Becky - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )
My MIL put no thought whatsoever in giving gifts. She gave my cousin-in law a sweater that belonged to nursing home patient. When my son was born 3 months ago, she gave him used clothes,bibs with strings(can't use for safety reasons),a fleece cover for the baby carrier that she admitted she bought at a yard sale and didn't wash,and a used,dirty beanie baby for my daughter. For Christmas, she gave my kids 5 stuffed animals-3 were used,1 was obviously a gift with purchase,and the last 1 she bragged to me years ago that she bought for only $7. So,in total she spent $7 on my kids. I am annoyed at this because she gave my 13 y/o step-son a $20 gift card,and I doubt she has ever given him something used. She just gives him better gifts. My husband's brothers and sisters have never given my kids a dime. I know I sound materialistic,but I'm not. I know it's the thought that counts,but honestly,what kind of thought goes into a used gift or no gift at all? I think no thought. What are your opinions and what would you do if you were in my situation?
I should mention that the toys were toys she found in her basement from her other grandchildren,and they were a little dirty. I don't mind that they are used,but at least have the common decency to clean them.