Dear Prudence: So-called friend rebuffs gift

  • by: Emily Yoffe , Slate
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Q: A close family friend and I have kids that are around the same age, and we both always buy birthday gifts for the other’s children. Recently, I gave my friend’s daughter a gift for her birthday. The gift came from a store that only has a website — there is no brick and mortar store to return a gift to. About a week later, my friend contacted me to tell me that her daughter didn’t like the gift, so she sent it back, and she was upset that the company that I bought it from wouldn’t pay for the return postage. She told me that the next time she sees me, I can give her a check for the return postage, and also mentioned that, since her child is extremely hard to buy for, she doesn’t know what else I can give her. Is it my responsibility to pay for the return postage and also do I need to replace this gift for her child? If not, what can I say to her?

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