This month Susie is wondering what present you get for the man who has (almost) everything
What do you get the man who has everything?
Despite a wealth of websites dedicated to the issue, I still don’t believe there’s a useful answer for that age-old question ‘what do you buy the man who has everything?’
My husband does not have everything, but he certainly has everything he needs (and too much of most of it). Over the years I’ve been quite proud of some of the presents I’ve come up with for his birthday, but come Christmas the poor man falls down the priority list somewhat and the amount of time and effort I can put in is hugely diminished.
This year, a tie will probably feature in the pile of rather unexciting gifts he opens on December 25th. That’s because, however many ties he has, he never seems to have one with him when he needs it.
In fact, he is the only person I know who’s knocked on a stranger’s door to ask if he can borrow one! It happened when Alex was sent to do a court report in Essex.
Trundling along the A140 he suddenly realised he’d forgotten to put on a tie. For some reporting jobs this might not be a problem, but going to court normally requires more formal attire.
I’ve learnt that Alex does not think in the same way as most other people. His sense of logic is, shall we say, ‘alternative’, although somehow it works for him.
So, on this tie-less occasion, he decides to pull over on the A140, to find an item of clothing in a place with no shops. He knocks on a few doors with no luck, until he gets to Adrian’s house.
Luckily Adrian is not phased by this random man turning up on his doorstep and asking for a tie. He lends him one, and for his generosity, gets the satisfaction of seeing it on the TV news that evening.
The kindness of strangers – not something you can buy someone for Christmas, but worth more than any present I can come up with. WHILE the ‘big’ man in my life is a challenge to buy for, the ‘little man’ – my six-year-old son – is a doddle. Last year it was Lego - of any type. We now have a whole cupboard full of Lego kits, all with a couple of vital pieces missing. They must be in some secret space in the house, along with a multitude of odd socks and several pairs of Alex’s reading glasses.
This year it is football - a typical pastime for a little chap. But my chap not only likes playing and watching football (any game, any time, any place), he also spends hours crunching the stats.
It all started with the World Cup in the summer. He learned the points for every group, the scores for every game, and who scored every goal. When he’d done that, he started working back through previous World Cups. Then the new football season started and he had a whole load of new stats to pore over.
This morning on the school run we were discussing the merits of different penalty takers. I have played World Cup top trumps so many times that I now know detailed information about 30 people I hadn’t even heard of six months ago.
I come from a family of sport-mad men, but seeing it through a six-year-old’s eyes is different. It’s a fascination for him, and has opened up a new world full of passion, excitement and – probably – frequent disappointment.
Most importantly for me, it’s virtually impossible to run out of football-related present ideas, so that’s at least one member of the family sorted for Christmas! N
ABOVE:The kindness of strangers; Alex Dunlop does his TV report wearing a borrowed tie