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It's the last shopping day before the whole country shuts down for christmas. You've been looking all over for something, anything, to buy your favourite person. Something that says you care, that makes them see you in a new light.

Well, something that won't make them punch you would do. My brother-in-law once bought his wife a bin for her birthday - it was a very nice bin, but boy was he in the crud for days.

What have you bought in sheer panic and desperation? Go on, you know you do it every year.

(, Fri 23 Dec 2005, 15:10)
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mum is, hilariously, in the early stages of dementia. Last christmas, at about three pm on Christmas Eve, my dad was out dropping off presents and cards around various friends and relatives, when mum came into the living room in a bit of a fluster. She'd not bought anything for dad for Christmas, and was absolutely paralysed with fear and shame. My sisters were there to keep an eye on her, so I jumped into the car and tore into town with instructions to get him the complete Fawlty Towers on DVD. I must have spent an hour ducking into every single shop in Belfast that sold DVDs, only to see a yawning gap under "F". Finally I found one, single disc of series II for 25 quid in a major chain, queued for twenty minutes to pay for it, and legged it home, mission accomplished.

When we opened the presents on Christmas, it turned out that dad and mum had agreed not to buy each other anything that year.
(, Thu 29 Dec 2005, 1:31, Reply)

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