THE BACK-STORY So, my mother-in-law and I have often had a strained relationship. She thinks handbags are a huge waste of money, etcetera (although she wastes loads of money on other "frivolous" things, herself). When i first got in to handbags, like most people, I was in to Coach. I still like some of their designs, but I've moved away from them. However, at the time, I talked about it a lot, but she always made fun of me, so I stopped. This Christmas, though, she bought me a Hampton's Medium Carry-All in. http://www.coach.com/content/product.aspx?product_no=9824&category_id=161 THE DILEMMA The thought was really sweet, because she knew I used to be in to Coach and went and bought me something she thought I'd like (as opposed to the usual something she'd like me to like). Having said that, though, I'm really not in to Coach designs anymore, and I hate signature fabrics - really, really hate signature fabrics. From any house, even the premiere ones. I just find them very "look-at-me," and where I come from that's not encouraged. I'm torn because this was a very thoughtful gift and (I think) a move towards reconciliation from her side, but in my heart of hearts I know I'm never going to carry that bag. POSSIBLE PLANS *** I'll keep the bag for about a year and wear it to events I know she'll be at, and then eBay it. *** Exchange it for a similar bag in leather and hope she doesn't notice (of course she will). *** Exchange it for a similar bag in dark leather and tell her I was just worried that the fabric would stain. *** Let the bag sit in the back of my closet for forever. Advice is welcome (even if it's just to say "Suck it up and use the damn bag").