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Old 06-04-2009, 03:10 PM   #21
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I guess I'll take the bait........ I got a CHECK from my dad and stepmom instead of their appearance at my wedding to DW. Turns out my stepmom convinced my dad that they should not go because her and I didn't have a great relationship.

That has got to be the worst gift ever.........
I realize that many of you here will find this story difficult to believe, but a week before DW and I were getting married, my MIL had a meltdown and pleaded with her to call if off, because I was........................... "sarcastic" ...

(Yeah, like I needed her support...)

Six years later, DW and I are happily married, and MIL and I are living under a fragile truce.
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:33 PM   #22
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I have received a few tasteless gifts in my time, but they pale in comparison to what my SIL got from her MIL one Christmas. She got a roll of "Stitch Witchery" which is hem tape that you iron on. Each of her boys ( 6+10) got a 3 pack of microwave popcorn. As if that wasn't bad enough, the MIL's daughter's boys each got a big remote controlled airplane. Unwrapped at the same time mind you.
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gift from the Company at our annual Christmas party a few years ago. The prez of the company was big into looking fancy and wealthy and status and all that jazz. Every other person in the firm could care less. Our gift? A nice grey cashmere v-neck sweater. The kind that our prez wears frequently and also the kind and style that no one else at all ever wears EVER. Everyone received a sweater. Everyone gave the obligatory smile and meek thanks. Then everyone promptly took the sweater home and placed it in their closet, never to wear it. Until we took a group photo a year later and we all had to find our old grey cashmere v-neck sweaters. That was the first and last time I ever saw anyone other than the prez wear that grey cashmere v-neck sweater.

And this was the year that we didn't get bonuses because of the economy and the fact that the company didn't have enough money. Instead we got a grey cashmere v-neck sweater. With company logo on it. Those things aren't cheap.

And it isn't anything against company schwag - we received company logo polo shirts the next couple of years and everyone wears these all the time around the office.
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For my first wedding, we got a regifted set of placemats from someone at work. They were awful colored and there was a piece of tape and some of the old wrapping paper on the bottom of the box.
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My now deceased LBYM frugal Aunt once gave me a pair of dish scouring pads made from the lace cups of an old brassiere she had cut and hemmed. She was very serious about what good scrubbers they made and was very proud of having made this discovery. I have had a good laugh about this over the years, and I do appreciate her ingenuity. I think of her fondly, and I also admire her as she amassed a good retirement on very little earned income. Waste not, want not.
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When I was about seven years old, I happened to be visiting an aunt, on the day before my birthday. She suddenly realized that she had forgotten to buy me a birthday present. She quickly rewrapped an unwanted gift recently received and presented it to me. It was.....a bottle of Irish whiskey!!!

BTW, my aunt was quite abstemious and practically a teetotaller. But she was not known for her common sense!

My parents had the good sense to confiscate the "gift" and to buy me something more age appropriate instead. Books, I think.
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When I was about seven years old, I happened to be visiting an aunt, on the day before my birthday. She suddenly realized that she had forgotten to buy me a birthday present. She quickly rewrapped an unwanted gift recently received and presented it to me. It was.....a bottle of Irish whiskey!!!

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Meadbh , You are Irish so she probably just wanted to break you in early !
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It wasn't our gift, but many years ago some friends of ours got married. The maid of honor was living in Saudi Arabia at the time, and was ariving a few hours before the wedding. I volunteered to pick her up at the airport and get her to the ceremony. We had to go pick up her luggage, which included two nicely wrapped boxes about 1'x1'x4' tall. After the wedding when they were opening the gifts, the groom opened his. It was a beautiful men's hookah, with gold and enamel inlay, etc. Patty opened hers and got a matching woman's hookah, cheap white clay and a plastic hose. The various guests (especially family) were flabbergasted. I almost busted a gut. I tried for years to buy the set from them, but no luck.
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So the maid of honor gave the bride such a rotten gift? Bad choice on the attendant! And to give a nice one to the groom! Hilarious!
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It wasn't our gift, but many years ago some friends of ours got married. The maid of honor was living in Saudi Arabia at the time, and was ariving a few hours before the wedding. I volunteered to pick her up at the airport and get her to the ceremony. We had to go pick up her luggage, which included two nicely wrapped boxes about 1'x1'x4' tall. After the wedding when they were opening the gifts, the groom opened his. It was a beautiful men's hookah, with gold and enamel inlay, etc. Patty opened hers and got a matching woman's hookah, cheap white clay and a plastic hose. The various guests (especially family) were flabbergasted. I almost busted a gut. I tried for years to buy the set from them, but no luck.
This sounds like equality, Saudi Arabian style.
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This sounds like equality, Saudi Arabian style.
Exactly. No insult intended, she bought them as a set. I suspect if she'd tried to buy two fancy ones as a wedding gift she'd have been locked up for supporting gay marriage or something.
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Really not that bad, but a family member gifted DW and I a conventional toaster once. We've used toaster ovens for many years, had a nice one, why on earth would we use a conventional toaster? However, I took it to work and donated it to the breakroom, and it's been happy ever since.
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We have a toaster oven that's been in the garage for about 20 years, used it once. Burned out 3 toasters so far. To each his own, I guess.
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