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More than half of mums will not get a present from their daughter-in-law this Christmas

Published 14/12/2015 | 13:34

Women who are lucky enough to receive a present from their sons or daughter-in-laws should not expect anything fancy
Women who are lucky enough to receive a present from their sons or daughter-in-laws should not expect anything fancy

When it comes to Christmas it seems mother-in-laws pull the short straw as more than half of them do not receive a present from their son’s partner.

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A recent study found that 51pc of mothers will be overlooked by both their son or their son’s partner this Christmas, and many won’t even send a Christmas card to spread the festive cheer.

Women who are lucky enough to receive a present from their sons or daughter-in-laws should not expect anything fancy as 21pc of people admitted to only spending €20 on gifts for their mother-in-law.

Although many sons scrimp when it comes to a present for their mam, the research found that the average man splashes €224 (£163) on their partners at Christmas.

Predictably, children came out best in the research, and are set to receive presents that are valued at an average of €283 (£206) this Christmas.

Despite the heavy spending at Christmas time, the research found that the majority of people appreciate a gift regardless of its value, according to the British survey conducted by the Found It campaign.

The study also found that gift vouchers are the most appreciated Christmas present as many people fancy buying their own gifts. Jewellery proved a popular second followed by clothing, books and gadgets.

Christine Morgan, from Debenhams, said: "Getting a present right can be extremely tricky, but it's good to know that most people put some thought behind choosing a gift and try to get it right,” she said.

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