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Old 08-26-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Then it should be equally extremely rude to give a person a gift that is so expensive that they cannot reciprocate. Such a gift may be viewed as manipulative and putting a person in a position of 'owing' you. Certainly, it is not in the Spanish heritage to want to do such a thing?
I would agree on the manipulative aspect of it, but that's truly up to you as to whether or not you would even want to give a gift of equal standing back to the friend. That being said, we just do not not accept gifts; it doesn't happen, ever, unless (like I said earlier) you want to be shamed by your family and community.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I would agree on the manipulative aspect of it, but that's truly up to you as to whether or not you would even want to give a gift of equal standing back to the friend. That being said, we just do not not accept gifts; it doesn't happen, ever, unless (like I said earlier) you want to be shamed by your family and community.
I would think that I would be obligated to give a gift of like value to maintain my self respect.

This reminds me a bit of some people with whom I worked who would throw special occasion parties (b'days, showers) and invite even remote acquaintances just to receive more gifts. Ugh.
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