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Do you ask for what you want for your birthday, from family and friends?

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I generally do from family but not from friends.
Friends don't seem to ask but family sometimes do, and depending on who they are, I sometimes tell them if there is something in particular.

Like this birthday (today!!) I asked for a particular plant that I am having trouble finding - at first I said, buy nothing, but then remembered they live in a different area and may be able to get the plant in their area!
by Finy
Happy Birthday Finy!
by jonaja
thank you both for birthday wishes!
by Finy
Never. It is mainly my brother and daughter and they are SO good at buying gifts for me that I could never complain . . . they get it right every time. We didn't grow up with birthdays so I am always a bit flustered at receiving gifts.
by Rice
I don't ask, but I get asked by family. My friends and I don't generally by each other presents, we are more likely to catch up for a meal instead.
My mother has been asking me since 2 months before my birthday what I want, and she stipulated that it has to be something that she can make or something that she would enjoy shopping for. I have absolutely no ideas what would meet her criteria!
If I know what I want then I will tell my parents that is what I would like. They always ask me anyway, because in general they don't know what to get me otherwise.
We don't buy family presents anymore, thank heavens, & my husband will pay for dresses I buy & keep them for my Birthdays or Christmas. He now has them until Christmas '19, so I hope I don't find anymore I want, as it will be a VERY long wait for them! My friends know I love the Eiffel Tower in Paris & flamingos, so they usually buy me something along those lines, or hand cream, which may seem boring, but I love it anyway. Now as we're getting older, I'd rather just go out for a meal together & skip the presents!
by Miro
Family usually ask me what I would like for my birthday or Christmas. If there is a good book out that takes my fancy, then I will usually suggest that. I find that I usually have most things that I need. I often get cat related items as well. My son gave me a cushion with a cat on it for Mothers Day this year. Sometimes my daughter will get me a massage voucher for the local day spa . I can never have enough of those. My friends and I have an unwritten rule that we don't buy gifts. We usually go out for lunch somewhere instead. I am a bit strange in that I often buy my own gifts, if I see them when I am out shopping, and family pick one, and reimburse me the cost. That way, I know that I am getting what I want. It saves them going shopping for a gift, and running around all day looking for the right thing. Everyones a winner.

I would not do that at all.
My family have said 'Oh we do not know what to get you'.
I have said a small gift card (meaning it can be for even $10) is wonderful :)
It is easy for them, and great for me....
Some people hate them, but I love a gift card. Especially that large hardware chain. A girl can never have too many drill bits, saws, hammers and screwdrivers. LOL
by Rice
Oh Rice we are soo much alike. :)
by jonaja
by Rice
by jonaja
no, i TELL them & hope 4 the best :)
If they ask, I will tell.
by Vee
I generally do if there is something that I really want
by AJ
No, because both parties' know my likes eg box of chocolates, or a lovely scented candle.
My needs now are simple ones.
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