“My dad asked for a present of £600 for his birthday – I don’t have that much money”

A stressed-out daughter says her father would “sulk like a kid” and say she doesn’t care if she didn’t buy the extravagant gift he wanted for his 60th birthday

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Her father wanted an expensive present (stock photo)

A daughter has shocked the internet after revealing her family’s extravagant birthday gift wishes.

An anonymous user visited the popular online forum mom net to explain how she had to set aside “substantial savings” to meet her parents’ expensive gift demands – but she was struggling now.

“It was recently my 60th birthday and he wanted a present from me and my siblings worth £600,” reads the post.

“He would have pouted like a kid that if we didn’t get it, we wouldn’t take care of him, even though we both have very average salaries…

“My mum is looking to get a massage and stay at a certain spa hotel for her birthday in October, which will probably cost me around £600/700 [or more] For both of us”.

The daughter says her parents have not given her anything over £30 for her birthday for the last ten years


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She continued: “Just to note my parents are working class, comfortable but by no means wealthy and have not given me anything over £20/30 for my birthdays in the last 10 years.”

Adding to her parents’ demands, the woman says her partner has “hinted” tickets to an expensive sporting event which would cost around £500, including a night’s accommodation in a hotel.

Her siblings also want a new iPhone – which would mean she’d spend another £200.

“I do not have that much money!” She said online. “Neither do any of them, so why do they have these expectations?”

Luckily, the majority of Mumsnet users sided with the woman, with one person branding her parents “crazy”.

“I don’t know anyone in my family who would be so naughty,” one person wrote.

Another added: “It sounds like you’ve fallen into a pattern of giving extravagant gifts feeding the expectation etc.

“I think you need to have an open conversation with your family and say it’s gotten silly and you can’t afford it, so from now on you’re going to give thoughtful but inexpensive gifts.”

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