November 08, 2012

'Tis the season to be stressin'

When I was growing up I got amazing presents from my parents.  I can't stress that enough.  But now that we are older we usually give and receive more simple things for holidays and Birthdays.  And while cash is always appreciated, I don't mind the simplicity of my immediate family holidays because it's pretty low stress as far as gift expectations are concerned. Gift me some gift cards and a few hundy and I am the happiest girl in all of toyland.
One time my mom actually said, "Happy Birthday.  Your life is your present." 
Needless to say, I've never felt the need or inclination to go Christmas shopping starting in September because I usually only buy about 3 gifts and I do it online.
With my in-laws, it's a whole different ballgame.  Gift giving is the name of the game, and my mother in law is always the winner!  It's amazing.  In the two short years that I have been married I have received such Christmas gifts as an iPod, a DSLR camera, a diamond necklace, diamond earrings, and more.  It's like Christmas morning!  And it is on Christmas morning so it's expotentially exciting!
I'm not trying to brag here.  I'm just trying to illustrate that gift giving is now serious business with my new fam and I'm not very good at it!  Did I mention I also have 3 brother in laws?  What does a girl who has never had a brother get guys for Christmas?  And what does a daughter in law give a MIL who gives the best gifts ever and never asks for anything?
Seriously, what do I give?!  I did a casual Google search yesterday to see "Top Ten Gifts to Give a Mother in Law".  The results were nothing if not hilariously atrocious.  Please see this list here: Top Ten Tasteful, Gorgeous Gifts for Mother-in-Law.
I would seriously LOVE to see the look on her face if I gave her Paris Hilton Body Spray.  Nothing says I love and respect you like bequeathing upon you the gift of Eau de Spoiled Rich Socialite.
I would actually be most likely to give her the Wonder Woman apron because she loves to cook, has a good sense of humor, and might actually be Wonder Woman?  But still, not going to cut it.
Has anyone out there ever given an amazing gift to a brother or mother or father in law that they can recommend?  I've got 5 presents to buy, less than two months to buy them, and zero ideas.  Help!


  1. The Fray gift I ever got.

  2. I have a hard time with this one, too. If she's truly wonder woman like you say, then she probably also likes to garden. Even if she doesn't she's probably still take interest in a lemon tree. I know it sounds weird but it's an awesome/large plant that will actually produce lemons she can cook with! My MIL loved hers. Oh, and they're pretty too! Original and useful. And pretty. I'll try and think of some more...