Alex Jr., Alex Sr. and Chiara’s son, born premature, is fiery and uncontrollable. Giulia, Fabian and Federica’s daughter is refined, vain and chatty, in sharp contrast with her informal hippie mother.
Ludovica, Simone and Francesca’s daughter, who are two respected professionals and first-time art collectors, is a funny loud tomboy who promises to grow twice as tall as her parents.
As a matter of fact, you can’t stand these kids but they serve a purpose: they save you the hassle of finding Christmas presents for their parents. You’ve been giving presents to these friends and relatives for over twenty years, and thanks to your kindness and the generosity of their credit cards, they surely want for nothing.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone you’ll have to get them something that... isn’t for them, at least not altogether.
You’re more likely find Alex Jr. hunting for crocodiles under his bed, with a pair of white socks worn as gloves and using his mother’s portable hair-dryer as a weapon, than sitting diligently at his desk. I’m going to get him something that will turn his bedroom into the perfect magical kingdom in which he can play out his adventures.
If you saw this as in your own interest too? Holding in mind all the times they have come for dinner, and the little pest has stained your tablecloth, poured water on the table and drawn trajectories on the floor using unspecified organic matter?
A special tray like the one by Ezpz that will anchor the little devil safely to his seat and protect your antique oak table top, or perhaps a play-tent to keep the boy in his comfort zone. Comfortable for you too, I mean.
You would like to get your own back for all the times Giulia has candidly asked you, in public, where your husband is and why you never bring a plus one.
But her parents are really dear friends of yours, so you’ll wait until she turns eighteen to get your own back. For now, you pick something pink, sweet and feminine. A tea-set she can use to entertain her imaginary guests, all made-up and bejewelled.
For Simone and Federica, oops, you meant to say for their darling little Ludovica, you will browse through all those interior design brands that have a fun piece in stock, if not actually made for kids. The parents will continue to brag to their friends about their taste in décor (sigh) and their daughter can enjoy riding a bunny designed by Stefano Giovannoni..
You can always give to the people you can’t really stand those presents that a conscientious parent, or rather, at least one out of two – usually the mother – might never think of: an afternoon riding dirt bikes, a season ticket at the local amusement park, a rock-climbing wall for home.
Get ready to spend the next Christmas by yourself.
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