Mommy - posted on 02/06/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )
Every year I spend lots of time and energy thinking about each family member and what they might need or want for a gift. The people in the family are my mom-in-law, four brothers and sisters-in-law and 1 nephew. When they open the gift they say rude things like oh, I saw this on sale at Bath and Body Works - I don't like flowery fragrances then talk amongst themselves about what they do like from that specific store. Another example is that we gave our nephew (9 months old) a teething toy and the parents gave it to the dog! I noticed him playing with it and they commented on how much he liked it while laughing about it! I think that is so tacky! But hey, at least the dog is enjoying the toy right! It is a very safe 'Discovery Toys' item. True, people can do whatever they want with your gifts to them. My feeling is; if gestures are unappreciated or unwanted then maybe I shouldn't invest my energy and money in them in the future.
My mother-in-law is basically a very sweet lady but, she complains about everything we give her. So, this year I gave her a gift card to her favorite store and she complained that it didn't stretch far enough when she redeemed it. Last year she re-gifted what we gave her and told us about it. She said she had no use for it! The gift was an expensive, very tasteful broach shaped like a Christmas Tree. Honestly! what's the point of a gift exchange at all?? I would love some suggestions for what to do next year. I don't want to come across as petty so perhaps I'll just find one inexpensive generic gift and give everybody one. But, what should I do about the baby?