I sincerely hope for your sakes that your mother-in-law is a joy, who never interferes with you and yours, never looks askance about what you’ve been doing, where you’ve been on holiday or what you’ve just purchased. The best mothers-in-law are those who know when to arrive and know when to leave and, of course, take your kids off your hands at a moments notice so you can have that luxury weekend away. I know that some of you will be nodding your heads at this point, while others think I’m living in la-la land.
The same rules apply for choosing gifts for mothers-in-law or anyone else for that matter – those of choosing a gift to suit the person, something to go with their personal style, home style, likes and hobbies. Something gorgeous and useful that you might not choose for yourself, but that you know she/they will like and use.
The best gifts are those where your recipient thinks you’re incredibly clever, and that never end up in the ‘I’ll give it away next year’ drawer. We all have one of those, with the worst danger being that you’ll give something back to the person who gave it to you in the first place.
Choosing presents for people should be fun, not bank breaking and not take too much time. With the advent of online of course it just goes on getting easier, as you can do all your shopping at any time of day or night and frequently find things at better prices and for less effort than you can do in the stores. It doesn’t quite have the atmosphere, of course, but then where Christmas shopping is concerned, and if you have loads of gifts to buy, I’d rather get the bulk of it done online and go out for just one or two gifts for special people – enjoying the fact that everything else will come to me.
Speaking of Christmas shopping, and as I’m currently in Dallas, I will be off to the mall later on this week to have a browse. Inevitably there won’t be enough room in my bag for my wish list of what I’d like to bring back with me………………………………………………..