Is there a strict rule for when one should use「~てきてくれる」vs 「~てくれる」?

I thought the part about being the benefactor is already captured by 「くれる」. The sentence I am thinking about is the following:


Is it not possible to drop the 来て from the sentence? What did I lose if I drop it?

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    Well, the parents have to come back with the お土産...
    – Eddie Kal
    Jan 11 at 4:24

You can definitely drop it.

I think there are two implied meanings with ‘きて’くれる. As you know, きて means ‘come’, go out of the way. It means his or her parents took time to buy souvenirs for their children and implies the parents’ effort and speaker’s appreciation to the parents.

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