My DH , MIL and BIL still ring each other every year with a list of what they want each other to buy for Xmas.
Never mind we have been a single income family struggling financially. It is still expected we buy top dollar (eg $200) gifts for both MIL and BIL and you guessed it, there is no money left for DH to buy me a $20 present.
I'm sick to hell of it but I can't ever see it ending. I have suggested a kris kringle but MIL and BIL aren't keen because they only have DH and our kids to buy for, so don't see a problem
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29-12-2014 12:19 #191
29-12-2014 12:34 #192
Seriously it is wrong to put them above you. It will built a resentment over the years if you don't.
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29-12-2014 13:56 #195
SIL buys some crap presents. This year she got me a set of placemats which don't colour coordinate with my kitchen and it has a pic of a grass tree in which she says "I know you like the grass tree" um not sure what gave her that idea as I had to ask dh what sort of tree it was . Last year she bought me a chunky hippy type watch that soooo isn't me. She always buys the boys a heap of little things which drives me insane, they either break easily or get lost. Would much rather they be given something for their special shelves, one decent pressie rather than a heap of crappy junk ones. My other SIL has bought me perfume and dh aftershave for the past 6 years. I put alot of thought into pressures I buy but not everyone does... Obviously
29-12-2014 14:23 #196
this is not about a crap present, but this will take the cake for the way to return an unwanted gift. The grandparents took the gift to their 8yr granddaughter for her birthday. granddaughter opened the gift, played with it and was very happy with the gift. the grandparents left the house and took a short while before getting back to their own home. in the meantime, daughter in law, came home, saw the present from grandparents, she took it from her daughter, drove back to the grandparents, and tossed the gift out of the car as she drove by. a neighbour saw the gift flying out of the car and the neighbour put the gift together with the card and the wrapping paper at the grandparents front door. this is a true story, and I am just dumbfounded. I know the grandparents and they totally don't deserve this sort of treatment. marie.
05-01-2015 12:59 #197
I got a cheap $2 store candle... It's smaller than my thumb. From BILs wife...
We got her 2 T2 sets- one with a cup, saucer, tea leaves, and strainer/plunger. The other is an assortment of tea things. She's Chinese and loves tea, and mentioned T2 when we asked what she wanted.
BIL gave me a $50 JB HI-FI voucher from him and his daughter, so yay.
05-01-2015 13:21 #198
My ex MIL and I are on good terms with each other and she sent me a little gift in the mail with DDs Christmas present.
It was the two ugliest scarves in the world, and two hankies. I appreciate the thought, but the scarves have gone straight to the dress-up box and I'm not sure what to do with the hankies.....
05-01-2015 14:10 #199
MIL has been labelled the crap gift-giver by DH's ex, and BIL's wife.
She gave them both a beautiful food platter (I like those things) which she found randomly. She told me she didn't put any thought into it, as she can't stand either of them and neither get her anything (I suggested she not by them something but she's too polite).
I, on the otherhand, got a beautiful hand-made filigree silver necklace and earring set from their holiday months ago- she planned well ahead, and knows I only wear silver. I put them on Christmas Day and haven't taken them off since.
BILs wife threw her platter in the bin, and DH's ex re-gifted hers and b*tched at the kids...
05-01-2015 15:48 #200
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