I say thanks but that's it. I don't think anyone other than MIL expects photos of the girls in the clothes she gives. My mum does sometimes but she knows I really am sucky at doing that so has given up asking. I think appreciation of the gifts with a thankyou is enough for me whether or not I'm the receiver or the giver.
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08-05-2012 08:51 #51
08-05-2012 09:02 #52
I'm quite surprised at how unwelcome some gifts are! No stuffed toys, don't try to buy anything 'too special', don't buy a special outfit that might trump what the parents buy... I'm getting the impression some gifts are viewed as an imposition. I don't personally like every gift I get, but I sure do appreciate everything we're given and let the giver know that.
I agree its good manners to dress them in the outfit, or send a photo in a thank you card or at the very least, give a genuine thank you and tell them next time you see them that the gift is used and appreciated. I think that if you don't show gratitude and grace when receiving a gift then you shouldn't expect many gifts...
08-05-2012 09:06 #53
It's strange because it seems like what you'd do with someone you don't like, not someone you get along well with? Anomalous to our relationship...
Like I said, not going to raise it with her, just was curious if I'm in the minority with the whole 'showing' someone you appreciate their gift as well as thanking them...
08-05-2012 09:08 #54
OP I would stop buying him lovely clothes and start buying really noisy annoying plastic toys. That'll learn your SIL
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08-05-2012 09:09 #55
08-05-2012 09:14 #56
Every time I see something I want to buy him, I'm going to put that money into my savings account instead so when the time comes I can spend big on my own little one
08-05-2012 09:41 #57
08-05-2012 09:46 #58
My sister feels exactly the same, until now I thought we were the only ones!
08-05-2012 09:49 #59
Totally agree re the stuffed toys. Hate them and refuse to buy them as gifts
08-05-2012 09:55 #60
Oh wow, I must be terrible! If I don't like the outfit, I say thank you and give it away to charity or pass it onto somebody who has different taste. I won't put it on DS unless DH and I like it. I've received 4 pairs of overalls and I've given them away because I absolutely hate them.
When I do keep a gift, I say thank you but I don't put it on DS when we see that person the next time. I just put anything on him for that day.
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