My daughter-in-law's birthday is this week. Yes, it is weird that we are closer in age than her husband, my son, is to two of his siblings. Why do you ask? Anyway, I really try to be a good mother-in-law. I hate being a mother-in-law, by the way. My own mother-in-law is a HORRIBLE mother-in-law, so the only help I get there is what not to do. Not entirely unhelpful, truthfully. She also happens to be worse mother than she is mother-in-law, so there is that.
I digress. My daughter-in-law. I need a gift. I'd prefer it to be a good gift. Actually, I'd prefer it to be a wow! it's the perfect gift. But, I'm desperate. I'll try not to be greedy. Mark and I thought we had it all figured out. We got her an ice cream cookbook, ice cream dishes, ice cream parfait glasses, tall spoons (for ice cream), toppings, sprinkles, etc. Then, Rebekah reminded us we got her ice cream bowls last year. I don't really remember that, but I'm willing to take her word for it. So, the ice cream gift is out. Don't worry, it won't go to waste, we're giving it to them the following week for their anniversary. ;-) I am nothing if not resourceful. Actually, that's a lie, I'm not resourceful. If I were I wouldn't need your help ALL THE TIME, and I so clearly do--NEED YOUR HELP ALL THE TIME.
In the past, we've given her a gift certificate to Crate and Barrell, gift certificates for pedicures, a picnic basket loaded with goodies, a gift basket loaded with 'relaxation' stuff--book, candles, chocolates. Should I repeat something? We spent a veritable boatload of money tonight buying pink goodies since they just found out the baby they're having is a girl. We sent two pink sleepers for now, and have the rest put away for the hospital and Christmas. Should I give her something baby-related? I thought about offering to make curtains for the baby's room. I don't want to be presumptious though. Maybe she likes the curtains that were there while the room was an office just fine and would be insulted if I offered new ones. I just don't know what to do, and I don't want to blow it. Yes, I am aware that I tend to blow this way out of proportion and attach too much importance to it. I am flawed, work with me.
Please, please help me. I want to score points--there. That's honesty for you. I really want her to like me. Actually, I'd love for her to love me, but I try not to look desperate. Give me your ideas y'all, and remember, I'm on a budget.