My mum always taught me to be grateful for gifts, but clearly, this bride’s mum didn’t share the same values. This newly-wed was furious that a close mate had the audacity to gift her a very cheap Kmart gift.

The woman, who hails from Queensland, has vented on a Facebook group complaining that she was disgusted that her bestie had given her a cheap Kmart gift.

She said that her friend’s family (including the friend’s husband and kids) had gifted her two $5 Kmart towels, even though they were special guests at the very “exclusive” wedding.

She said the thoughtless Kmart gift was a “slap in the face” and very hurtful.

This Hurt Us A Lot!

Her post read:

“Has anyone received any wedding gifts in the past that were a slap in the face? How did you deal with it?

“My partner and I had a very exclusive wedding, all inclusive and the focus was our guests.

“Our best friend, husband and kids knew this and gifted us two Kmart towels, a total value of about $10.

“This hurt us a lot, as it was a slap in the face. We don’t know how to deal with it.”

You’re Mean!

The bride was obviously expecting lots of sympathy and affirmation that her gripe was justified. But instead, the majority of the commenters accused her of being “shallow” and “mean”.

“Are you actually serious? It’s not about what you get out of it,” said one.

“Maybe it’s all they can afford?” suggested another.

“Be thankful they wanted to be there to celebrate your special day and focus on the qualities in their personalities rather than the material items they may or may not have given you,” advised one person.

“Those people who only care about getting gifts really frustrate the hell out of me. At this rate, my wedding will be the first time I see my parents in two years (by that stage), my sister in about three years and my best friends in five years … all because of this freaking virus.”

I Would Love A Kmart Gift!

Others said they would be thrilled to receive a Kmart gift:

“Kmart towels are an awesome gift, who cares how much they cost. What a shallow person.”

Do you think this bride is justified in being disgruntled by the Kmart gift? Would you be upset if you received this gift for your wedding? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I do understand where she is coming from BUT I would NEVER say it to anyone apart from my partner and esecially not post it anywhere either,

    I know that you shouldn’t expect anything and they should just be there but I agree with the other member if that really did happen when you have an “exclusive wedding” I guarantee most people would be quite surprised. It could have at least been personalised.

    I personally would rather not receive anything and just have their company at the wedding. If that was me I could never buy a cheap gift like that for someone as I believe you should try cover the cost of your meal at least or close to and if I couldn’t afford it I wouldn’t attend. People are very judgmental these days and I would not put myself in the position to be spoken about like that. I always give cash or get something I know I would like in return for any situation.


  • Expect little and you will be happy with what you receive.


  • Maybe her best friend wasn’t in a position to spend more than that?


  • I feel like a lot of people who say they wouldn’t be offended by such a “cheap” gift are lying.
    I get that not everyone can afford expensive gifts but I think the thought of gifting someone something like that is a bit thoughtless. They could have at least had it embroidered with a Mr. and Mrs. just to have given it a bit more meaning.


  • It’s not about the gifts. If she’s such a special friend you shouldn’t care it’s the fact she made the effort to attend.


  • I had an intimate wedding and said no gifts. We were gifted a set of bedsheets (not overly expensive or fancy, or needed) but we treated it with the same enthusiasm as if it had been something amazing, because they knew they didn’t have to and they still chose to give us something… on top of performing our wedding ceremony for free


  • I am happy to receive any reward.


  • WOW! Even if you weren’t happy, maybe keep it to yourself. No need to publicly shame someone. Selfish. And no understanding of how your best friend may have been financially. Maybe it’s all they could afford.


  • I remember when my sister got married and she received 3 kettles, 2 toasters and some towels. I think people forget that not everyone that you invite has extra money for expensive gift. It should be their presence not their present that you want.


  • Honestly with how bad this year has been for so many you think this bride would be a lot kinder no one knows any ones money situation


  • When I got married, I insisted that we put a bunch of things on our registry that cost $5-10, because I knew some of our friends didn’t have a lot of money, and didn’t want them buying things for us they couldn’t afford.


  • Just accept whatever you get and get on with it.


  • Maybe if you have a wedding you should focus on enjoying it yourself and not trying to impress others. If you are so intent on what presents you get, I feel sorry for your husband and the expectations you will put on him in the future. Good Luck.


  • I disagree. I’d gift nothing under $50 for a wedding. If they can afford to go to the wedding surely they could have found a nicer gift than towels..


  • No I think that she is being very mean especially putting it on social media? At least they gave a gift . If she wanted specific things she should have done a gift registry


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