My husband and I struggled mightily to come up with a good birthday gift for MIL. It took us the better part of a month to settle on a yearly video membership. She really seemed to like it and also seemed very touched. As always she expressed how we shouldn’t have done anything at all for her – but that is what she always says, and of course we would get her something. Truthfully, we aren’t in the greatest of financial situations right now, but we are doing fine, and this was something we thought was appropriate and a little unique for her. She is NOT an easy person to buy for by any means.
Now, a few months later, she has called DH to let him know that she cancelled the membership because she feels it was too much for us to pay, and she will never use it anyway. She called and cancelled our gift. One we had already paid for, she had graciously accepted and we had great joy in giving her.
I hope she calls and cancels SIL’s gift too – hers was equally extravagant.