Hello! I'm in a bit of a pickle, and unsure how to proceed.
Last week, my MIL called to ask if I'd be home Wednesday (today), as she ordered something to be delivered. I said I would be, and she told me my DH & I would be getting something from Raymour & Flannigan (a furniture store). That's it, she hung up after telling me they'd call with a drop off time window. Me being curious, I called the company to at least get the dimensions of it to know if I'd need to move the dining room table etc., or if it was going upstairs, etc. We found out she ordered us two recliners in a dark charcoal, that neither my DH or I like.
**Insert** please don't think I'm ungrateful, I've already come to terms that I'll accept this gift. I've been looking at slip covers, and if push comes to shove, I'll just make it myself.
DH and I have chosen to do the major stuff around the house i.e. new roof, new windows, etc. before worrying about cosmetic things in the house. Since we're nearly done, we have started looking at hardwood floors, room designs, etc. We've slowly but surely come up with a list of things we'd like, and recliners weren't even in the picture. We've since talked about how to incorporate recliners in with our plans, but haven't been sure on how to approach his mother. We both know she is very "out there", and would get offended if we had even the smallest inkling of not liking her gift. She's in recovery from an addiction, and we also don't want to get her in a depression because she would take it as "we are unappreciative". We know that we are going to incorporate it into our new plan so as to not upset her, but we want her to know that this whole thing could've been avoided if she talked to us first, seeing what our plans were, color options, finding something we would actually like, etc. before just buying something and having it delivered.