Picking a present for her husband's 50th makes Mariella Frostrup realise that the most memorable gifts involve trying something new with your loved ones.

Trying to make my husband's recent 50th live up to his trauma at reaching "middle-age" proved a challenge. I found myself stuck for a suitable present from our daughter, who in myopic teenage fashion had given it barely a thought until a week before when she entered full panic mode. What on earth to give a father that wouldn't merely swell the catalogue of "things" accrued over two collecting lifetimes, already bursting from every cupboard, flat

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