I have no problem whatsoever in buying Christmas gifts for female friends and family - but when it comes to buying them for men I really struggle.
What on earth can I buy for George this year? I have tried buying book vouchers thinking that at least he'll have the fun of choosing the right books, however he still has some left from last time...
Clothing is a non-starter with him as all new clothes have to look just like the old ones and must have hung in the wardrobe for at least five years before they suddenly become acceptable...
His desire to do woodcarving a few years ago gave me the opportunity to buy him some chisels - but he has only just begun using them.
I think there is a bit of a theme going on here. He likes to take his time to get to know his gifts.
So, driving home after visiting my aged aunt, when I spotted a dozen large sacks by the side of the road I was thrilled. The perfect gift - and this time, as it needs to be kept for quite a while before use it should give him time to get used to the idea of using it.
This year my main gift to George is something that he has spent a lot of time looking out for; to date he has only come across two others, and they were much smaller. Yippee!
I put my donation into the tin and heaved the bags into the back of the car. Twelve large sacks of horse poop!
Now all I have to do is smuggle them in and hide them somewhere in the wood.
I don't think I'll bring them indoors, nor shall I wrap them!!
His face will be a picture when he gets them - can't you just imagine it?
Of course I am only joking - yet somehow I think he will probably have much more fun from using these twelve sacks of manure than from anything else I can buy for him.
Which just goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune on a gift to make someone very happy.
However, I am still left wondering what on earth I can get for his real gift.