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Sunday 22 April 2018

Help! I have been completely cleaned out

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

John Masterson

Present-giving is an art that very few of us excel at. We leave it too late. We think too much about the cost. We worry about the message it will convey. Is it too cold? Or too intimate?

I spend the year picking up small presents hoping that quantity will make up for any lack of quality. That said, recently I came across two examples of present-giving genius. And in one case I was the lucky recipient.

First to my London friend. She and her boyfriend have been together for five or more years and she had run out of Christmas ideas. But she did know that he loves eating out. Her solution? She gave him a five-Continent gastronomic trip around the world. And lest it sounds like she is a multi-millionaire, there was a stipulation. All of the restaurants had to be in London where every national cuisine imaginable is available. "But was he not looking for the plane tickets?" I asked, since I would tend to take such a present very literally.

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