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post #41 of 63

My neighbor who is a doctor came over to deliver some Xmas goodies.  She made cookies and peppermint bark. 

 

She pointed out that she remembered that I was gluten free -- so I could have the peppermint bark.

 

They were in the same bag, touching each other.

 

*sigh*

post #42 of 63

I got really weird christmas gifts from my inlaws like every year. 

 

Last year I got a scarf, which does not sound to bad I guess, but it was a man's scarf that was on sale at 2003 on aldi. (that was kind of funny)

 

Usually the give me like three ferrefo rocher wrapped in paper or something similar and say something in the lines of: But it's only for mommy to eat...

 

oh -. and as a teenager with an eating disorder I got a book from my grandma: FAT and DUMB.

Honestly, that was the title. Never read it though. 

post #43 of 63

My grandmother is really bad at gift giving.  What makes it even worse is that she says we are too hard to buy for and asks us to tell her exactly what we want so that she makes sure she is buying what we want/need.  So I send her direct links to products on popular, easy to use websites.  All she has to do is click 'add to cart' and 'buy now', but we still end up with totally random gifts.  For example, in college I asked her for a vacuum cleaner.  A couple of weeks later a smallish box arrived addressed to me (it was definitely too small to be a vacuum).  I opened it at Christmas to find a DVD player.  I couldn't even get DVDs where I lived, hell, I didn't even have a tv at that point!  Then just last year I told her that the only thing that I wanted for Christmas was socks or underwear.  I nearly fainted; she said to me...  "Well that's easy enough!  I don't even wear underwear anymore, I'll just send you my old ones so they don't go to waste."  What???  Who does that?  Who gives someone their Old Grandma Underpants as a Christmas gift!?

post #44 of 63
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What???  Who does that?  Who gives someone their Old Grandma Underpants as a Christmas gift!?

Usually it's the mothers-in-law who seem to do it, at least from what I've read on the threads here. :lol

post #45 of 63

I don't have anything horrid, just kind of .... ehh? My parents historically bat about .500; better when we were younger and increasingly bad as time went on. My first Christmas with my husband, they got me an emergency kit for my car. Not too bad of a thing to have, and I don't mind getting practical gifts, but every item was wrapped individually and pretty much everything under the tree for me was that! My mom appropriated a box of fuzzy socks that had been meant for my sister and repurposed them for me when she saw how badly this ended up coming off. This has forever colored my husband's view of my family's gift giving. They are impossible to buy for too. I was relieved when our daughter was born and my mom announced that Christmas should be for children so we will just give gifts to the kids from now on. Works for me! All the adults have everything they could ever need or want. I would rather not get presents than get something that is not at all my thing.

 

They did do a big gift with several portions wrapped up separately one other time when I was younger, but that was a fun item (a loom) so the presentation wasn't a problem in that case. 

 

The year my ex-boyfriend and I were together at Christmas, everyone in his family gave me and his brother's girlfriend all the same gifts. Same coat, same scarf and hat set, same stuffed animal, etc. It felt like neither they nor my boyfriend could really be bothered to figure out what I might be interested in (and probably nobody bothered to figure out what his brother's girlfriend would be interested in either). I still have the coat, which is so not my style but is nice quality and warm... I can't typically bring myself to wear the fake-fur-lined snap-off hood with it. His dad and stepmom between them had 4 grown sons and they got some sort of deal so all the wives & girlfriends got this same coat. 

 

And this wasn't a Christmas present, but the engagement ring story reminded me of it. With a different boyfriend in college, I'd been eyeing this ring from one of those traveling jewelry booths that came to campus, but didn't end up getting it. He bought it for me for my birthday. Which would have been nice except that I had been talking about the future a lot and he was so not even interested in the topic. I think it's kind of thoughtless to buy your girlfriend a ring that isn't an engagement ring when she wants to get engaged or at least discuss it and you don't. (Note: I am not a materialistic person. I would have gotten engaged with that ring, which was a $10 sterling silver ring set with a tigers eye stone, if that had been what he had wanted. But it hadn't even crossed his mind that I might be bothered by this. Gah!) 

post #46 of 63
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Nope. Did you?


Not once.

post #47 of 63

My aunt (who is really a nice person) keeps thinking I am still a size 4, which I have not been for about 10 years. Every year she gives me a cute top that is in size 4 or size Small. This year I got a very nice workout pullover type thing that probably cost about $30 or more. At least it fits my 13 year old and she was happy to have it. 

post #48 of 63
When I was about 12 or 13, my mom got me a blow dryer and a sample pack of Herbal Essence stuff, and a book about how to do your hair. (Maybe I also got clothes and make-up, I don't remember for sure.) I was so bummed. My brothers all got cool, fun things, and I was getting shampoo for Christmas?? To this very day, I only use a blow dryer a few times a year, if that. I still can barely do anything with my hair. My mom really wanted me to be a girlier girl than I was. This was not the first or last time I got the message that I was not good enough the way I was. :P Luckily things have greatly improved since the time my mom basically told me to act dumb so people would like me. (She denies ever saying anything of the sort.)
post #49 of 63

My parents gave me a wedding band for Christmas.  It's 2 sizes too large and very narrow.  I have my own wedding sets and don't need single bands that are too large.  Now I have to figure out how to sell it so I can get some cash.  And this is not the first wedding band they gave me, I got one for birthday last year, too, which was too large as well.  They can't be resized as they're very thin with little gold in them.  I know mom went a little nuts at a jewelry store close-out a while ago.  Don't know why they think it's OK to give wedding bands to people for Christmas.  I suppose I should be happy this is something new.  Sometimes they wrap up stuff they had for years and don't want any more and give to us.  One year we got a demonic possessed singing Christmas tree that scared the kids.  I took the bits of decoration off it and got rid of that. :mischief

post #50 of 63
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  One year we got a demonic possessed singing Christmas tree that scared the kids.  I took the bits of decoration off it and got rid of that. :mischief

Bwahahahahaaa!  Too funny!

post #51 of 63
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I got really weird christmas gifts from my inlaws like every year. 

 

Last year I got a scarf, which does not sound to bad I guess, but it was a man's scarf that was on sale at 2003 on aldi. (that was kind of funny)

 

Hee, hee, it's scarves here too. I don't wear them, ever really. I hate having stuff bundled up round my neck. I'm pretty sure MIL will never have seen me wearing a scarf, yet she keeps buying them. OK they are often nice colours, the sort of thing  I suppose I might wear if I ever wore a scarf. However, I think this year was the 5th in a row.

 

The bead loom will be enjoyed by DD, though we didn't really need another one. Still, on the bright side I have lots of pattern books as she has given me several over the years :-)

post #52 of 63

Just had Christmas with another part of the family last Sunday. My mom gave me a cute bag to take to work-- every kind of pocket a nurse would need to organize her stuff. And when I unfolded it all the way it had her name embroidered on it. She's a nurse, too. Also the kids got some *used* chapstick-- you know that kind for kids-- fun fruity flavors with characters on the wrappers. But they were opened and some were used. 

post #53 of 63

This may not be the worst (like used lip balm - yuck)...but it is odd.

 

My mom does not pick out gifts for the kids...I pick them out and wrap them. (This was her idea since the kids were born.) I tell her what she got them but she never listens so when they open them she says 'What did I get you?"

 

I've always wished she would pick out something, even if it isn't the ideal gift.  She is their only grandparent and I think it w/b nice for the kids to receive something from someone other than us.  Well this year I got my wish: 

-  For my daughter (9yo), she bought AG doll clothing (beautiful hand knitted sweaters made by someone local.  I told her about the woman but she picked out the items).  And an AG 'salon chair'.  (I think it is overpriced but she put some thought into it.)  She also brought my daughter jewelry she purchased on a recent trip to Hawaii.

-  For my son (9yo), she bought a pin of a school bus with Xmas lights.  http://www.polyvore.com/silver_tone_school_bus_pin/thing?id=69684378  My son likes jewelry, but this isn't his style and he has never ridden a school bus.  After opening...my son said to me "I guess grandma had a coupon for Kohl's."  (She left the price tag on.)  Luckily, I had a couple of things wrapped just in case so I gave these things to him from his grandma so his only gift wouldn't be a pin more appropriate for an older woman bus driver. 

post #54 of 63
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After opening...my son said to me "I guess grandma had a coupon for Kohl's."  (She left the price tag on.)  Luckily, I had a couple of things wrapped just in case so I gave these things to him from his grandma so his only gift wouldn't be a pin more appropriate for an older woman bus driver. 

haha! Your son is so observant!! 

 

post #55 of 63
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This may not be the worst (like used lip balm - yuck)...but it is odd.

 

My mom does not pick out gifts for the kids...I pick them out and wrap them. (This was her idea since the kids were born.) I tell her what she got them but she never listens so when they open them she says 'What did I get you?"

 

I've always wished she would pick out something, even if it isn't the ideal gift.  She is their only grandparent and I think it w/b nice for the kids to receive something from someone other than us.  Well this year I got my wish: 

-  For my daughter (9yo), she bought AG doll clothing (beautiful hand knitted sweaters made by someone local.  I told her about the woman but she picked out the items).  And an AG 'salon chair'.  (I think it is overpriced but she put some thought into it.)  She also brought my daughter jewelry she purchased on a recent trip to Hawaii.

-  For my son (9yo), she bought a pin of a school bus with Xmas lights.  http://www.polyvore.com/silver_tone_school_bus_pin/thing?id=69684378  My son likes jewelry, but this isn't his style and he has never ridden a school bus.  After opening...my son said to me "I guess grandma had a coupon for Kohl's."  (She left the price tag on.)  Luckily, I had a couple of things wrapped just in case so I gave these things to him from his grandma so his only gift wouldn't be a pin more appropriate for an older woman bus driver. 

This is so funny!  Your poor son though- good thing you covered for her ;)  My MIL buys my kids boots every year for Christmas- which is really the most amazing gift anyone could give them (or us actually- good cowboy boots are expensive and generally we will get a year out of them)!  Usually she waits until like December 20th though and then wants me to order them all online and then balks at ridiculous shipping.  Although last year she also gave them all those stupid stuffies and paid to have them overnighted :(  So anyway back to this year.  She asked me to order boots (any that I chose) on 12/5!  I was shocked!  I asked for a price and she said whatever I wanted- so I let the kids go nuts online and $400 later we had them ordered.  The awesome thing was is that since I spent so much money on the boots (like double what she thought I would) she told me that she wouldn't be able to get them another gift- double win!  (btw- my little tiny DD2 looks adorable in her pink johnny popper boots lol)

post #56 of 63

I received an order from amazon. There was no name but I am fairly certain it was from my MIL. Three books: Ms. Manners guide to excruciatingly correct behavior, don't behave like you live in a cave (a book on how to behave for my children), and a book on budgeting.  gee thanks. This was after we went to her house on thanksgiving so she could finally meet her 21 month old grandchild for the first time.(we live 40 minutes away) She ignored the baby. Her 6 month old grandson from her other son arrived with his mom and she cooed and told him how she missed him and how big he had gotten in the week since she had last seen him. Finally, my husband so hopefully introduced her saying " Mom, meet your granddaughter." she looked at the baby, said she looked like me and didn't look at her again the rest of the time we were there. When her grandson was watching my girls she told him she hoped he didn't learn any bad habits. She also suggested my girls stay in another room while we were there "B/c it will be so crowded", aside from my family there were only 3 other people there, one of whom was a 6 month old.

post #57 of 63
Thursday Girl, your MIL is horrid. I'm not a big "cut them off" person, but someone who treated me, DH, or our kids like that wouldn't see us again.
post #58 of 63

yeah, I cut her off once. DH still went to see her. He was so upset when his mom never tried to see our new daughter though that I decided to give it one more shot so she could meet the baby. Her chances are finished, my kids won't be exposed to her again. DH will still see her, but not the kids or I.

post #59 of 63
Good for you. I'm so sorry she treated you guys that way, that must have been awful.
post #60 of 63
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I received an order from amazon. There was no name but I am fairly certain it was from my MIL. Three books: Ms. Manners guide to excruciatingly correct behavior, don't behave like you live in a cave (a book on how to behave for my children), and a book on budgeting.  gee thanks. This was after we went to her house on thanksgiving so she could finally meet her 21 month old grandchild for the first time.(we live 40 minutes away) She ignored the baby. Her 6 month old grandson from her other son arrived with his mom and she cooed and told him how she missed him and how big he had gotten in the week since she had last seen him. Finally, my husband so hopefully introduced her saying " Mom, meet your granddaughter." she looked at the baby, said she looked like me and didn't look at her again the rest of the time we were there. When her grandson was watching my girls she told him she hoped he didn't learn any bad habits. She also suggested my girls stay in another room while we were there "B/c it will be so crowded", aside from my family there were only 3 other people there, one of whom was a 6 month old.

Oh my goodness!  That really takes the cake.  I'm sorry you had to go through that.  

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