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Worst gift:
Last year when we opened the box from my MIL, I thought I got nothing.  But it turned out that one of my dd's gifts was a box of small flashlights, with a note on it to, "Give your mom one of these."  My husband and I laugh about it.  But I really really hate her.  This year she gave my husband $150. to split between HIM and the kids.  I told her all the gifts my husband bought me, but told her it was from the money she sent.
12/30
        signed - Got even with the B****

Worst gift:
Here is a good one.  I am a stay at home mom with two toddlers, and my husband works two jobs, and it is obvious his mother doesn't like that.  He asked me what I wanted for Christmas from his mother, and I said that a gift certificate for a clothing store would be nice (because we don't have a lot of money, and all my clothes are pretty ratty).  Now, let me just say his parents have some cash.  Well, my husband got a new electric sander and new saw (everything he had asked for).  What did I get?  Some mixing bowls.  Apparently I am not keeping up on the wifely duties of cooking for her son!!!
12/25
        signed - Homely Housewife With No Clothes

Worst gift:
I can top that Christmas present.  This year she gave me a snowman candle holder from a discount store, and when I got home and took it out of the box I saw it was broken.

I gave her a bunch of garbage too.

I hate her.
12/28
        signed - Gave Her A Bunch Of Garbage

Worst gift:
For Christmas, MIL decided that I needed a good aftershave.  By the way, I have a beard and don't prefer to shave a whole bunch.  So, on Christmas, in this tacky lunch paper bag, came my gift.  Inside was a SAMPLE (2 0z.) pack of aftershave.
12/28
        signed - Don't Like To Shave

Worst gift:
The two worst MIL gifts I ever got were this year and last year.  Last year I got a pair of those miniature magic gloves (you know, the ones that look like they could fit a 2 year old but stretch when you put them on) -- In other words, dollar store trash!!!  This year, I got a cheap canvas wallet with an obvious stain on it!!!
12/28
        signed - YES, THAT WAS MY ONLY GIFT!!!

Worst gift:
For some background, every year there's a small drama involving gifts given to my brother and his wife.  One year, she cried because she felt she hadn't gotten enough presents.  The next year, my brother yelled at my mother because he didn't like the store she had bought his clothes from.  The next year, my sister-in-law cried because I gave her a sweatshirt that was extra-large (she usually wears her clothes big, as do I).

Well, this year, they gave me a bottle of shampoo and conditioner.  It was wrapped in a cereal box.  Perhaps I should have told them I didn't like the store where they bought it ...
12/27
        signed - My Jaw Is Still On The Floor

Worst gift:
How about a bottle of "last year's" champagne.  It must have been in their refrigerator, because it had food dripped down the side, and she didn't even bother to wipe it down.
12/26
        signed - Last Year's Champagne

Worst gift:
This Christmas, I received a box of three Christmas tree ornaments from his mother.  They were supposed to be family heirlooms, or something.  One was from my husband's deceased grandmother, from like 1979 or something.  It was one of those angel haired balls (filthy with melted candy cane on it), the second one was a plain gold ball (crushed) with a picture of the two of us taped to it.  Ah, yes, the kicker was an ornament a previous girlfriend of my husband's had given him back in the day.  Even said, "To John love Mary" on it.  Did she really think I would like that for my tree?  I also got three taper candles that she received from her boss (she was very proud to mention that fact to all).  My husband's brother's wife got several gift certificates and a camcorder.  It's good to know life is fair!
12/25
        signed - Drop Dead Soon ... Can I Write That In A Thank You?

Worst gift:
Check this one out!  My husband got a nice holder for his hundreds of CD's, and some nice dress slacks and a sweater to match.  I got ... well, do you know how when you go into a store and the tag says 2-piece garment?  Well, what happens when they lose part of the outfit ... they mark it down to try and get rid of the extra piece.  That is what I got ... a skirt no one wanted.
12/24
        signed - Going Crazy! Got A Skirt No One Wanted

RESPONSE:  Going Crazy! Got a Skirt No One Wanted
I've got the top that goes with it!  Got it from my MIL about 5 yrs ago.  Of course, it's the wrong size, AND it's got a lovely set of faux "pearls" attached to the collar.  Yummy.
12/27
Worst gift:
MIL always gives me clothes.  Not once have they been my size.  We have told her and told her what size I wear.  Last Christmas she gave me a sweater in a size I have not worn since elementary school.  She then told me that after I went on my diet I would probably fit into it, eventually.  I have no plans for a diet, and I do not want to be that size!
12/24
        signed - Hungry Hippo

Worst gift:
My mother-in-law gave my niece a pin with an "N" on it.  It is the initial they both share.  This was a great gift.  I should know, because I gave it to my mother-in-law a few years earlier.  There is nothing wrong with recycling gifts, but she should have taken note of who the original giver was.  I should have said, "That looks just like the pin DH and I gave you," but I didn't want to hurt my niece.
12/19
        signed - Gift Was One "N" The Same

RESPONSE:  Gift was with one "N" the same
No, what you should have added was, "Why don't you go get your pin that we gave you several years ago, and you two can match.  Do you think you could find it and put it on now?  I'd like to take a picture."  I bet you'd like a picture, of the look on her face when you say this and she knows she's caught!!!
12/24
Worst gift:
My mil gave me a revealing nightie from when I was 6 months pregnant.  She knew I wasn't comfortable with my expanding waistline and probably knew how much this gift would upset me.
12/18
        signed - Not In The Mood

RESPONSE:  Not in the Mood
Seriously, this isn't that bad.  I think it was rather sweet, albeit possibly mistimed.  Maybe she knew that you were unhappy with your shape and wanted to give you something that would make you feel pretty.  Or maybe she felt that you looked beautiful as you were.  Not everyone is as uncomfortable with being large or pregnant.  A nightgown could have been worn if it was your size.  It's not like she gave you size 2 jeans and then snickered about your belly!
12/27
RESPONSE:  Not in the Mood
Wow!  I am a guilty mom.  I have 5 daughters, and all have had children.  When one of my daughters was about 7 months pregnant, she said she felt so unattractive, and not at all sexy to her husband.  I went to a lingerie store and spent about $150.00 on what I thought was attractive nightgowns.  The gowns were semi sheer, one was long and one was above the knees.  I thought if she felt more feminine (she had always loved slinky night clothes) it might make her feel better.  Up until now, I thought she was pleased.  Now I am wondering if I did the right thing.  The "baby" is now over 2.  Wondering Mom.
12/28
Worst gift:
My worst gift from my MIL, I think, was a tacky, sleazy, cheap flowered nylon/polyester negligee.  I might have thought this was sweet, except for the coy way she told me that this had been hers as a newlywed -- but she didn't know if it would fit ME (big ox that I must be), because (tee-hee) SHE had been so SLIM.  Maybe I should have said, "That's ok -- I wouldn't wear it anyway, because I usually like things in nicer fabrics."
12/16
        signed - Her Old Negligee

RESPONSE:  Her Old Negligee
My mother-in-law gave me a size extra-large all encompassing long sleeved flannel nightgown, just like granny's, with the price tag attached, for my first Christmas (in fact, most of my presents come with the price attached).
12/18
        signed - Know What I'm Worth

RESPONSE:  Her old underwear!
I think our Mil's are from the same mold.  When I was first married, my MIL went through her underwear drawer to show me all the sexy wear she had saved from her honeymoon (25 years ago with a man she divorced 20 years ago).  She even had her old pantyhose.  Sick!
12/18
RESPONSE:  Her Old Negligee
We must have the same MIL.  My MIL periodically cleans out her lingerie drawer and gives me her castoffs.  I've asked DH to ask her not to do this, as I prefer to purchase my own personal items.  Apparently, he never did.  So ... I wore one of her old ratty nylon nightgowns to bed one night when I knew my DH was feeling frisky.  Imagine his deflated state when he realized he's warming up to his "mother's" nightgown.  Wonder what Freud would have to say about this?  P.S.: haven't received any more old nighties since!
12/27

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