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To give friend birthday present in bashed box?

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Easypeelers Tue 09-May-17 19:37:14

Bought my friend a fancy skincare device online for her birthday. It is normally quite expensive over £50 but was reduced on eBay to £35, they were selling a few of them so was probably sold off stock from somewhere. We normally only spend about £30 max on gifts plus we have a meal and the theatre planned and I will get her chocolates as well.

The device arrived today and the box is all bashed up. I opened it to check it was working and it is but I feel bad about the bashed box I have no time to return it as am seeing her on Friday and really wanted to get her the skin light.

Would it be really bad to give it to her in the bashed box and just explain it got bashed in the post and that I opened it to check it was working?

I am worried she will think I am regifting when I'm not,

AlmostAJillSandwich Tue 09-May-17 19:39:04

A box goes right in the bin, i wouldn't bat an eyelid at a bashed box, especially given your explanation and would appreciate you tested to make sure it turned on first.

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 09-May-17 19:50:18

I would automatically think you're regifting.

If the box is so bashed, why not wrap up in a nice gift box instead, explaining after they've opened what happened?

Easypeelers Tue 09-May-17 19:56:33

Oh no trolley really! Wouldn't a new box look even more like a regift?

I really have no idea what to give her now and her birthday night out will be at least £65.


LadyPenelope67 Tue 09-May-17 19:59:50

Just tell her what happened. If she doesn't believe you, she's not a friend worth going to all that bother for! So just wait to see what her reaction is before you give her the chocolates grin

PeppaPigTastesLikeBacon Tue 09-May-17 20:03:53

Just tell her you ordered it online and was bashed in the post. You opened it to check it was working as it didn't turn up with enough time to switch it.

It's the thought that counts. I wouldn't mind a bashed box

MackerelOfFact Tue 09-May-17 20:11:14

This happened to me a fair bit over Xmas, ordered stuff online and the packaging arrived squashed. angry I wouldn't care if it was for me, but you want to give a gift in nice condition.

I would just give it in the original box and apologise for the state of it, it arrived bashed up. I totally get when it's annoying though.

Beckywiththebadhair Tue 09-May-17 20:25:14

The box wouldn't bother me. I would just be very grateful for a brilliant present. Tell her the truth that it came bashed and you opened to check it was okay. If she isn't okay with that then find a nicer friend.

MrsELM21 Tue 09-May-17 20:34:11

Exactly what Peppa said, I wouldn't be bothered if the actual gift was great

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