20-40-60 Etiquette: Gift of friendship is enough!
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CALLIE’S ANSWER: My mom does this with food! But I haven’t seen her offer old gift cards.
That is awkward. Don’t take offense to it, though. I am sure she is trying to be nice. Tell her you would be happy to donate the gifts for her. Hopefully she will realize she doesn’t need to pawn them off to you.
LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: Your friend apparently cares deeply for you and wants to show it.
You have handled it in a nice way by trying to refuse them and also by offering thanks. You could protest the gift card by telling her you’d love for her to spend that money on herself since she’s always doing nice things for others. Another idea would be to reassure her that you’re visiting her because you consider her a dear friend and not because of any gifts.
But you also don’t want to hurt her feelings if she enjoys making the effort with gifts. Smile, say “thank you” and enjoy your friendship.
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