Gifting Etiquette?

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Gifting Etiquette?
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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 3:19pm

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she was a bit taken aback about a conversation with her MIL.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 5:21pm

Did she say that the SIL was unhappy with her present last year, or was it infered from the MIL's suggestion of





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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 6:39pm

I was going to say pretty much exactly this earlier, but decided to wait until I got home.


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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 7:49pm

I only tell people what to get us, if they ask for ideas--usually that's my mom and other family members for the kids.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 8:02pm

I have an aunt that always gets me earrings for Christmas.





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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 10:08pm
I think the gift card thing gets a little stupid. Before my Mom died, she would always send me a gc to my favorite crafting store. And I would send her a gc to her favorite restaurant. Finally I told her I would buy the stuff I wanted from the craft store and think of her if she would go out to dinner and think of me, no gcs involved.
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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 1:34am

It never occurred to me, as an adult, to wish for a specific gift or ask for it. If I want something that badly, I will get it myself. But we do not exchange gifts between adults anyway.

My mother will sometimes ask me if there is something I need or that she can get me. It is more because she lives in the country where I grew up and she is kind enough to think of my maybe missing something from there.

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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 1:36am

LOL, exactly! You could get them converted to clips.

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Wed, 11-30-2011 - 8:17am

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Wed, 11-30-2011 - 8:25am

Hahah!

My grandma bought me a jewelry box every single year when I was a kid between the ages of 5 and 17. Every. Single. Year. With the exception of a seventh-month period during the mid-80s when I wore several dozen jelly bracelets up my arm, I never wore jewelry at all.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Wed, 11-30-2011 - 8:58am

I don't hand out a list as an adult, but I am not above slipping ideas into casual conversation:

Mom (on the telephone): How are you today?

Me: I am good, but my feet are really cold.

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