You would think that the easiest person in the world to buy for would be your partner right? You live with them, you know them, you love them. Should be a piece of cake.

So why is it so hard?

C: What do you want for your birthday?
G: A surround sound system for the telly?
C: Anything else??
G: No. I only want a surround sound system for the telly.

Was he joking? A surround system is a bit out of my league. If I’m honest. I don’t think I’ve bought a birthday present on hire purchase before.

But buying anything else now seems mean. And cheap.

Still Groover has always maintained that he hates thinking about presents for himself. And he’s right. I hate it too when people ask me for a list at Christmas time – especially when I provide the list and they don’t believe I actually want what is on the list. It’s pressure you don’t need.

And I admit I was very specific about what I wanted for Christmas… The GHD Styling Irons are lovely! But now I wonder if it was a fair thing to do. I’m thinking maybe not.

So I’m not going to seek further counsel. If the risk is that I buy a dud present – then that is the risk. Love is risk. Life is risk. Safety is boring. And though I’m sure a surround sound system would be exactly the thing Groover wants, I think it’s something we should buy together, as a family, when we can afford it.

So Groover, if you’re reading this. I’m sorry about the trip to Hardly Normal, we’re not going there for your birthday. Instead you will find a gift on Monday morning from the person who loves you and has done her best to find something (else) you’ll enjoy. You will be able to unwrap this gift. It will feel like a birthday present.

It won’t be a frozen chicken. Ah, but that is a tale for another time.