I think if they're good friends they won't be offended by lack of gift from you. Maybe they are the kind of people who just love giving presents - giving to children especially gives some people a lot of happiness.
One of my best (single, no DCs) friends is very generous, he's quite well off and loves to spoil his friends at Xmas. I've kept trying to put him off the hugely expensive lego sets etc but he always insists! I think choosing and giving them, and seeing the DCs play with them, gives him as much joy as my DCs get from receiving them I still feel bad that we can't reciprocate to such an extent (just token things) but he is insistent that he doesn't mind at all.
I was given gifts as a child through my mum's work. It was kindness and the givers didn't expect returns. They were mostly childless themselves or with grown up kids and obviously in a slightly more flush state than my parents! It was nice. It made me feel people respected my Mum actually.
I don't expect they are expecting a return gift. It was delivered at last min. I find lots of joy in choosing and giving a gift. If you really must get them something, get them a family gift - box of very nice chox or a family game
well i managed to get all of the presents for about £15 thanks to some shrewd shopping, boots and aldi. got my mum a lovely gift half price from crabtree and Evelyn. I was abit naughty and opened my present so i didn't embarrass my friend by overspending or underspending. i think she may have done the boots 3 for 2 thing too.
am glad i bought things she has had a terrible year so have bought her something I know she will appreciate.
I wouldn't buy anything back - it's hard not to feel guilty though! I think when people do this they are just trying to be kind and get a lot out of it themselves 'giving'. Unfortunately, they forget about the obligation that comes with it and the fact that the gifts probably aren't really wanted...so that are actually taking rather than giving. I used to do this kind of thing . Well, maybe that is a bit harsh but that's where I am with it at the moment...it will probably change!
Just seen you have sorted it - and enjoyed it! Enjoy the . Maybe I do need to re-think my bah humbug stance!