A mum has been criticised for making a homemade gift for her daughter to take to her friend’s birthday party instead of buying one.
The woman explained that she was skilled at crochet and enjoys creating new patterns in her spare time.
So when her daughter told her her friend’s birthday party was coming up, she had the perfect present idea – a personalised knitted jumper.
She explained: “I always check with the birthday child’s parents for clothing size and favourite character/animal/whatever so the child will like the sweater.
“It’s something unique and special I love doing. The recipients have always been excited and the parents love them.”
The mum explained that she had made several jumpers before and had always had a good reaction from the recipients, until her daughter went to a party armed with one of the homemade gifts.
She added: “A friend of mine (unrelated to the party in any way) and I were talking and I mentioned my daughter getting to go to a birthday party for the first time since all the craziness started this year.
“She looked me dead in the eye and said ‘you’re not making a sweater this time are you?’ I was hurt and asked what she meant.
“She went on to say how it’s really tacky to bring a handmade present and if I can’t afford a present I shouldn’t let my daughter go. I didn’t know how to respond.”
But the jumpers actually cost around $80, approximately £62, to make and two weeks worth of work.
The mum concluded her post on Reddit by saying: “I always enjoyed giving children something unique and special that’s made just for them. Now I’m confused is it really tacky? Or is it thoughtful like I thought.”
And users who were stunned by how rude her friend was, were quick to defend her thoughtfulness and hardwork.
One said: “This friend of yours is the one being tacky thinking a store-bought plastic gift is any better than a gift you made yourself and so much thought a love went into it. Your gift is something the parents will cherish and keep, not throw away after it breaks after playing with it twice.”
Another said: “That’s some homegrown bt right there. You’d get off cheaper and easier if you went and bought an overpriced piece of plastic. You keep doing what you’re doing. And when it comes time to present that ‘friend’ with a gift, make sure she gets an overpriced piece of plastic.”
A third added: “If someone hand-crochet my daughter a sweater for her birthday, that would be something that I keep forever and then allow her to give to her child. Makes me tear up a bit thinking of a kid unwrapping such a cool gift!”
And: “If someone knitted my kids an $80 blanket I’d probably cry of joy,” said a fourth.