With Father’s Day on the way, our thoughts turn to ‘****what do we buy Dad’!
This year I’ve done my bit. My husband gets a thank you in my new book (‘The First-Time Parent: Six Months on the Outside’). Surely there can be no greater gesture than one that money can’t buy?
But that terrible ‘parent guilt’ feeling that I’ve become far too use to, has started to creep in. And last minute thoughts turn to ‘what the f*ck do I get him’.
My husband has everything, and the things he doesn’t have are at least four trillion pounds. Hmm, I’m not sure I can really justify that Mont Blanc watch from our beloved child. I’m still financially recovering from last year’s pittance maternity pay.
Here’s the thing, Father’s Day shouldn’t be about expensive or meaningless gifts, and it shouldn’t be about buying for the sake of buying. It needs to be, well, honest and thoughtful.
I will never forget the best present I bought for my Dad. He’s a practical simple guy. A man who wouldn’t know Pinot Noir from Café Noir, a man who would prefer a kebab for lunch than a slap up meal at Gordon Ramsay’s. And I love him for it.
So, I decided, the one thing Dad really needed as a microwavable omelette maker! This was back in the day when Woolworths* was around and five whole pounds would buy you a lifetime’s supply of pick ‘n’ mix sweets.
It was the most basic simple gift, but he bloody loved that omelette maker and used it until it would microwave no more.
In these crazy times we live in, I like to remember that small thoughtful gifts trump expensive unsentimental ones. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself!
If you’re a new parent looking for something to give the new ‘Father’ in your life, then the ‘The First-Time Parent: Six Months on the Outside’ is available to download now on iTunes and iBooks (£3.99) – particularly helpful if you’ve left it to late to buy something!
*awesome 80s shop that sold cheap and fun every day items. How I miss it.