My mum called me on the phone about a week ago to let me know that she remembered that it's DH and my second anniversary this month. "Do you know what the present for your 2nd anniversary is supposed to be made of?" she asked, and (before she waited for a response) then, "Cotton!! What do you want that's cotton?"
I told her we didn't really need anything, but wouldn't mind an extra duvet cover. We have a duvet for guests in the colder months and don't really have an extra cover for it. I told her she could buy something simple, for like $20 or whatever.
Then she starts going on about how she likes to buy things that are only Canadian or US made nowadays, blah blah blah. She's saying things like, "what colour(s) do you like, patterned or plain". I basically said whatever since it's just for a guest.
We talked about other things and hung up. Two weeks go by, and yesterday I met up with her in Toronto. She keeps asking me, "did you guys get anything from me in the mail yet?". I keep telling her, no, and that I'll let her know when it comes (I completely forgot about the duvet cover...)
Today it arrives and I'm horrified to find out that she purchased a $150, red and yellow, Jacquard print, Made in Canada duvet set. I don't know what I'm more horrified by--the fact that she bought this hideous duvet cover just because it was Made in Canada, or the money she spent. I don't know what to do. I also know her taste, and this isn't even something SHE would like.
So now I know I need to tell her about it, but I don't know what to say. If she'd spent $50 on it, I'd use it for guests and not think twice about it. If she'd spent $150 on it but it was nice looking, I'd use it on our bed and use our current duvet for guests. And this is my mom. I don't feel I can secretly return it and exchange it for something else. But I also don't feel I can't just pretend it doesn't exist and never use it. But I don't want to tell her and hurt her feelings!
What would you do?