Face it. Most of us grow up in semi-neurotic homes where things
may seem to be perfect from the outside, but inside the cage there's a
lot of feather ruffling. Once we're grown, we get married and bring
our neuroses along with those of our parents to our new spouses - whose
neuroses, thankfully, seem much worse than our own. The worst
neurotics in our families are then, by fable or truth, our
mother-in-laws (MILs). I've identified 13 types of MILs and found 13 absolutely perfect gifts for them - if you dare!
If you don't dare give these gifts to your MIL, at least you can amuse yourselves by thinking about giving them!
1. The Hypochondriac Mother-In-Law
Yes, you know. A headache
means she has brain cancer and a cut on her finger means she's a
hemophiliac. No, not a hemophiliac; a hypochondriac. What's the
perfect gift? The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You: A Guide to Self-Diagnosis for Hypochondriacs by Knock Knock Books. At least she will complain more knowledgeably.
The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You by Knock Knock
2. The Nagging Mother-In-Law
One of the
most common problems with mother-in-laws are that they often nag, or at
least seem like they're nagging when they keep repeating, 'You should do this. You should do that.' This solution is not exactly a gift for you MIL, but one for you! It's the (Laugh Out Loud) LOL Rollover Dog. (Also available in LOL Rollover Monkey and LOL Rollover Pig.) When she starts nagging, get your dog to rollover laughing!
LOL Rollover Dog
3. The Yappy Mother-In-Law
Yack, yack, yack. She talks and talks
and pays no attention to the fact that you are leaving the room; she
follows you to the bathroom if she's in the middle of a saga about her
neighbor's sister's boyfriend... which she never stopped to think might
just not interest you. You want to scream at the top of your lungs, "Shut up, will you!" but your spouse will killlll you. So, how about this book? Listening: The Forgotten Skill, A Self-Teaching Guide. Too much of a hint? Or not enough?
Listening: The Forgotten Skill: by Madelyn Burley-Allen
4. Menopause Mother-In-Law
Menopause is a rough time and it can put a rough edge on the nicest mother-in-law. But sometimes, that rough edge is just an excuse for being extremely mean, instead of just being mean. Either way, your MIL really should be reminded that she's not the most pleasant person to have around. A gift of these Change du Life wine glasses will put a positive spin on that reminder, and maybe also encourage her to chill out with a glass of wine.
Change of Life wine glasses
5. The Alcoholic Mother-In-Law
She'll drink whatever you happen
to serve and she'll drink all of it and then look for more. You could
recommend Alcoholics Anonymous or you could just encourage her to bring
her own in this WineRack Bra.