You know. Buying presents for your parents is hard. They either have everything or you can’t afford to buy anything really cool, like a trip or a massaging chair. But this year, I came up with a genius idea, whilst shopping at Clas Ohlson. It was so genius that I kept giggling all the way to the cash register and beyond.
You see…Parents always complain that they don’t see you enough. Also, they always have your idiotic childhood photos on display and let’s face it, unless you get married and a wedding picture, there never is any newer ones. Can you guess where I’m heading at?
Well…to kill two birds with one stone, I combined my idea with something practical. At first you see a plain, cheap wall clock:
Then you take that clock carefully apart, so you can change the background to….
Your incredibly smug face! The background was about 22 cm’s wide and since I only have an A4 printer, the photo didn’t entirely cover the background. I printed my image, which is from Instagram, on matt photo paper. I used Photoshop to create a circular template/frame so I’d know where to cut. Still managed to make the edges wobbly and uneven. It’s a talent really. A tip: pay attention on the clock hands when taking the clock apart. I accidentally bent them, so it took some wiggling and re-bending to get them run properly again.
I warned my parents that I’d be getting them a gag gift. They did laugh BUT they were more excited that they got a NEW PICTURE OF ME! My mother was so excited that she put the clock up on her bedroom wall so that she would see me first thing in the morning! And dad put his in the pride spot on the living room wall!
So the lesson? See your parents more often than once in a blue moon and for god’s sakes, send them photographs. Real ones.