So you want to survive holiday shopping with your mother-in-law. Well, you have hit the jackpot. I’ve been married three times and all three times none of my mother-in-law’s has had driver’s licenses. Being the only daughter-in-law that had the time to take them I always got nominated to handle the task at hand. So far I’ve made it through the process unscathed and still talking to them all well into January.
Tip Number One: Take her on her schedule but make sure it is clear that you might have other obligations. This way she doesn’t feel like she is being a burden on you or your family. Trust me, if you tell her you can’t go on Monday but can take her Wednesday she will be more than happy to go on Wednesday. This way you can enjoy a relaxed day at the mall with her knowing that you don’t have to rush to be anywhere.
Tip Number Two: When she asks what your kids want for Christmas be honest. She will love the fact that your kids are happy to see what they wanted under her tree on present opening day. This gives her the feeling of “Grandma did well this year!” Besides who knows better of what your kids want then you? It is always a good idea to ask them what they want right before you go. Refrain from making a list and just keep a list in your head with wants and sizes.
Tip Number Three: Don’t ask for anything! She will eventually get to you. Usually when she does, you will get the coolest gifts of them all. Since you are there she might even let you pick it out and wait till Christmas to give it to you. This is usually reimbursement for taking the time to take her to do what she needs to do. You might end up with that forty dollar pair of jeans that you have put off buying for yourself.
Tip Number Four: If she is on a budget make sure you help her stick to it. Don’t ask for things that you know she can’t afford. If Jimmy wants a two-hundred dollar jacket and she’s only spending five-hundred dollars total you might want to keep that request to yourself.
Tip Number Five: Be helpful at all times. Offer to carry her bargains in the store for her. Stand with her at checkout to make sure that things are getting checked out at the price the sales flyer advertised. When she says she needs a XXL at a table of five hundred shirts, make sure that you dive in and help her out. She will appreciate your help. Most importantly, if she says she doesn’t need help, then step back out of her way!
Remember that this is her shopping trip. Let her do what she needs to do. She didn’t choose you for a daughter-in-law but if you make her happy she might wish that she did! Good luck and Happy Holidays!