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Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:02:10 AM »
My neighbors and I generally give each other cards for the holidays and a small gift (food, plant, ornament, etc.). There are 8 houses that do this and there's no gift exchange. We just leave them on each other's doorsteps when we have time. I usually bake some type of cookies and give them out. One of the neighbors, Becky, also usually has a small gathering at her house one night for the ladies. Dinner is potluck and she'll provide dessert.

One year, I baked 5 different kinds of cookies/treats and gave about 10 of each kind on a platter to each neighbor. Let's say the different kinds of cookies were A, B, C, D and E. A few days later, at the ladies' gathering, on the dessert tray that Becky provided were three of my 5 types of cookies, plus a few other things she'd added. I realized they were a gift, and hers to do with as she pleased. At the time, it amused me somewhat, because it made it clear to me that she clearly really liked cookie types A and B as she didn't provide any of those on the plate, but 8 or 9 of each of C, D and E were there. That indicated to me that she or someone in her family had tasted C, D and E and determined that they weren't as worthy of saving for later.

This year, I didn't have time to bake and so I bought the neighbors toffee from a specific company and each piece is individually wrapped in foil with their logo. At Becky's party a week later, there were various desserts and a bowl full of the toffee that I had given her.

I do understand that the gifts are hers to share. I just don't think that I, personally, would have offered people desserts that they would all recognize. Especially if the original desert giver were present. Would you do this?

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 03:36:16 AM »

I wouldn't be bothered at all by someone doing this, and might do it myself.  During the holiday season, putting out gifted treats to share can be a survival tactic, rather than a deliberate slight.

Cookies in particular don't last forever, and at Christmas it's easy to be overwhelmed by masses of baked goods and sweets - both stuff you've made/bought yourself, and stuff you've been gifted.  If you *don't* share them, you may end out throwing them out after they go stale, or when you hit a point in mid January where you don't want to face another gingerbread cookie or shortbread. Sharing the goodies can get the maximum enjoyment from the maximum number of people, without wasting stuff.


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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 03:43:49 AM »

Assuming she is not doing or saying anything else to make you feel she does not appreciate your baking and/or choice of gift, I would not necessarily interpret the same way as you. In fact, I kind of think it is a compliment, in that she obviously thinks your baking and choice of toffee are high quality enough to serve to her guests! No hostess wants to serve yuck food. Regarding the cookies/treats that weren't served, perhaps they were just her particular favorites and she had already eaten them?

In my own home, we are typically flooded with all different kinds of treats at Christmas that we don't normally have in the house. If she has a similar over-supply of sweets, sharing with guests could also be her way of making sure they are eaten and not wasted (as per what Blarg posted while I was typing...).

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 10:26:48 AM »
I would probably serve them, too.  Because the only waste of Christmas baking for me is spelled 'waist'.   ;D
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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 10:32:27 AM »
I don't think it's inconsiderate at all.

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 11:34:24 AM »
Why would you think that it is inconsiderate? Inconsiderate to who?

If anything, she is giving you an chance to see your gift enjoyed.

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 11:36:00 AM »
Another vote for not rude, but maybe thoughtless. The only minor issue could be that it does have the appearance of "regifting" in front of the person who gave the gift. "I don't want these, here you take them." To spare your feelings, perhaps she should have passed them along to someone else privately so you wouldn't know.
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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 11:40:39 AM »
Why would you think that it is inconsiderate? Inconsiderate to who?

If anything, she is giving you an chance to see your gift enjoyed.
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And given that if you gave her 10 cookies of 5 different types, that is 50 cookies.  While I don't know the size of her family that seems like a lot for them to consume, especially if they receive cookies from others or bake their own. 

I know a friend holds an open house each year and the majority of the sweets out are gifts from neighbors and friends who are in attendance.


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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 11:47:40 AM »
Wait, inconsiderate?  I thought that's why people gave batches of cookies: To serve at their holiday get togethers!  You don't actually expect she and her family eat all the cookies themselves do you?

I think it was a compliment - as already pointed out no one wants to serve yucky treats at their party, she obviously deemed them party quality.

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 11:53:21 AM »
Why would you think that it is inconsiderate? Inconsiderate to who?

If anything, she is giving you an chance to see your gift enjoyed.

Podding this to the nth.

I think it's a great thing to do. You get to see your gift enjoyed and she does not eat 50 cookies. I think this is the opposite of inconsiderate. I think it is reasonable and kind and hospitable.

Your treat is being enjoyed with friends and family which is exactly the right thing to happen to treats. This is the happy ending that holiday cookies are made for.

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2012, 11:56:45 AM »
Add me on in saying it's not rude.  I do this myself.  We are overwhelmed with cookies and baked goods during the holiday seasons and if we didn't share them with houseguests, then we'd have to throw them out as there are literally too many for us to eat. 

I've seen this done with things I've provided as well.  I think it's pretty common.

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2012, 12:05:43 PM »
Another vote for not rude, but maybe thoughtless. The only minor issue could be that it does have the appearance of "regifting" in front of the person who gave the gift. "I don't want these, here you take them." To spare your feelings, perhaps she should have passed them along to someone else privately so you wouldn't know.

This is what I was feeling. Like she was regifting in front of me. But I'm glad that most people don't seem to think that I should feel slighted.

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2012, 12:17:16 PM »
My husband does a cookie exchange at work specifically so that no one has to bake a zillion kinds of cookies for their family parties. Actually, we are baking a gross of cookies today (sugar-cookie cinnamon rolls :) ) because he has to bring them in this week. Trust me, I am not planning to personally consume 12 dozen cookies- they will be out for parties and general nibbling :)
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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2012, 12:52:55 PM »
Another vote for not rude, but maybe thoughtless. The only minor issue could be that it does have the appearance of "regifting" in front of the person who gave the gift. "I don't want these, here you take them." To spare your feelings, perhaps she should have passed them along to someone else privately so you wouldn't know.

This is what I was feeling. Like she was regifting in front of me. But I'm glad that most people don't seem to think that I should feel slighted.

I don't think you can call this 're-gifting' unless she gave the whole batch to someone. Think of it this way, if you have given her a bottle of wine, and she offered to pour a glass for anyone who wanted some, would that be re-gifting as well?

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Re: Would you do this? Is it inconsiderate?
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2012, 01:27:02 PM »
Another vote for not rude, but maybe thoughtless. The only minor issue could be that it does have the appearance of "regifting" in front of the person who gave the gift. "I don't want these, here you take them." To spare your feelings, perhaps she should have passed them along to someone else privately so you wouldn't know.

This is what I was feeling. Like she was regifting in front of me. But I'm glad that most people don't seem to think that I should feel slighted.

Danika, Was it your expectation that the family would eat all of the cookies you provided?  I'm like WillyNilly, Christmas treats are to be shared with friends.  Regifting would be if she took your cookies, packed them up as individual party favors and handed them out to the guests to take home.