FMIL said her Christmas present was a "cheap knock-off"

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 3
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Wow. She sounds just horrible.

What does your FI say about this? Is it normal for her to be horrible? Is he upset that she didn’t give him a present, or is that just par for the course? Is he worried about that $100? 

Post # 4
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@anon1234:  Of course the two bottles were different colors. Her original bottle was two years old and had been exposed to light. That would happen to every bottle of perfume.

Her behavior was incredibly rude. That would be the last gift she received from me other than a token gift- a box of chocolates, guest soap etc.

Post # 5
7192 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Some people have no tact. I wouldn’t be getting her any gifts in the future.

Post # 6
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@anon1234:  YIKES. Wth is wrong with these MILs? This is not the first (and won’t be the last) horror story on the Bee regarding a MIL’s ingratitude for a gift. I’m sorry that you had to deal with this. I am glad that your FI and his brother got your back though and called her out on her bs – that’s key.

Post # 7
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@anon1234:  Wow seriously!?!? Some people are just too much.

I am curious what perfume it was now.

Post # 8
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Jeez…what a peach. I’m sorry you had to put up with this. She sounds incredibly rude. Ironic that she was trying to make you feel tacky for purchasing perfume at a drug store – she is the one who should be embarrassed about her own tacky behaviour.

Post # 9
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Next time, tell her you got it at Macy’s and can’t find the receipt.  I just did that at Macy’s with Burberry fragrance.  I wanted Brit and got Burberry Brit Sheer.  They exchanged it, no receipt, and questions asked.  I bet she wanted $$ (or maybe credit) from Macy’s instead!

As for the gift for the kids, I’d have your FI call the parents of the niece and nephew to make sure that the kids got his present from Grandma and let them know it really came from him! 


Post # 10
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@anon1234:  She was incredibly rude, but I think you handled it very well. I wouldn’t give her gifts in the future – if she asks where her present is (which she seems like the type who would do so) say, “Well, we didn’t want to make a mistake regarding your preferences like last year. Best to just not try.” <— maybe she’d get the hint.

Post # 11
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

She sounds like a classless beast.  I’m sorry you have to deal with her 🙁

Post # 12
17 posts

I would have told her I bought it at the flea market – just to make things interesting.

Post # 14
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

There are so many things about this that are wrong. But one question I haven’t seen addressed yet is – why does it even matter what size the bottle is? Jeez, it smells the same, doesn’t it? And the purpose of the perfume is to smell good? If someone was buying me perfume, I would be happy with whatever size bottle they thought was within their price range, even if I might have bought a different bottle myself. Jeez.

Post # 15
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@anon1234:  Wow. What a rude, classless human being. So sorry you have to deal with that!

Post # 16
457 posts
Helper bee

@anon1234:  wow I cant even.  That reaction is ridiculous. So sorry she treated you that way. 

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