This is not related to a baby shower, but since it involved gift giving I figured this seemed like an OK spot to post. This past Sunday we went to a Birthday party for a little boy DD's age. I've always had a feeling the mother didn't like me, but never more than a feeling. Anyway, it was a pretty big party maybe 30+ people. They opened gifts and everyone was standing around watching. Their son got bored pretty fast and went to play so they started opening the gifts for him. We had brought a LeapFrog card game and window markers. I got the LeapFrog game because they travel a lot and I thought it would be nice to have an easy take-along game and LeapFrog always has fun things. The window markers I got because they live in a tall building downtown and have floor to ceiling windows. Thought it would be something fun to take out on a rainy day.
Anyway, they open the gifts, don't remark on the game and then the mother says, "Do you have these for your DD?"
Mother: Well, I'm getting these for your DD next!
Me: Well, it just seemed like a gift a friend would get for a friend.
Mother: I'm sure they do wipe off, but someone will still have to clean the windows. Plus what if my son doesn't keep them on the windows? He might start marking up everything else too!
At this point I am just ready to run away. I hate being the center of attention good or bad, but this was awful!
Mother: But thank you.
DH even agrees that the entire room felt very uncomfortable at that point.
I know from a gift receiving standpoint, she was not in the right. I mean you should always express gratitude for a gift regardless. But was my gift really that bad? Is there some gift giving etiquette when it comes to giving children gifts? Because when I was talking to my mom about it she agreed that the mother was being rude, but said that she wouldn't have been happy if another mom had gotten something like that from us. Thoughts?