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lilblu

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Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:50:33 PM »
I gave someone a Christmas gift and as it turns out, they had just recently purchased the same item for themselves. Am I supposed to offer to take it back/exchange it? I can't actually return it, so I would be stuck with it. I can buy another similar item for around the same price I paid, but it's not going to be as nice because I got a huge discount the first time and now I won't.

In case anyone is wondering, we exchanged Christmas gifts very late this year.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 01:54:46 PM »
Just to clarify - you gave a gift, then the person told you they already had that item?  I don't think you need to do anything.  You gave them a gift you thought they would like (and were right about that!).  Maybe they can use two or save one for later.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 02:44:14 PM »
No you are not obligated to take it back or offer anything (and if they pointed out they had a second of the item, as opposed to you finding out by accident, that is kind of rude in itself).

lilblu

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 09:00:30 PM »
They didn't tell me they already had the item. Before we opened presents they were showing me these seasonal glass collectibles they had just purchased a few weeks ago. The one they showed me was the same one I had bought them as a gift. I didn't know what to do, so I didn't say anything. When they opened their presents, they realized what happened. Then a little later they offered to give me the one they had bought for themself, but I had bought one for me too. But we can't take it back.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 11:38:11 PM »
No, you don't need to offer to take it back or buy them something else.  You bought them a gift you knew they would enjoy.  It just so happened that they already had it.  This happens sometimes, many times the giver never knows.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2013, 03:27:26 PM »
Nope, you are fine, as you didn't have any way of knowing that the recipient ahd just bought themselves the same thing!

The only time I will offer/do this is with my mom.  For christmas she asked for a new winter nightgown.  She likes a particular style, and fabric, and as I got a good deal, I bought her two. She asked, and said to me, she only really needs one, but could I return it, and maybe get her one for summer, instead. Since its' my mom, and I live 8 hours away, it wasn't an issue at all. I returned the first one, and she's got an IOU for a different once, when they come out.

But anyone else, I'd let the giftee decide what to do, or if I'm given a duplicate gift, I figure out what to do with it.  And when giving, whenver possible, I include a gift receipt, but in this case, it sounds like maybe it was a one of a kind item, so not possible to do that.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 01:54:25 PM »
I would offer to give them the receipt if you can.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2013, 01:56:45 PM »
I would offer to give them the receipt if you can.

I'd agree with this.  You're not obligated to do anything, but it would be very nice to offer a gift receipt or to take it back and get something else.

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Re: Duplicate Gift - Offer to take back?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2013, 08:53:52 PM »
I would offer to give them the receipt if you can.

OP said that it can't be returned.  In other situations this would be nice to do if you still have receipt. but not necessary.