Quoting Bella's Mommy ♥:" My friends had a lot of financial issues hit her in the past couple months (mostly out of her control, ... [snip!] ... so little...you know? I know its not about the gifts and all that jazz so if that's your response keep it to yourself "
Maybe she doesn't want to have to worry about paying you back next month?
8 year olds are the hardest to buy for! My daughter is getting an electric guitar, mario cart for wii, a brave doll, girl legos, an archery set from brave,...
Depending on your price limit, you could get her an ereader.