Bloody Cake Forks!!!

(49 Posts)
Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:30:21

My husband annouced that he was getting me a present for Christmas, he said it was about £30. I said lovely, if I had a choice could I have some trainers (I only have two pairs of shoes)
Parcel arrived today and, I'm not proud of this, I peaked inside and he has got me a set of cake forks. £95 worth of silver antique cake forks. I could cry.
I am unreasonable to drop lots of hints that I would really love some shoes in the hope that he will return these horrors?

They sound lovely confused

Unless you're church mouse poor surely you'd rather have something pretty than bloody trainers?

Oh no. I would cry so much. I hate "practical" presents or gifts for the home. Who the hell thinks that cutlery is a suitable Christmas present?

Drop lots and lots of hints.

FireOverBethlehem Wed 05-Dec-12 16:34:03

do you eat a lot of cake?

Are you sure they're for you and not a maiden aunt? <clutches at straws>

5dcsandallthelittlesantahats Wed 05-Dec-12 16:34:19

have you ever expressed an interest in cake forks. I would be very confused if my DH bought me these - I am not really sure what they are.

I would just smile an accept them to avoid hurting dhs feelings but i would be a bit confused.

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:34:22

Until recently I was church mouse poor and this is why nearly £100 on something that will sit in a cupboard rankles me.

Dead69Girl Wed 05-Dec-12 16:34:32

i will have them and you can have my new £65 running shoes, cake is way more fun than running smile

Narked Wed 05-Dec-12 16:34:54

I think only having two pairs of shoes counts as either being tight for cash or a lack of available shoe shops.

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:35:08

Do eat a lot of cake but very happy with a teaspoon / shoving it straight into my mouth!

MoreBeta Wed 05-Dec-12 16:36:04

Cake forks?

How did he come up with the idea of cake forks? confused

More to the point how did he spend £95 on them? shock

HECTheHallsWithRowsAndFolly Wed 05-Dec-12 16:37:02

Isn't cutlery more something for the home than a gift for an individual?

It's not very different from wrapping up an ironing board, now is it?

Narked Wed 05-Dec-12 16:37:11

I'd buy him an antique, silver shoe horn. So the forks have some company in the cupboard.

HECTheHallsWithRowsAndFolly Wed 05-Dec-12 16:37:44

Yeah. I like narked's idea.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 05-Dec-12 16:37:45

DH would be speared with said cake forks if that's what he got me for Christmasgrin

I love baking and eating cake but what the hell is wrong with a normal forkconfused

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:38:00

And , just remembered we already have cake forks - they were a wedding present!!!

shriekingnora Wed 05-Dec-12 16:40:35

In that case get the cakes forks out next time you have cake and watch his face fall. They might not be for you though, maybe they're for his parents?

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:40:36

Glad to hear that my reaction was not that unusual - this is why he's not allowed to buy presents, he normally just gives me the money. (For my 21st he got me a sharp knife, two packets of Boasters and a garlic crusher in a Tesco bag - he has form...)

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Wed 05-Dec-12 16:41:56

No to cake forks!

Over dinner tonight start a conversation about how much you hate non-personal gifts and gifts for the house disguised as gifts for you.

Narked Wed 05-Dec-12 16:42:49

Are the wedding present ones packed away somewhere? Would it be possible to 'do a clear out' of wherever they are and to comment to him that you rediscovered those cake forks you were given, ha ha, wasn't that a bizarre gift, pretty but nothing you'd ever use?

HairyGrotter Wed 05-Dec-12 16:44:38

I just had to google cake forks, cake has it's own fork...amazing.

I'd cry, then flog them on eBay

XiaoxiongMerrilyOnHigh Wed 05-Dec-12 16:44:43

OP, get baking - present him with a slice of cake tonight and a wedding present cake fork and see if the penny drops.

You can make microwave mug chocolate cake in 2 min flat smile

And what will he be eating his cake with while you use your cake forks?

I use my cake forks all the time, if dh bought me them I'd be very pleased

I'll give you a tenner for them grin

Or serve some cake and dig out the cake forks you already have, maybe he'll send back the new cake forks.

That is a bit of a shit present really. My DH is mostly shit at presents as well, occasionally will do brilliantly,but mostly shit.(expensive shit at that)

TwasTheDawnDeeforeXmas Wed 05-Dec-12 16:46:15

Get some cake and eat it enthusiastically whilst exclaiming "God...I just luuuuurve the feel of cake between my fingers.....mmmmm.....let no-one ever take this simple pleasure away from me....mmmmmm....caaaaaaake" or similar. And hope he gets the hint. grin

HeadfirstForAMistletoeKiss Wed 05-Dec-12 16:47:19

I was going to say what TeWis said, start a conversation about how such and such has just found out her husband is buying her a hoover for xmas, and how awful it is to give give things for the house as presents, and how thoughtless and impersonal it is wink

I'd hide them and pretend they never came.

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:53:24

I like the idea of hiding them Madame! I'd feel guilty for the company he bought them off though, they'd have to go through loads of hassle to try and claim for them.
I told husband two weeks ago that I wanted to go to a very expensive restaurant for my birthday (next month) and was going to ask for vouchers for it - why oh why didn't he remember this if he wanted to chuck £100 around?

Don't hide them as your DH will probably tell the seller that they didn't arrive and get a refund. I'd look on my DH's email and sort out returning them. Or say to DH "I had a peek at the cake forks you got for your DM, don't you think she has enough cake forks? I think that like us, the one st she has already is ample".

complexnumber Wed 05-Dec-12 16:55:07

DW suggested she would like some cake forks last year. I searched everywhere for some I thought she would like (we're not in UK). She even told me which shop I would find them in!

I failed miserably.

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 05-Dec-12 16:55:33

they are very useful for putting out cat food......

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 16:56:04

You can buy mine if she still wants some! I'll post them abroad!!

BooBooChicken Wed 05-Dec-12 16:58:32

I think his heart was probably in the right place smile but somehow he got diverted away from trainers and found himself enchanted by over priced cutlery.

Agree with those who say use your wedding present forks or "find" them again and exclaim at the fact they never get used...

complexnumber Wed 05-Dec-12 16:58:54

LOL Bruno. You are too kind!

However, I am focussing on other things to fail at this year.

KvetnutsRoastingOnAnOpenFire Wed 05-Dec-12 17:14:55

I think we owe it to the next generation of wives and girlfriends to teach our sons how to buy presents.

NolittleBuddahsorTigerMomshere Wed 05-Dec-12 17:21:54

OP, do you love antiques though? Maybe that's he was thinking? My DPs have a big antique collection, DM would never eat cake with them but would enjoy them as decorative items.

Narked Wed 05-Dec-12 17:26:50

My DH buys lovely presents grin

Viviennemary Wed 05-Dec-12 17:27:07

I wouldn't be pleased with this I'm afraid. But my DH is the worst present buyer ever. So I get my own now. But he usually gets me something small. One year a book of scripts from Father Ted. confused

piprabbit Wed 05-Dec-12 17:31:38

I have cake forks (gift from MiL). I enjoy the idea of having cake forks. They get used about twice a year though, so they really come under the category of unnecessary clutter.

MrsHoarder Wed 05-Dec-12 17:34:54

I'd be confused as we have a set which are used regularly. Otherwise I'd be delighted (although I'm a bit odd, I'd like soup spoons for Christmas because I like using the right cutlery). I'd be upset if I was bought something that I need and thus would feel no guilt about spending family money on anyway.

DoingItOntheRoofTopWithSanta Wed 05-Dec-12 17:40:09

I love antiques and do cakey things for a living. i'd be very pleased hint hint weird present if you aren't in to that though!

complexnumber Wed 05-Dec-12 17:42:39

I don't suppose he thought you were asking for four candles... and then there was some confusion.

scripsi Wed 05-Dec-12 17:52:45

excellent use of the four candles sketch complexnumber

I'd tell him that you don't want them, straight out. If it's not your kind of thing then it is a thoughtless gift.

My PILs gave me two packs of out of date herbal tea (3 years out of date) and a bar of chocolate for Christmas a few years ago and it's pretty much the same every year: unfortunately I just have to pretend I am grateful before composting the tea. FFS.

Will get blackboard out and start teaching DSs how to buy thoughtful gifts ...

Floggingmolly Wed 05-Dec-12 18:18:08

All this commotion, and you don't actually know they're for you? confused

chicane Wed 05-Dec-12 18:21:27

People eat cake with forks?

TheWave Wed 05-Dec-12 18:27:36

I love our cake forks, also use them for serving ham etc. I like the modern ones though, not antique.

Brunocat Wed 05-Dec-12 18:32:05

They are for me - I buy all the presents for everyone else. He never buys anyone a present except me and sometimes something extra for the children. Also he has made the great announcement about buying my present and then these things arrived!

sue52 Wed 05-Dec-12 20:00:44

I eat cake with a fork and would love antique forks as a gift. I expect DH will just buy me a kindle fire as he has been telling me how much I want one. I don't and would much prefer your present Brunocat.

SilverBaubles33 Wed 05-Dec-12 20:16:27

I do too, Sue, I adore cake forks, they make me come over all Lady Mary.

But the Tesco bag with a garlic crusher.

That's a whole different kind of wrong.

From now on, order your own presents and he can sort everyone else's. You can lie about swilling gin sipping lapsang and popping bits of lemon drizzle into your mouth from an antique fork.

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