A bit of last minute shopping

@boiboing (12524)
Northampton, England
December 22, 2015 2:49am CST
I have booked my car in for an MOT today - for non Anglos, that's the annual check up for your car. It's going to a garage in the centre of town which means I'm going to drop it off and then head to the shops for a bit of frantic last minute shopping. Up to now I have pretty much avoided the shops. I buy almost everything online and my husband goes out and buys his present then tells me what I owe him. But I need a few small presents for him and I'll run round like a mad woman and see what I can find. For some bizarre reason he wants a new dressing gown (no, I have no idea what that's called in other countries, maybe a housecoat? It's the thing you wear over your PJs when it's cold) and I'm sure I can find a few other bits and bobs. I shall probably buy him something 'manly' for the kitchen - a gadget or a good heavy pan. I'd like him to bin the wok I've had since before we were married. But mostly I shall just drift about and see if inspiration strikes.
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• United States
22 Dec 15
I guess here we call that a robe. No one in this house wears PJ's. No car inspection in this state, we had enough of that when we lived up north.
• United States
22 Dec 15
@boiboing They don't. We see cars driving 80 mph w/o doors or hoods...it's nuts. But there really aren't as many rattletraps here as we thought there would be.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill You don't want to get in an accident with one of those and most likely they won't have insurance.
• United States
22 Dec 15
@boiboing That's fine, we have insurance so not to worry. And, according to our insurance company, where we live we have more chance of getting into accident with a deer than a vehicle and deer don't carry insurance. That's one reason our rates are high.
@WorDazza (8404)
• Manchester, England
22 Dec 15
You should get him a silk paisley dressing gown with matching cravat, pipe and slippers.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
Contrary to your assumptions I am not married to Noel Coward.
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@WorDazza (8404)
• Manchester, England
22 Dec 15
@boiboing He was a stylish chap was Noel. I suspect you may not have been his type though!!
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
@WorDazza I think you're probably right.
• Preston, England
22 Dec 15
hope you manage to find everything you need without too much stress
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
It was a very successful 90 minute shop, thank you.
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• United States
22 Dec 15
Housecoat or Robe is what we Americans say. Not sure what other countries might call it. Hope you can find all that you need, better way to spend time than having to wait while the inspection is done for sure.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
Yes, I got a lot done in about 90 minutes and the car passed its test.
@LadyDuck (118227)
• Switzerland
22 Dec 15
We had our annual check last month, at least we avoided the month of December. I like to wear a dressing gown (long) in the evening to watch the TV, it's hard to find something pretty in our days.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
To be honest, he won't be too worried about it being pretty. But the challenge was to find one that wasn't like the two he already has. I have no idea why he wanted a new one.
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@destry (2435)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
22 Dec 15
Ouch, a car MOT and Christmas shopping. . . That could be quite heavy on the back pocket ;)
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
It's a company car so that bit was painless.
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@sharon6345 (105874)
• United States
22 Dec 15
I left my man so his gifts will be share to the men in the family. I like your husbands gift buying method. that is great. Bathrobe...
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
22 Dec 15
Sounds like it's his loss. Have a great christmas
@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
30 Dec 15
robe would be my best guess, like a long warm jacket? kinda nice for lounging around
@T_gray (7898)
• Salina, Kansas
22 Dec 15
I have been walking around the stores hoping for inspiration to strike on gifts and I have been getting nothing. I am having a hard time with gifts this year. And I know I am running out of time!!. Luckily I am not celebrating till after christmas with most people so I have a few more days atleast. Hope you found what you were looking for