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Ok, I need some advice.

My mother-in-law-to-be gave me some birthday presents which are completely not my style.
Jewelry and art, so I can't plead the "it doesn't fit" excuse.
I don't want to stifle the fun she has shopping for me, but at the same time, I don't want a house full of gifts that I would never ever have picked for myself.

Is there a way to be polite, but honest?

Date: 2012-02-14 07:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] joaniechachi
My first instinct is to offer to go with her next time, although that doesn't cover how to say you really dislike what you've already been given. Maybe explain apologetically that you have very particular and difficult taste in such things, but you'd be happy to go along with her to choose something together? If you team-shop enough, she might even learn how to pick stuff for you eventually.

Some people (my hubby included) hate surprises and would be happier knowing what's coming; if that fits you at all, you could play it up.

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