Post # 1
My IL just left (thank goodness we JUST finished cleaning the downstairs…) Well my MIL walks in and proceeds to ask all about any gift she has ever given us. She even went so far as to say, “you may as well sit back, I’m going to look for everything!”
I am now very frustrated with this woman. I put her gifts out for awhile and then they “disapear” mostly because these gifts do not match our home. Any suggestions would be very welcomed at this point. Please help!
Post # 3
dang that’s rude. i don’t really know what to tell you about how to deal with her except maybe have your FI pull her aside and let her know. We have an open policy with my folks–im allowed to turn down gifts that aren’t our taste. Stuff we do like (that doesn’t mesh with our decor) usually ends up downstairs at the bar. Kinda random.
Post # 4
Haha, keep them in a box somewhere, and display them just when she comes to visit 😉
Post # 5
I agree with SapphireSun. Just keep a box for her “gifts” and set the items out when she comes to visit. Your only other alternative is to just be honest with her and let her know that although you appreciate and love her gifts, sometimes they just aren’t to your’s and your FI’s taste and/or don’t fit with the decor of your home. Let her know about the policy ejs4y8 has with her parents. Maybe that would work for you too. I am sure she will understand. It just seems like she wants to make sure that what she got you is something you like enough to display.
Post # 6
I agree with SapphireSun, it’s the low-stress way to go about it. I know being open and honest should be the way to go but I’d have my reservations when it comes to this woman. If you were honest with her, I think she has every means to make your life more complicated than it is ;(
Look at the bright side – you don’t have to live with her!
Post # 7
I do that with stuff my Grandma gives me. It works as long as she sees a couple of the things she’s given me.
Post # 8
I have one of those boxes.. but I have a very very tiny house.. so when they ask “its pack away till we get a bigger house’ thats my excuse atm!