- Katy Liddell
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Okay so I guess I should start by admiting that I have really bad gift anxiety. I know that sounds silly, but I hate giving and getting gifts. Giving because I get myself all worked up about if they’ll like it and if the value of it will be similar to the thing they got me or will it be too expensive and make them feel bad or will it be way less than they spent and they’ll think I’m cheap. What if it is something they will never use what if they hate it so much they give it away. The list goes on and on and on. Getting gifts is almost just as bad. I’m always like what if they don’t think I like it what if I don’t look as happy as they think I should be what if what if what if!?!
So last year, I didn’t go to Fiance paren’t house until about a week after Christmas and the family had already exchanged gifts. This included the things that Fiance and I had bought together for his parents, sister, and brother in-law. He told them all that they were from both of us and I had been the one to wrap them and I filled out cards for everyone. However since I still hadn’t been there and since I knew I would be getting my gifts on the day I went over I still felt like I should at least bring a little something for them so I got 2 of those scentsy melters and 2 bricks of fragrance for them (one for his mom and dad and one for his sister and husband). I honestly didn’t expect much from them, but Fiance had said they had gifts for me so I didn’t want to show up empty handed.
What Fiance failed to mention, was that his mother had gone so far over the top when buying gifts for me it wasn’t even funny. She literally pulled out a large garbage bag full of wrapped presents. Mind you, we had only been dating a year at this point and weren’t engaged yet. Apparently though this is just how she shops for everyone. Then to make matters worse she asks me to open them right there in front of everyone. I was so embarrassed to be the only person opening gifts and it took FOREVER! The things she got me were all pretty small like PJs and candle sets and picture frames, but there was at least $150 worth of small gifts there. Then Future Sister-In-Law hands me 1 medium sized gift, much to my temporary relief. I open that to find a designer handbag (relief gone). Then it’s my turn to give them their gifts and they both said they liked them, but I know they aren’t being used in either house and are probably still in the box in a closet somewhere.
In an attempt to avoid the disaster of last year, I am trying to come up with some good gift ideas, but I’ve got nothing. Future Sister-In-Law will be 8 months preggo come Christmas so I made a baby blanket for my future nephew, but I don’t want that to be her gift, I want it to be his. So I need to come up with something for Future Mother-In-Law, FSIL/FBIL, and Future Father-In-Law. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m on a pretty tight budget and I personally believe that Christmas gifts are really for kids. I mean giving a small gift to the important people in your life is fine and dandy, but going crazy with a bunch of gifts for someone is reserved for my 7 year old sister. So what should I get them that is appropriat but not going to break the bank.
Any ideas would be exceptionally helpful.