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Worst gift:
For Christmas one year, DH received a suede jacket, among other things.  I was given a broken watch and a roll of toilet tissue.  They also handed me five dollars to have the watch repaired.  Such a thoughtful gesture ... NOT!
        signed - IN THE TOILET

RESPONSE:  In the Toilet
Recycle that toilet tissue!  Better yet, thank her profusely and show her a sample of used tissue to show how well it works and how much you enjoyed it.  (I'm only half kidding here.  Geez!  It's amazing these folks actually exist.)
RESPONSE:  In the Toilet
WOW!!  And I though gifts from my mother in law were thoughtless and tacky.  My deepest and most sincere regrets for your awful situation.  On the positive side - at least she shaved 5 cents off that week's toilet paper expenditure.
RESPONSE:  In the Toilet
You should tell your MIL that the toilet paper is soooooo special that you think you will save it so that you can weep into it at her funeral.
Worst gift:
This Christmas, my MIL gave me a pillow made from a pair of boxer shorts (men's underwear) stuffed with cotton.
        signed - My MIL Gave Me A Pillow

RESPONSE:  My MIL Gave Me A Pillow
That had to feel awkward.  Was it shaped like the boxers?  Or did they just use the materials from the boxers?  I would not be comfortable laying my head/face on a pillow that was shaped like the crotch of men's underwear!
Worst gift:
During Chinese New Year in 2001, my future MIL gave me only $ 1.60 (US Currency) as "angpow" - the same amount she gave her grandchildren.  So stingy!
        signed - $ 1.60

RESPONSE:  $ 1.60
Now, be careful that you don't spend all that in the same place.  Make it last.  A penny saved is a penny earned.  Put it away for the education of your children J.
Worst gift:
When I was married to my husband in 1995, the Chinese culture says that your new MIL will have to buy a gift for her new DIL as a gesture of welcoming her into the Tan's family.  It is always the Chinese tradition to buy something precious, for e.g., gold ring, bracelets or diamonds, depending on what could be afforded and how much you like her as your new DIL.  After drinking the SAM POH CAH ! (DIL Cup of tea) Guess what!!?  MY MIL gave me an angpow packet which contains RM20 ringgit.  I was totally speechless.  When I relate this to some of my friends we all have a good laugh.  MY colleagues and some old friends who attended my wedding gave angpow that cost more than RM50 rinngit.  In a Chinese wedding dinner the guess will normally gave an angpow value of RM50 to RM100 per person depending on the relationship between the newlyweds and the guests.  In this case, I figured out that I was only worth RM20 ringgit to my MIL, which is only good enough for me to cover 1 waiter's tips.  Throughout my 6 years of marriage, I have never received a single gift from my MIL.  NOT EVEN A HANDKERCHIEF!!  And, guess what, I even persuade my husband to buy my MIL a jade diamond bracelet that cost us RM2,000 ringgit for her birthday in last NOVEMBER.  How stupid can I be!!!
        signed - How Stupid Can I Be!!!

RESPONSE:  How Stupid Can I Be!!!
Would you mind clarifying for me what "RM20 ringgit" is?  I'm not familiar with this, so a large point of the story was lost on me.
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