What can you give the man who has everything?

(especially when your husband vetoes your previous idea as being “too womanly”)

My dad is, like many dads, totally impossible to buy for. With the obvious (and boring) exceptions of chocolate and shower gel, anything he wants he already has or is too expensive for me to afford. My sisters and I totally shot ourselves in the foot by buying him a Kindle for his 75th birthday – we can’t even get him books anymore. On the other hand, it was literally the best thing we have ever bought him, so that’s nice.

However, the man who has everything needs a present, and I need to give him a gift that means something to me. He’s done a lot for me, as you might imagine, and it makes me a little sad that I can’t often repay the favour.

Being of a certain generation, he uses a lot of hankies. I know that they are easy to buy but it gave me great joy to laboriously hand-stitch the rolled seams on these gorgeous fabrics and then embroider his initial in the corner. When I sew like this I can’t help but think of the intended recipient with every stitch. And in this case, every stitch was made with love and appreciation.

And now he can cover them in snot. Perfect.

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