Nadine O’Regan: ’Tis the season to live in the present

It’s that time of year again when you can indulge in that familiar panic over finding gifts for people who are ‘hard to buy for’, being upstaged in an exchange of presents and scrambling for something to wrap in an ‘emergency’

21st November, 2021
Nadine O’Regan: ’Tis the season to live in the present
A cheeseboard makes a good emergency present to have in case you want to reciprocate for a surprise gift

Rod Stewart used to live about 20 minutes away from Elton John in Berkshire, and for Christmases back in the 1970s the two world-famous musicians would routinely exchange gifts. Both being ludicrously wealthy, however, they sometimes didn’t know where to stop when it came to expense.

“For Christmas, I bought him a pop-up fridge from Harrods,” Stewart revealed recently. “It cost me £600; a lot of money in the 1970s.” Then Elton John unveiled...

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