Monday, October 26, 2009

in-laws wish list!

Christmas Wish Lists and The In-Laws... ie: Sticky Situation in the Making, right?

Telling Evs' parental units what I want for Christmas continues to be awkward for me... This is definitely one of those aspects of marriage that I never considered when we got engaged.  Last year, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of Evs' mom and dad.  And trust me - while I loooove me a present - if it were up to me, I wouldn't make any specific requests for the In-Law Holiday.

However, my "MIL" (Knottie-Speak Alert!) insists upon the submission of a Christmas Wish List prior to Halloween.  Yep, we have an Early Shopper on our hands.  Which, kudos to her - I always find myself, eight days before Christmas, circling the parking garage at North Park aimlessly, stalking exiting shoppers for their parking stops and beating my head against the steering wheel in time to Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.

Ahem.

Anyhoo, I made my In-Law Wish List today!  As always ("always" being relative since really this is my first year to have technical "in-laws" but whatevs), I followed the three cardinal rules of Gift-Requesting-From-Non-Blood-Relations-You-Don't-Have-Sex-With: 


(1) Lots of options


(2) Lots of price-points but nothing over $50


(3) No clothes (don't ask me why - just feels weird)


Now, without further adieu... The In-Laws Wish List! 







(yes, I'm a Thermometer Fool)























Do you make an In-Law Wish List?

35 comments:

  1. My MIL is the exact same way! And like you I usually include things I need for in the kitchen or around the house and then maybe perfume or some inexpensive jewelry! I think you've got a good list!!

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  2. I have the Le Creuset silicone prep bowls and they are fantastic! Definitely pick some up for yourself after the new year if no one gets them for you.

    No IL wish list here... but I think yours is great. Kudos.

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  3. Hubs' mom is deceased, so I think it woi=uld be inappropriate to give his dad an unsolicited wish list. Hopefully I will get a Borders or Target gift card.

    I am still wigging out about not having Christmas with my family.

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  4. This post hits the nail on the head. I had never thought about this at all before our first Christmas together. Now I am used to the requested list and I make my parents and the inlaws discuss what they are getting us so there are no duplicates. One year I got 2 sewing machines. The next year 2 North Face Jackets. SO now they are in talks and it isn't awkward.

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  5. Yes, they do ask us what we want. But the hardest part to be honest is figuring out what to get them!

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  6. Oh how I wish my MIL even pretended to care about my taste for Christmas or any other gift giving occasion... Last year we got a chip and dip bowl. Both of us. That was it..

    I think your choices are really great-- I have the older version of "Gourmet" and really like it. I wonder how different the new one is!

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  7. Oooh love all that is on your list. I am just starting to put together my list for my MIL. Not easy. She usually just gets me what she wants to get me anyways. Fun.

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  8. I could only wish I was asked for a list! My in-laws generally try to give a combined gift (as in 1) and because of some of the doozies, we've started requesting gift certificates. I agree with all your stipulations though, for what it's worth!

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  9. My FMIL asked me to give them one last year of a few small things they could get me for stocking stuffers so I gave them a lot of inexpensive options - and damn them if they did not buy everything on the list! (Love them, but like you said...)

    So - this year I know better. But for the sake of saving time, I think I may just copy your list. Fab selections!

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  10. Very nice!

    I love my in-laws to death, but believe it or not they DON'T buy me Christmas gifts. In fact they don't buy my hubby gifts either -- or any of their kids. They are just not into gift giving. Crazy huh? The one plus is that I don't have to stress about getting them anything.

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  11. Is it OK if I duplicate your list?? ;) Good stuff! I especially am loving the Anthro necklace. Gorgeous!

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  12. My in-laws are the "practical gift givers" so when I need a new hair dryer or a car emergency kit or that super awesome tire lug wrench that I've been dying for?? - ask the in-laws. :)

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  13. Great list! I bought and used a french tart pan over the weekend and made a quiche. One with the tart pan and one in a regular pie pan and damn if the tart pan didn't make the quiche 10X's better! There is something about the crust to filling ratio I guess.

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  14. Fun list! Might i recommend a different tart pan? You should request one with a removable bottom so you can easily get whatever you've made out of the dish. I dont think WS carries one, but amazon has a million. Quiche etc are tricky to get out without using the removable bottom style.

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  15. ok without a doubt i LOATHE making the in-law wish list. Typically she asks what i want. Like you I provide a range of options and price points. Does she ever get my anything from said list after she requested said list at least 50 times? not once in 4 years. WASTE. OF. MY. TIME!

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  16. Oh I feel your pain! My MIL does the same thing and then goes completely overboard. I think she's just excited to have a girl in the family!

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  17. Love the two necklaces, and I could never fool anyone with kitchen requests like that! They know I hate to cook!

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  18. Silicone prep bowls. What a great idea. I didn't even know about them, due to having decided to throw away all Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma Sur La Table catalogues...

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  19. I love wishlists and always try to stick to golden rules:

    1. Price (under $50, if they want to go over it's up to them)
    2. Clothes (I prefer if they give me a gift card to said clothing store, this way I can buy what I like)
    3. Keep list small... nothing too grand, don't want to seem like a materialistic person.

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  20. Great list... the preppy boyfriend's mother always asks me what I want, but I prefer to say I don't have anything specific in mind, b/c she always finds fantastic things that are way better than anything I would ever ask for...

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  21. My FIL gives us all money. Husband, myself, BIL, SIL and her husband. We try to stop him every year! It's great, but I always always feel bad. It's too much! One year he bought me an Alexis Bittar bracelet that I adore. He picked it out by himself {with some help from my friend who is the store owner} and was so proud. Before my MIL passed away, she bought all the gifts and I think he just has no clue how to do it for the most part. Poor guy. Christmas is hard for him.

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  22. That is really sweet of your MIL, but it would make me really uncomfortable too! I think you have great rules and a perfect list.

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  23. I think that's a great list and so appropriate. I don't have in-laws, but I was engaged a few years ago when I was 20 and my future in-laws bought me a snowglobe. Be so glad that yours are requesting a list. That is so thoughtful of them!

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  24. I think you're list guidelines are perfect. My in-laws are the same way, although they don't want the list quite so early. It's always been awkward for me (even after almost 5 years of marriage), because they do so much for us year round! I've slowly weened them down by cutting back on the list that I send them, and if they ask for more ideas, I just say that this was really all that I wanted :-)

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  25. Awesome wish list! I always struggle with lists for these type of people because I feel like clothes are always on the top of my list.... but these are some great ideas!!

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  26. Great list - I would feel weird giving a list to someone thats not my mom/dad/boo as well!

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  27. Good list! What will you be getting for them?

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  28. Nice picks! I might steal some for my own list! I am so with you on the in law list. It's so hard making a list for my MIL. However, I can't complain. Last year I had a few etsy requests and got them. My MIL definitely surprised me.

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  29. I make a fake list for Aaron, MIL always asks and he says "Oh, i"ll send you what she sent me."

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  30. Lucky for me I'm getting married on December 12th...so we're just requesting stuff off the registry. But I'm definitely not looking forward to making an in-law wish list next year.

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  31. I keep a wishlist on one of the sidebars of my blog all year long. It's a compilation of stuff I've seen online and don't want to forget, a link to my Amazon wishlist (which serves a similar purpose) and stuff I've been lusting over for a while. I have stuff on there at every price point and try to keep it current. If anyone ever wants to buy me something, they know it's there, but I am not really asking for anything, because I use it too. Make sense?

    Of course, if your family doesn't know about your blog, that could make things harder. You could still just keep one on Amazon.com I guess! :)

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  32. Awesome wishlist. I have the hardest time with making up a Christmas list for the in-laws. They always want one (they insist!) but it just feels so weird to me. Plus, I always want things that are complicated, like jewelry from Etsy. MIL can barely check her emails, no way she's going to find Etsy.

    So I usually tell them to just do a Sephora giftcard and call it good. THEN WE ALL WIN! :D

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  33. Making an in-law list is really hard! I always tell Ty and then he passes it on. Makes me feel better.
    I love those prep bowls. They might be making an appearance on my list.

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  34. And now I have added those necklaces to my wish list. Although, it's quite evident by my overflowing jewelry boxes that I do not need anymore jewlery--but, so pretty--must have ::makes grabby hands::

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  35. Oooohhh I want it all!! Those are great gifts to request from the in-laws. My in-laws...sigh. My hubby always gets fabulous gifts. Me? Not quite so much. The whole "list" concept is lost on them, even though I follow the cardinal rules of having a variety of price points, none of which are excessive, and a variety of stores/online options with no real personal items. One of these days maybe....

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