The only happy ending will be mine
Loc: Vic, Australia
|Posted: 11/30/2012 9:57:45 PM|
I only have one request and it's been the same one for the last 20 years...nothing with cats on it.
I love my pets, but I do not want to live in a crazy lady house with everything covered in cats. I don't want cat cups and cat tea towels and cat ornaments or pictures of cats hanging on my walls.
Yet every year I hear..."I know you don't want anything with cats on it...but I couldn't resist this" or "but this is so cute" it might be cute, still don't want it in my house.
Maybe I'll get a "pet diamond" and see how that pans out.
Loc: Warren, MI
|Posted: 11/30/2012 10:23:45 PM|Growing up my nickname and still to my dad has been ladybug. For some reason though everyone in their brother bought me ladybug things. One Christmas I was about 22 I got so much ladybug stuff I wanted to cry. That was also the year i got 4 pair (that's right) 4 pair of the same ladybug slippers. I've been given ladybug jewelry, bedding, stuffed animals, robes, towels, baby items when I was pregnant, blankets, soap, stationary, picture frames, magnets, glassware!!!! This is just to name a few. I'm now 34 and its been quite some time since I've gotten anything ladybug related.
|Posted: 11/30/2012 10:26:30 PM|Chocolates and shortbread. MIL does it every year. Bless her, she gives it to everyone and I don't know ANYONE who eats it. As far as DH and the kids, from the kids, anything is cool. Normally it's a funky handbag. This year I'm hoping for Monster High dolls to add to my collection. They know which ones I've got, so any new ones would be awesome.
|Step away from the chocolate and nobody gets hurt....
|Posted: 11/30/2012 10:33:59 PM|My mom has bought me a blue clothing item every year for about 39 years now. It's cute stuff, she knows my size, but she also knows my favorite color is orange, not blue. I don't like blue. I like other colors -I wear mostly brown, black and orange- but I've never once bought myself anything blue. So why, why, why the blue?
You'd think after all these years I'd just ask her, but I don't. I just put it in the closet with the other blue things, where it sits, or take it back.
I drank the whole fairy.
|Posted: 11/30/2012 10:59:40 PM|
My husband gets a stack of catalogs with items circled, with sizes and color choices all laid out. I obviously don't expect everything I've circled but it gives him plenty of choices. I never have to worry about him getting me a crappy gift because he prefers having a list from me.
No joke - you just blew my mind. When (inevitably) asked for a list I can NEVER come up with anything. But I love looking through catalogs and fantasizing about all the stuff I'll never get from King Arthur/LLBean/Crate&Barrel etcetc.
|Posted: 12/1/2012 7:16:18 AM|
My dh and I finally stopped exchanging gifts because it degenerated into simply swapping money. We used to try to come up with surprises but inevitably got something that wasn't quite right or something neither of us would really want. (Sometimes we did pick a real winner.) Then we went to telling each other what to get and where to get it, that is when it became a money exchange. Like the year I wanted a Cricut and found the best price on it, bought it before it got gone, and he just paid me back. Now we just buy what we want.
It is becoming this way with my parents, too. I need to tell them no jewelry because the last couple of pieces have been things that were all wrong for me. And I know I'm lousy at shopping for my father. How can you know someone all your life and not know what to buy for them? This year he is getting the razor he picked out at Walmart. I doubt it will be a surprise. I picked the two things I wanted, even ordered one of them and already have and have used both of them.
I agree about all those jewelry adds and I would add those bracelets with all the different multicolored rings you add on. DH and I both dislike those.
I know we sound like a Scrooge family but we all hate to waste money and even worse knowing our family wasted money on us.
|Posted: 12/1/2012 9:56:32 AM|
The only thing I have ever been vocal about is No Exercise Equipment.
I know this isn't a worst gift thread, but once my MIL gave me some Dr. Phil books, including Relationship Rescue. I didn't even know what to say. I guess she knew something I didn't, because she is now my ex-MIL.
XH was a pretty crappy gift-giver, but the best gifts he gave me were the ones he put thought into. One year he bought diamond studs, and they had to be the worst quality diamonds in the world. I don't know why they even bothered to make them into earrings. The were so full of flaws that they were gray. But this man who hated shopping and hated crowds went to the mall on Black Friday to buy me those earrings, so I wore them with pride.
Until he divorced me. Then I threw them away, because really, no one would want those earrings. They were really really bad. It's not like you could even cut them down into sparkly diamond chips, because they were so full of black lines.
Loc: Pea-town, WI
|Posted: 12/1/2012 2:29:07 PM|
Last night I had to talk my mother in law (with my husband and father in law's help) out of getting my 12 yr old taxidermy stuff. Just because she doesn't want to get him anything that he has on his list.
|Posted: 12/1/2012 3:24:05 PM|
I'm surprised with all the no jewelry rules. My dh has picked out really nice jewelry in the past.
|Posted: 12/1/2012 4:23:25 PM|
My SO was the worst gift giver. He gave me a glass drinking straw holder for my fortieth birthday. I just hate to see my SO waste money on hideous clothes and other weirdness.
During the holidays he would procrastinate until the very last minute, literally run out Christmas eve as the stores were closing and buy whatever - few years ago I got nano bugs and a Florida tourist sweatshirt.
But we talked and over the last two years he has dramatically improved thanks to an open mind and the ease of an amazon wish list. He has done very well, just a few mouse clicks.
Don't get me wrong, he is a wonderful and generous person just an awful gift giver.
|Posted: 12/1/2012 4:44:01 PM|
Ugh.... every year my mom gives me pajama pants. I have a 36" inseam and the pants are never, ever, ever even close to long enough. Ever. In the 15 years I've been with my DH, we've returned a pair of pajama pants every year. This year my DH, from here on known as the saint, took my mother out for early morning Black Friday shopping. According to him, he blocked the pajama pant buying at 4 stores. Then when we were out together, she picked up a pair and asked me if I wanted them. I told her, "No, they are never long enough" which she replied, "yes, yes, your DH kept trying to tell me that." It is the only gift I've ever been vocal about saying no, no, no to.
FIL prefers a detailed list. Which at first I thought meant needed to be long so he'd have options. No... he just orders it all. So now, he gets a short list and we literally get exactly what is one it so if we don't like it, it is totally our fault.