And these are really sold on Amazon - see link
slippers to replace the bacteria traps your wife wears every day.
Let us know how MIL reacts.
Make conversation. Engage her on her VR idea – how did she come up with it? Has she looked at any? Tell her you don’t know anything about them but will be happy to look into it. Mention what you have been thinking about getting for Mrs stevec28. Say in passing Mrs stevec28 wants x, but she only recently mentioned this and you already have y and z for her, or say you don’t know anything about x. Plant some seeds that there are other possibilities - but don’t pan the VR idea.
Then call her back in a few days with your findings on VR.
Mention again that Mrs stevec28 talked about x or y. Don’t push it. Leave things open-ended enough that your MIL makes her own decision. You will have been a good SIL by responding to your MIL’s request for help. Maybe she will take an idea and run with it, and not stick with the VR.
And keep in mind, free advice is typically worth what you pay for it.
"Here's what she'd like better" is not gracious.
When your MIL calls, don't answer the phone.
No point in tying yourself to the tracks on this one.
... about those to offer you any good advice. I did a quick google search and it seems the quality on the more affordable ones vary a lot!
I do know she's been looking for A, B or C. Let me know if you'd want me to do some careful prodding to find out what she'd be most interested in. I can do some more research on the headsets, too. Just let me know!
Your favorite SIL,
that it's not a great gift idea. She obviously, I hope anyway, wants to do something nice for her daughter. If this isn't it, then tell her that. Hopefully, there are some things you could suggest that your wife would actually appreciate. When my parents can't think of anything else to get for me, they buy me wine because they know I like it.
Are in the form of wine, whiskey, or cigars. I'm guessing I'll end up with a very full sock drawer instead.
Then again, three kids under 6 probably doesn't leave a lot of leisure reading time.
Bought on the board's recommendation and read rather quickly. Nice light enjoyable read. Suggested the wife read it, but once I told her what it was about she looked at me funny.
As I would use it, anything related to a gunt or gunter is not something to brag about.
making the rounds the way she used to.
It's a fun gadget. My wife uses it a bit, and we had some fun letting people play with it over the holidays. I'm not sure why your wife would be any more concerned about a VR headset than TV, video games, etc.
Say something like, "Oh, we saw those: they look like a lot of fun, but---you'll never believe this---Mrs. Stevec28 was a bit creeped out by them. It's an attractive idea, and I would have thought she'd like it, but apparently it's not her cup of tea."
because then you'd be in luck, as Apple has no VR capability. On any device they sell. And they have no plans announced to adopt any form of the tech.
(I know, right? But let's be honest, no one buys apple for leading edge tech...)
If she has a Samsung Galaxy, the head set runs about $100, maybe less.
Don't let her get a cheap-o headset, I did, and it's painful after 15 mins or so.
That said, your best bet for the b-day is to deftly guide the MIL purchase into something your wife had mentioned as a need at some point in the last 6 months.
Here's to hoping you were paying attention when she said "I could really use...XYZ"
But I do, so low likelihood of actual use just went to zero.
Isn't the real VR equipment like $7-800 and you need a $2500 desktop to run it properly?
At first I thought MIL had won the lottery until I clicked the link.
I would absolutely say something like "Thanks, MIL, but put it towards the kids' college fund, plz"
Occulus Rift is not phone-based and costs $600+.
that's behind all this
sorry to inform you - you're out - he's in
I think you said it best. You and the kids get a cool toy. Say nothing. It's your mother in law. How could this end well if you say anything.
I've just outed myself if she reads this board. Not like I can claim coincidence. "Well, that might have been another mother..."
spice things up a bit.
It was my own lovely lady and she said, "oh, it's you."
Then we laughed for a moment and I said, "I never knew.
That you like VR headsets and gettin' caught in the rain..."
the sewage drain.
This isn't a life changing amount of money (I assume), seems more of a fun b-day gift. Nothing overly extravagant.
I agree with you though that it'll likely be collecting dust within a week.
Unless she explicitly asks you if it's a good idea...do not tell her it's not.
He unboxed it, read the instructions, saw it was a piece of junk and promptly returned it.
Can't she do something that a busy mom may enjoy that would be another "escape from reality" - heck a dinner out, spa day, if they are in the same general area, a night of babysitting, etc.