Many years ago ex mother in law bought me Marks and Spencers bath cubes , body cream, bubble bath gift box , I don’t use them so decided to return and exchange for something small and more useful , on returning the item the assistant told me these were very old stock and not been in store for years , the mean ole biddy had recycled years old presants to us and I later realised as years went by she kept gifts unused for years to save herself pennies .
Nowadays of course I would take to the charity shop .
Another Christmas gift I got was nothing , yes nothing , from my now ex husband , son of above ex mother in law , all around were opening their gifts with excitement as I waited for mine from him , my new husband of 2 years, I kept waiting for him to produce a gift lovingly bought just for me , thinking he was joking and would go "ta da " and hand it to me . When nothing appeared I asked , did you buy me anything , he replied " no , when I asked what you wanted you said , money to spend in the sales " .
I never even got the gift I asked for , so like his mean ole biddy of a mother , I eventually divorced him