Hey, thanks for asking! Well I forgot to mention the part where she specifically asked for cash. We had just over the original amount in cash, and the rest of our cash had been divvied up into envelopes for the kids. Seeing as how it was Saturday when she dropped the new amount on us, and our bank is 30 minutes away, there was no way we were getting any more cash in time for the get together. We decided to offer her what we did have in cash, explain that we didn't know we would have to come up with more at the last minute, and see what she said. Her response was, "a check for the rest will be fine."
I let my husband take the lead since it's his family. When he didn't say anything else, I walked over to the table and wrote the check. Neither of us are happy about it, but I respect his decision not to cause a scene at his family Christmas. We have already made some firm decisions about next year though.
The kicker? On his way out the door, his dad commented that he hoped he didn't have an opportunity to use the tool any time soon. And he was dead serious. Ugh. Glad you like the gift that you SPECIFICALLY asked for...