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Gifts from mum

  • Milk chocolate brazil nuts. Milk makes me ill and Neil is diabetic. Yes, these used to be my favourite thing as a kid but that was before my lactose intolerance developed.

  • A cat calendar. We do not use paper calendars these days. Everything is handled by Google Calendars, iPhones and iPads.

  • A vacuum storage bag for storing duvets, blankets, sweaters, etc. by using a vacuum cleaner to suck all the air out. Yeah. No. This will not get used either because there is nowhere to store it once it is filled/deflated. I guess I could store my wedding garb in it or something.

  • Mugs. Nice mugs admittedly but we have too many mugs already and keep giving some away!

  • A magnetic shopping-list pad. See what I said about iPhones and so on. Also, while I used to like these back in the 00s, I am no longer able to do the shopping (or drive) and Neil prefers 3x5 cards and/or a Moleskine reporter. We still have one of these that she bough us last year or the year before.

  • A drawstring vegetable bag. Actually, that might get used. Maybe not because hubby does the shopping and cooking and this might add complexity where complexity is not needed.

Yeah. No. I think these might have been apt presents when I was a child. Maybe. She said on the phone the other day, "But, you used to love Christmas!" No, I used to be better at finding the energy to do as she taught/forced us to do - to always look happy and grateful. The problem with having done that, however, is that she believed it as well as the other relatives/her-friends. It has also counterproductively convinced her that she knows what I/we like. Neil's family have never celebrated Christmas once Neil and SIL were older than kids. Birthdays either. Myself I am no longer at all Christian and so giftmas would be a good time for me to indulge my love for buying presents but, um, little money these days. The only reason that I, for the first year in my memory, have exactly what I asked for (the iPad2) is that Neil added all of his giftmas gift money (after buying himself some new boots) to my giftmas money fund and my other relatives (mainly dad's side of my family) sent us both just enough giftmas money to visit AppleSanta and receive my iPad2. I must take a picture of it at some point now that the bright orange covers have both arrived.

This goes back to the old, "you should be grateful that you got something!" adage that she pulled out on my birthday this year while complaining about the pair of socks I had just given her. Heh. This stash of gifts will likely need to be added to the cupboard of regiftable-gifts-that-we-would-not-inflict-on-anyone. Like we have space for them. Maybe a charity shop donation is on the cards.

At least she did heed our pleas not to get us M&S vouchers AGAIN (I still have the one she gave me on my birthday as yet untouched and Neil carries all of the others in case we are in an M&S one day and I need some knickers or something. Neither of us shop there except for occasional underwear forays for me. We have about three years' worth of birthday and giftmas M&S vouchers still to use up. Also, at least these vouchers / giftcards don't expire…

I know, she is getting older and this will only get worse, but it is SO exhausting!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 29th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. Thank god Mom couldn't find the damsons steeped in brandy covered in bitter chocolate. She's right I loved them five years ago but my migraine can't take the chocolate or the alcohol</p>

Re the M&S vouchers. I could use them as I need to buy tights for work every month and no one else's seem to fit. If you want to sell them (all or some) let me know.

Dec. 29th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your offer re. the giftcards. I will try to remember to mention it to neilf/hubby.
Dec. 30th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
if you have any damsons/brandy/bitter chocolates needing a home I adore them and can swap them for either real money or extra-nice hand cream I will never use or some of the too-many-pairs-of-nice-warm-socks... I see a gifty exchange system in the making!
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
As I said, none received this year, but I like the idea of a Multi Coloured Swap Shop next year.
Dec. 30th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
LOL ... my mom doesn't even know it's Christmas anymore ... even if there was an ecstatic celebration at her residence ... it would be completely forgotten in a minute once away from the fracas ...

I think I made a post like this some time back ... about not sending mom a Mothers Day card ... it really starts to get sad. So enjoy your mom while she's still on planet earth ... mentally that is ...

M&S ?? Marks and Spencer ???

I hear you on mugs ... I've my set of them ... they are wonderful regift items ... I'm sure the ones that are stored in the back of our kitchen cabinets were regifted ... lol ... that's why they're in the back of the kitchen cabinet ... just got another one three weeks ago ... sigh ... and brother was it u-gil-ly!
Dec. 30th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
BTW, if you pay tax, Oxfam at least will give you a supporter number and mail you the amount your donations raised - they get to claim gift aid and you get to set it against tax, so charity donations are a gift to you as well as to someone else, as well as the perhaps dubious benefit of allowing you to please the gifter by not looking too horrified when you unlock them...
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