What is the proper etiquette on this?
My mother-in-law texted me yesterday telling me to go to a website and look at a shirt to see if I would like it for my birthday. So I did. This shirt cost FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS! And I don't like it that much. And its a t-shirt that costs FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS! I texted her back saying she didn't need to spend that much on me. Then she texted me back saying she would really like to buy it for me. I am not sure what the right thing to do is. I don't want to act ungrateful, but I am uncomfortable with the price. They spent a lot on me at Christmas, but it was on a new computer, which I use everyday, not a shirt that I have no idea where to wear it to. Is the proper thing to do to just let her buy it for me, or to try to tell her that I would rather her get me something less expensive. I normally know what the right thing to do is, but this one has me stumped.
I'd explain it very, very gentile way.
"The shirt is really awesome, but I'm not sure where I can wear that sterling shirt".
I would assume the one you pick would actually be one you did like and cost in the range you would be comfortable with.
This way everyone should be happy.
I would be honest with the mother-in-law and tell her that you're not a big fan of the shirt, and then tell her you see one that you do like and ask if she would like to see it? (Who pays $400 for a shirt anyway?! Reminds me of this store up here called SSense and they sell underwear for $500 that looks like it came from Walmart...)
My advise would be similar to Spyder's, but as she seems to want to spend some money, I would send her some links of a few things you would like. That way she can spend crazy money if she insists but you should start saving for her birthday around now. :)
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