Seriously. What the hell am I going to get my dad for Christmas?
And what is this obsession that blokes all want hip flasks. Hip flasks!? Really? Is this the best retailers can come up with?
I've used one once. In my whole life. That's not an ideal return on investment.
So. To look at my dad's interests in turn:
Golf: But he hates golf things.
Science / astrophysics: Great. I'll get a timeshare on a quark.
Books: He has loads he has not read yet (also, did that for his birthday).
Growing vegetables: He used to be a farmer. There's not much he needs or needs to know about.
Films: Already got a DVD as a joint Mum and Dad present.
Music: Under embargo since the year three of us bought him the same Jools Holland CD.
He's really not going to be impressed if I rock up with a scarf. We all bring booze home for the holiday anyway, so a bottle of something just screams 'I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO GIVE YOU'. He doesn't collect anything.
Please do not misunderstand me; he's a fascinating and lovely man. But Dads just .. don't seem to fit the consumer matrix.
So I'm turning my baleful, puppy-like eyes to the internet... I can has halps, pls?