Bizarely, my wife has just phoned me, quite upset.
She is apparently being slagged off by her sisters because she 'doesn't like her niece's daughter'. This is because she didn't put anything (money) in her birthday card. That this is one of three kids, the other two were taken out shopping. My wife was going to do the same with this one but plans were cancelled at the last minute.
Now she's dirt and wishes this child would die or something. This no doubt has started from her niece who we have supported through thick and thin, both financially and emotionally. We attend all the birthday parties, recitals and dance competitions and are always there in times of crisis. We have given her a car, large loans that never got paid back and we dropped a five figure amount into a house for her (which I bet we'll never see either).
Miss out a tenner in a card though and you're scum.