I know there have been plenty of threads about parents' and friends' reactions towards your dolls, but i haven't really seen one specifically geared towards breaking the news to the parents/SO about owning a doll, and paying hundreds for it (if there is, sorry ^^. My first doll will be coming next month, and as I live with my parents and have no intentions of hiding a large SD in my small wardrobe, my attentive mum is sure to see her. She won't be as bothered by the presence of a doll (she likes dolls in general) as the knowledge of how much I spent on the doll. Although I paid for the doll myself, she's not going to be pleased to know that I spent so much on a doll when the money could be 'saved for emergencies'. I haven't got any passionate stories to convince her otherwise; my reason for buying my doll was a simple 'I like her'. Of course my solution is to lie and mark down the price significantly myself but my mum has a good eye for prices and im sure she'd be aware that the good workmanship of bjds would cost more than whatever price I intend to quote. So how did u drop the bomb without letting it explode? Do share! All right before you start lecturing me about my use of exaggerated expressions: Some of us do have people around us with narrow concepts of money. I've been through rows with my parents over spending on clothes, and I know of people who've gone through the same thing. Remember that to the average outsider who has no interest in BJDs, they are simply toys that do not deserve that much money spent on them. It's different from buying a new iphone, a plasma tv, an LV bag, or even a 10k swarowski lamp, which most people consider the pricing to be justified simply because they are mainstream consumer goods. And much as I agree that I have every absolute right to spend my own money as long as I'm not shelving my financial responsibilities for my hobby, some of us like to do it without causing alarm or anger to our loved ones. Let's keep this constructive. If you have nothing useful, interesting or funny to add, don't let me hold you up.