I don’t know about you but each year I receive the obligatory patterned socks and scarf from well meaning but often misguided family members. I know you’re all saying “but it’s the thought that counts” but when your sock drawer looks like an army of Picasso enthusiasts have dropped their paint pallets in it, then more wacky socks is really the last thing you need for Christmas.
So in the blind hope that my wife reads this blog 😉 I’ve decided to write down my all time fantasy no-holds-barred Christmas Wish list from Amazon (2% back for your kids with KidStart).
Number 1: Sony PlayStation 4 Console with DriveClub
As a reformed gamer from the old Amiga days (anyone remember those – Sensible Soccer, Monkey Island 2?) I would have to say diving into a full on gaming experience again does sound like the last thing any father should be doing. But, and hear me out on this, there are fewer things as immersive and entertaining as a well designed computer game and yes while it can suck up hours of your life it can also be a great way to unwind after a hard day’s work. Oh and did I mention – you can watch 3-D Blue Rays on the PS4 – just great for the “Pride & Prejudice” 3-D hi-def remake that’s due to start filming in the new year 😉
Number 2: Pearl Export Drum Kit (Arctic White Sparkle)
To the great joy of my family and neighbours I play the drums and have also been known to make an electric guitar sing like a tortured canary. Having misspent a good part of my younger years playing in a band and becoming overly familiar with the sweaty pub circuit I think the time is now right to hang up my touring sticks and settle down in a nice man cave at home where I can finally produce that seventh studio album the world has been waiting for. Earplugs not included 😉
Number 3: Kärcher K2 Home Air-Cooled Pressure Washer
Now I know what some of you are thinking – the dream wish list has turned in to a nightmare but actually jet washes are one of my all time favourite gadgets, not least because they are so damn fun to use. From washing cars to blasting moss off the patio the jet wash in my opinion is the modern day equivalent to the cave man’s club – and when it comes to big sticks – the bigger the better!
Number 4: Kindle Fire HDX Tablet
One of my favourite features of the new Kindle fire HDX is the parental controls that let parents create individual profiles for their kids and set time limits on their use and restrict access to certain content. It also comes loaded with Office Suite which allows you to view and print Word, PowerPoint and Excel files from anywhere – handy for work! It has a fast web browser and can be synched to your email. With access to thousands of apps including BBC i-player, Facebook & Twitter, games, films, music, books and magazines and a colour perfect display I really am left wondering why anyone would pay 3 times as much for the Apple i-pad?
Last word – I want one!
Number 5: V-fit STG/09-3 Herculean Modular Compact PYTHON Gym
So right next to the new home music studio in the other spare room will go the home gym – yes I know technically it’s not a spare room and our beloved son lives there but I think he forfeited bedroom privileges when he chose to turn it into a pigsty! Plus if the room’s going to smell like a sweaty teenager at least it should be because some useful physical activity has gone on inside!
Home fitness gear is a great way to stay in shape if you stick to the plan and use it regularly. My sincere hope is that after this New Year’s resolution of getting fit, having easy access to the equipment at home will mean there’s no excuse this time round!
Well that’s my fantasy Amazon Christmas wish list folks. The main thing to remember is that there are so many useful, fun and innovative gift ideas out there that there’s really no excuse for the patterned socks. And with 2% back for your kids on all Amazon purchases via KidStart, making an ungrateful dad’s Christmas dreams come true can be just that little bit more affordable!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!