I can relate to the writer of the story. I don't care about the gifts. It is the acknowledgement that really means the most.
DH's parents didn't so much as give us a card for our wedding. They attended our very small wedding, and his mother tried to invite her whole family, to which my husband told her she couldn't. We were on a very tight budget, it was my second wedding, we just bought a house and i had to go through the immigration process.
I have always felt she didn't approve of our marriage since she didn't acknowledge it. Sure, they attended, but a card wishing us well would have been nice. After knowing her for almost 10 years, I'm wondering if she intentionally didn't gift anything b/c we couldn't have her extended family. She has shown some pretty revengeful behaviour over the years. She is very well off and doesn't understand that others have a strict budget. She said once she can't believe how everyone doesn't have $5000 sitting around for an ER.