Friday, 6 December 2013

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.

30 comments:

  1. Lovely story until the last line! Dad's are hard to make for. Di x

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  2. ha ha ha ha ha!!! ps beautiful and just perfect fabric line for them x

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  3. Hahaha! Perfect present and beautifully made too!

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  4. Excellent idea, they are lovely. Does he already have a quilt?

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  5. And every time he uses them he'll think of you. You decide if that's a good or bad thing. ;) Seriously though…what a sweet gift idea.

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  6. Dad's are impossible to buy for! I only wish mine used hankies...

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  7. I'm sure you covered him in snot at some point in your life so it seems only fair....

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  8. Awesome idea! My dad uses those too. I still haven't made my Dad a quilt yet, so that feels like it's on the list. Anyways, beautiful work. He'll surely be touched.

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  9. Very sweet and thoughtful! And great excuse to use some Botanics. Mine's on the way... Monday or Tuesday!

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  10. I was reading this and thinking 'what a great idea for my husband...but he would actually use them and cover them in snot!'. Your last sentence seemed a rather apt end to your post!

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  11. Hahahah awesome idea!! And what's even more awesome, is that after a year of snot collecting, making him new ones next year will be totally acceptable!

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  12. Very nice! Bet he will love those. My husband has everything but I have landed on the perfect gift. A chain saw. He'll be happy and the girls will have something to wrap. It's a win win situation here!

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  13. Love the last line! I am still looking for something for my husband - this might be the thing. :)

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  14. Hmm, I still use hankies lol Right enough, I'm still working my way through the millions of (new and unopened) packs I gave my grandfathers over the years that they never got as far as using. They both died 15 years ago...

    Anyway, I'm sure he'll love them, and you never know, they may eventually come back! (although hopefully having passed through the wash first...)

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  15. Good idea to find something he'll use at least, I take it you made him a kindle case already? :o)

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  16. Too womanly...hahaha! Great hankies

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  17. What a perfect thoughtful gift for your father.

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  18. Very thoughtful gift - puts my Amazon vouchers and beer to shame!

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  19. this is a marvelous idea! now i feel obligated to make them, since i have the same kind of dad and no ideas :)

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  20. SUCH a good idea!!! Please post a tutorial!!!

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  21. Oh you made me smile! Hankies are great and love the fabrics.

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  22. I love them. Such a sweet gift. Also? FYI, you can gift Kindle books on amazon, and even set the date of receipt!

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  23. Bet he loved them.
    Back when I was still buying gifts for my dad, whiskey was the good fall back gift. But it did feel like cheating

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thanks for making my day!