The story in the OP does not make it clear whether he just casually mentioned that he'd make an album AFTER having been paid, or whether that was like, part of the deal for the amount paid. If part of what they paid was for the album and knew that when deciding on an amount, then you are under contract, and simply walking away would basically be theft. I would choose one of three options: 1) Give them the album they paid for. If it costs more than you charged then that's your fault for charging less than your costs (which can't possibly be higher now than before. Inflation doesn't count since you could have been earning interest on the money). 2) Reimburse them what they paid for the album, or the whole amount if it's unclear how much was for that. 3) Given them the option of paying your current rates or being reimbursed as in #2. ^ All 3 are fair I think, but I have listed them in ascending order of how much of a douchebag they will make you look. If you suggested the album after they paid you / they weren't factoring that into the price, then you DON'T have a contract for the album (contracts require something of value from both parties, not one sided gifts), and I think it's fair just to try and drop the issue. It won't score you any brownie points with the family, it is technically fair. Though I would suggest against this anyway, though, for the paltry sum of $200-300 it isn't worth the reputation hit. And at the very least I would still offer one of the 3 options above anyway. Obviously option #1 above is the best for your reputation.