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Present Frame of Mind

I’d recently missed out on attending a friend’s birthday party, something that I referred to in a previous post. One thing I didn’t miss out on was the opportunity to buy him a birthday present. However, buying the right present proved to be somewhat of a challenge.

I’ve always been the kind of person who tries to put some thought into the presents I buy for my friends. Not really knowing what present would suit this person, I’d ended up with the present-selection equivalent of writer’s block. The best I could come up with at the time was either something way out of my budget (damn you, expensive but ultra-cool technology!) or a gift voucher, which in my eyes is a gift that appears to show some thought without the need to actually exercise any (ranks below cash in my books).

With my recent interest in amateur food photography and food blogging, perhaps the whole foodie thing was something worthy of investigation.

So, with furrowed brow and pensive frame of mind, I thought to myself…

Perhaps I should use a lifeline…

The choice was obvious in hindsight.

It also helped that this friend had an appreciation of good food (especially the eating part) and knew his way around a kitchen, making this a worthy selection.

The present ended up looking like this:

A few of my favourite things (minus the string)

The individual portions of the present, as well as the purveyors that these were purchased from, will be covered in subsequent posts.

If you’re still wondering, the answer was D.

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  • The Travelling Cook February 19, 2009, 4:47 am

    Hi Simon,
    I am intrigued! Looking forward to seeing what you gave to the friend.

  • thelonefoodie February 19, 2009, 12:16 pm

    Hi Sharnee!

    Thanks for stopping by. All will be revealed in due course :)

  • Helen (AugustusGloop) February 19, 2009, 1:41 pm

    ooh i want to know what’s inside!

    congrats on starting your food blog too. look foward to reading more!

  • thelonefoodie February 20, 2009, 9:44 am

    Hi Helen!

    To receive a comment by someone who was validated by a mass media outlet. That's like being two degrees of separation away from the top 50 best food blogs!

    Ok, so it doesn't work like that but a warm & fuzzy moment all the same :)

    Hope the gentle nudge to start up this blog was worth it.

  • NQN February 21, 2009, 12:57 pm

    Present block is just as ghastly as writer’s block, especially when you really care about what the recipient gets as you do. I sympathise, I get it sometimes and it is very annoying. I’m intrigued to know what’s in the packets.

  • thelonefoodie February 22, 2009, 9:07 am

    Hi NQN :)

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

    If you’re not already aware, the first article in the hamper series was just posted recently.

    More to come soon :)

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