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#1 Moneypenny2014

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

DD is part of a Secret Santa with a few of her preschool friends this coming weekend. The price range we had to buy within was $10-$15 and I ordered a gorgeous hardcover book online for our gift recipient who loves books. The book was posted to us from the UK. When we received it however, it was a mini edition and not the full size version I thought we were getting! The ad didnt say that it was the mini one and when I contacted the shop, whilst they said they would refund my money upon returning the book, it really isnt worth it given I will have to post the book back overseas. They dont have the full size edition in stock either to replace it and I cant find the book here in Australia.
I had also bought this book for my daughter for Christmas some time ago (the full size one) which is why I bought it for her little friend too as its just gorgeous. My daughters book is wrapped with a sticker from Santa on it.
Now, my dilemma is what to do because the book is smaller than what I'd hoped (ie 12cm tall x 17cm wide) though it is a beautifully bound hardcover all the same.
Do I :
a) give our gift recipient the full size book I had put away for my daughter and order another full size edition hoping it will arrive by Christmas for DD, or
b) give our gift recipient the mini edition and something else with it like bubble bath and a little purse I had put away in our "presents box" that I have for when we need extra little gifts from time to time
The mini edition is lovely all the same, its just small!
I dont want our gift to appear cheap, despite the fact we have spent within the price range.

#2 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

I would give the mini edition, possibly with a bottle of bubble bath.

#3 Black Velvet

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

I would do option B.

#4 ekbaby

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

I would give the mini-edition, without even thinking about it. Preschoolers don't think about whether a gift is "cheap".

#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

So long as it's not missing half the story, I'd give her the mini version.

To me a hardcover book isn't something cheap.

#6 her mum

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

I would give the mini book, plus the bubble bath/purse as you thought. I think that would definitely still look like $10-15 worth.

#7 Therese

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

I would give the mini edition with something else small.

#8 Moneypenny2014

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

Thanks girls - no it isnt missing half the storey, its exactly the same as the large version, just smaller.
The book is really lovely printed on beautiful paper too I was just dissapointed about the size of it!
I will go with Option B like you all suggested and put something else little with it.
Thank you for your reassurance xx

#9 Funwith3

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

As long as you spend within the budget, id definitely do option B.

#10 TheGreenSheep

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

Mini edition. Sounds lovely that you have put so much thought into it. Don't stress! I'm sure they will love it.

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