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Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post
Seriously overstepping boundaries.

Maybe you should do a prank bag of "goodwill" and buy a vibrator to put in the bag. It will cure the nosey.
.... Oh I like the way you think!

My MIL rocks. She does occasionally give the boys cheapo toys that she finds for next to nothing, but she tells me upfront they'll enjoy them for a day then I can quietly ditch them after they lose interest For us grown ups, she buys very nice gifts so I have never experienced having to donate or otherwise get rid of things she has given us. She has very much come on board with the no plasticrap battery op toys though.. and she tries to not buy mic items either. Actually, 9/10 things she buys come from my favourite kids product store so I know they are quality as well as not made with toxic materials GO MIL!

OP, I'd have just given her that look right back.. along with the silly xmas candle holder & easter egg thing You would think after being married to their family members for a few years they would clue in a LITTLE to what kind of person you are and what you might like?
post #42 of 44
I'm nervous about this, but due to the fact that my daughter has 9 sets of aunts and uncles, I have a very open policy that I will goodwill/return/trash any gift that I deem to be junk. One of her aunts has a habit of buying, to quote her "crap from China," another is a fan of cheap plastic battery-requiring toys, etc. I have given out gift ideas, told people our preferences, and mentioned my policy. I feel bad about it, but otherwise I'll have a house full of junk I don't want in a few years.

Of course, this is her first Christmas, so we haven't had to institute this policy yet.
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by Rowansmama View Post
A couple of years ago DH told his mom to stop sending us things we don't need for Christmas. All that stuff just ends up in our yard sale, and it's a waste of money. We move a lot (military) and hate clutter. She was offended, but now only sends us consumables for gifts

I felt bad about offending her, but it was either be honest or have her send us useless items for the next 30 years or whatever. Ungrateful? Maybe. But we haven't had to have a yard sale in a couple of years!
I had to tell my grandmother the same thing. She collects all manner of freebies and junk off the shopping channels and then spends a small fortune shipping it to us. It's always junk. I told her to stop wasting her money (she's on a very limited income) that we had everything we needed and she stopped.
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
Why did you DH even mention the Goodwill boxes to her?
no clue. I think he was in there looking for an empty box to wrap something in and she just followed him, getting into everything.

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Originally Posted by greenmansions View Post
OP, LOL at your MIL.
I wish *I* could "LOL" at my MIL....more like or for me. She sent us a thank you card for her recent visit and her/FIL gifts and she addressed the inside of the card "Dear DH, DD, and me,"....what? Then she writes below it in parentheses, "the order does NOT mean anything". Whatever, lady. I can't stand her.

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Originally Posted by mommaof3boz View Post
Seriously overstepping boundaries.
This is her main mission in life, I think. She has no clue what boundaries even *are*, but that's a whole other post!

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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
I wouldn't have lied. I'd have told MIL "Yes, we're giving that away. We don't need it and we don't want it taking up our precious storage space. You're welcome to it if you'd like." Then you wouldn't be "stuck with it" and MIL might have a better idea of what kinds of gifts you're likely to keep.
I should have done what you said and saved myself some future trouble! Really it's more a matter of personal taste versus storage space though. But same principle applies, I guess.

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Originally Posted by nascarbebe View Post
Is moving an option for you?
Yes, we're moving next year...CLOSER to MIL.
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