What do you think of people giving cash for Christmas presents?
MIL is in the habit of just giving DS (her grandson) cash for presents. She hasn't bought him one present since he was born, just gives cash.
I hate it: I think it impersonal and it's about gift giving for the sake of Gift giving not because they care.
Its not about the presents either,It's about the thought (or lack of). It's like the person couldn't be bothered to put any effort and thought into the other person. I would rather DS get something with meaning and thought whether it be a $2 second hand book, home made card or a hand me down toy. Even an out of the blue phone call on Christmas day, with a special message would do.
I know there are small some cases where giving cash is a good thing (eg oldies can't get out to shop or newlyweds might benefit from cash). And I know there are worse things a MIL could do than send her grandchild cash. It just bugs me and I thought it would an interesting topic to discuss.
Don't get me started on gift cards and cash together. Sometimes relatives give each other cash and gift cards and it's just like musical wallets everyone ends up back at square one. Keep the $ in your own purse and save everyone the hassle!
- I did buy 2 gift cards this Christmas so yes I am a hypocrit.