I was complaining that party invitations invariably mean you have (or feel obliged) to buy a birthday present for someone. “What,” says my Mum. “You mean a homemade pair of earrings won’t do?” Ignoring her mocking of my slightly homogenous approach to birthday gifts, she raises a good point. Homemade crafty things make nice pretty gifts for my female friends, what what does one do about the men? I’ve never been able to solve this dilema when buying presents, but I think I may have just made it more difficult for myself. I might just have to bake some brownies, everybody likes chocolate.