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this is more of an am I being unseasonable

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yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 08:29:29

We are going to DH's parents for xmas. We are driving there on Xmas day and have said kids could open one present on Christmas eve and then have the rest at Granny and Pop's house. All good so far. DGP have just rung "Oh can you buy the kids something from us we don't know what to get" "WTAF!!!!" They want me to go out in the madness with an autistic ds and a toddler and try and buy last minute gifts on their behalf. I gave them suggestions in NOVEMBER of what the children might like. I am a little pissed.

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Fri 21-Dec-12 08:34:02

yes, I'd be pissed off too. Could you just take a present from the stuff you already have and say its from them?

MrsBrrrr Fri 21-Dec-12 08:34:47

Can you retrieve some presents that you had intended to give, and relabel them as if from the DGPs?

Or can you say it is too late now and you'll get something in the sales?

Whatever you do, do not go into a shopping centre this side of Christmas on their behalf!

SentimentalKat Fri 21-Dec-12 08:38:24

Mil pulled that one on us, too angry
We're going to relabel one of our presents.

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 08:42:17

Oh good idea I can relabel one of our presents for them but still!!!

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Fri 21-Dec-12 09:19:57

still ask for the money from them though - that'll make you feel better!

SummerRainIsADistantMemory Fri 21-Dec-12 09:22:16

How cheeky shock

pugsandseals Fri 21-Dec-12 09:27:37

Yep - similar here too! MIL rung last night asking why there was nothing on DD's Amazon list that was still in stock & could we add more suggestions hmm . On top of that my DM decided to tell us last night that they would be visiting us for Xmas on Sunday & would like to have a meal out & could we book somewhere? We live in the middle of nowhere, so every small village pub for miles now booked up! Why, oh why do they do it to us???? It's as of Xmas can't be Xmas without the added stress!

tootiredtothink Fri 21-Dec-12 09:59:11

Why can't you just say no, can't do it?
Up to them then on what they do.

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 10:00:40

I could say no tootired but they are unlikely to get anything and I would rather suck it in than let my dc be really disappointed in grandparents.

tootiredtothink Fri 21-Dec-12 10:08:11

How old is your ds? If it woukd upset him then i can understand. Your toddler won't have a clue what's going on/who bought what.
Might actually make grandparents make an effort next time. Or they may surprise you and get something themselves if you're not there to bail them out?

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 10:12:47

ds is 8 (dev around 6) and would be terribly upset, he idolizes his grandparents...they are almost certain not to, it won't occur to them that the dcs would be upset...we go every year and there is always presents under the tree which we then add ours to. At least if we get something, dh can go in first and slip something under the tree while I get the kids to help me unpack the car

WhitesandsofLuskentyre Fri 21-Dec-12 10:17:44

I've re-labelled two of our presents. One was a straight label swap (I had no idea which Skylanders figures my BF had already bought her children, so she's bought one from me, and I'm giving one of our pressies to DS from her) and the other will be money from my sister for a pressie I bought DS, hoping someone would be stuck for ideas! Very satisfied. Stops the random plastic crap factor.

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 10:22:55

yes we have now relabeled but to be honest was already feeling a bit mean this year with only a few small presents each from us and now one less but hey ho, it is said that children mostly remember the sentiments and traditions rather than the gifts so will work on just making it a really fun, lovely couple of days for the kids.

SenoritaViva Fri 21-Dec-12 10:29:58

Relabel your most expensive presents and then bill them.

BlatherskitedaboutChristmas Fri 21-Dec-12 10:33:47

Amazon will still be doing next day deliveries won't they? Could you order something from there and gave GPS pay the extra postage?

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 10:35:01

really? It is 11.37 on Friday night here, if I ordered would they arrive Monday before we left...we may be able to do that blather...

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 10:36:29

senorita so tempted if amazon is a winner to spend just a little more than I normally would...but I don't think I dare in case they don't pay us back and we are a bit skint so wouldn't go well

BlatherskitedaboutChristmas Fri 21-Dec-12 10:41:21

Not sure but here in the UK you can definitely do next day deliveries. Are the GPs in the UK? You could have things delivered straight to them.

If you think they won't wrap, you could get Amazon to wrap them too for an extra fee - if the GP's are paying...

yawningmonster Fri 21-Dec-12 10:45:03

We are all in NZ, will go have a bit of a look, never used Amazon before, I suspect the postage will be a shock

littlemissmulledwine Fri 21-Dec-12 11:05:36

how about a voucher for a trip to the zoo or something? you can normally buy them online and print out.

im in UK but ordered on amazon weds night and arrived this morning

ihatethecold Fri 21-Dec-12 11:13:45

I had to buy my DD her present from my mil. Which was fine, she paid me back.
When I handed it to her last week. She said "oh! My DS said you would wrap it aswell!"

I pretended to not hear her. Smiled and thought you cheeky beggar! wink

BerthaTheMangerBurglar Fri 21-Dec-12 11:34:39

I do think you need to phone the GPs back and say "ooh, just remembered we haven't bought you any presents, could you pop out and buy yourselves some?"

reddwarf Fri 21-Dec-12 11:40:53

Is this a first?

Mine & dh parents both rubbish, so I just get presents from them too while I'm at it every year now.

fiftyval Fri 21-Dec-12 15:32:23

Your post reads as if they are your DH's parents who have pulled this stunt - so why isn't your DH sorting it out?

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