up and refuse. 😒

seemebeawesome | seemebeawesome

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