How funny! My mom is a collector of all kinds of things and she wants me to collect so badly...she'll bring me something every now and then to see if I'll love them so much that I'll start collecting them. (Thimbles, Tea Strainers, Limoges, etc.)
I understand totally - if I ever say to my Mom that I am interested in something, she will overwhelm me with that item until I tell her to stop - the latest was mini wind chimes. She gave me one once and I said it was nice and the next thing I know, I'm collecting them (in her mind).
Now, if she wants to feed my collection of cotton fabric or yarn, I won't complain - but that's doesn't seem to happen