Post # 1
My brother just called me and asked, “sooooo what did you get mom and dad?” I was immediately suspicious because one, if not all, of them always do this. I didn’t give him any specifics and he followed up with, “can you put my name on it too? I’ll pay you!”
They are so annoying and thoughtless! The problem is, I always end up giving in and providing them with ideas. I create my own problems, I suppose. I should just hang up on them! I don’t share credit for my gifts though and they are always the best 😛
Does your family do this? Who are the thoughtless gift givers in your life?
Post # 3
Dad and I just went though a list of stuff we had each bough for Mum and then chose wich of each of our gifts we would put my brothers name on.
Tomorrow Mum and I will do the same.
Brothers are useless.
Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: lol, how annoying! Are your parents hard to shop for? My dad is notorious for being the most difficult person to buy a present for. He’s extremely picking and if you actually find something that he will like, he’ll end up buying it for himself right before Christmas! My brother and I always have to share ideas/brainstorm together… but he doesn’t constantly steal my ideas, it’s more of a joint effort. I can see how you would get irritated!
Post # 5
My two sisters are the same way. I sent my older sister pictures of a few different purses that I was considering buying for my younger sister because she said she wanted a new leather purse but can’t afford it since she’s 17 and unemployed. The next day my older sister ran out and bought my younger sister a purse! I still bought my younger sister the one I was planning, and I already know mine is better! LOL
Both of my sisters have no clue about gift giving. My younger sister will text me a week before Christmas and ask if she can put money towards whatever I bought someone. She even asked once if I could put her name on my gift to my SO! LOL, I was like, “um, that may be a bit weird…” My older sister is famous for giving us random used items from her home. I know it’s the thought that counts, but none of us want your stained purse from a year ago, a pack of half used sticky notes, etc.
I usually just text them now ahead of time, tell them what I’m planning for my parents, and ask them if they want to go in on it. That way my parents can get something really nice from all of us. This year we got them a $200 giftcard for a really nice spa in their area.
Post # 6
My father always does this to me and my sister with gifts for our mom. It’ll be the week before Christmas and he’ll act all sheepish and ask if we can take his money and put his name on our gift or something. It never happens…
If there is time either my sister or I will bring him out shopping and help him pick something out or we’ll just take the money and go buy something for him.
My sister always tries to steal my gift ideas though. She knows I do most of my shopping in the summer so she’ll start asking early Fall what I got everyone and I always have to tell her it is a surpirse or else they are going to get the exact same thing (yet somehow better) from her!
Post # 7
Because I’m a bitch, I would say something along the lines of “guess you will have to wait until Christmas to find out.” If you were doing a joint gift, last year my siblings and I got my mom a Keurig and a bunch of K-cups, I would understand putting your brothers name on it.
Brothers are jerks though.
Post # 8
My brother is a poor college student, and if we don’t go in on something together, he usually just sneds up getting something small and/or tacky. I try to save him from this, and my parents from the clutter, by asking for a donation to put his name on my gift. Next year I want to get my parents either Kindles or iPads, and I think I will ask my brother for a bigger donation as he SHOULD have a job by then.
Post # 9
Definitely not my brother is far too old for that. In fact, he’s NEVER done that, unless we choose to go in together on something.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: Yes, my brother did this. Although this year he bought his own gifts for everyone as he is independent and in Japan with the Navy. Previously, though, he wouldn’t even offer to pay!
Post # 11
@LilLis: But they always come out of it looking okay with absolutely no effort. It is so much harder being a girl, lol.
@iheartcake: My parents aren’t very hard to shop for if you actually take the time to listen. My brothers are just lazy. They call my husband and my sister’s husband and ask to have their names added to our gifts too! Last year my husband was like, I bought her some lingerie, are you sure? They came up with their own ideas. They are capable, they just don’t seem to care enough.
@Misswhowedding: That makes sense but my brothers are grown ass men who should know better!
@beetee123: I hate when people steal gift ideas. I made the mistake of telling them one year and the three of them went in and bought something better! Never again. Maybe I should just give up and do joint gifts.
Post # 12
@MsJ2theZ: Mine are too old for it too. With age doesn’t always come wisdom 😛
@springbride23: They do offer to pay, so I guess I can give them that. They make more money than I do so that would be very unfair, lol.
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: lol at the lingerie response! I can definitely see that getting old… especially if you put thought into their presents! I say start doing it back to them. Everyone in the family can get one gift for each brother, not a big one, and put all of your names on it!
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: LOL that is true, boys are boys!
Post # 15
@MrsPanda99: My dad got me a picture that I already owned in my room and was already blown up and just put it in a cheap $3 frame and re gifted it to me…I was like uhhh thanks…
It was already mine and he took it from my room and regave it to me for my birthday. REALLY? #cheapDad
Post # 16
My sister and SIL always share ideas and we go in on expensive gifts together. Parents can be difficult to buy for at times, so I’m glad when one of us has extra ideas we help each other out! It isn’t just one way though, and BIL is pretty useless when it comes to stuff for his parents.