I’ve never really been a very inventive present giver it must be said. Safe, dependable, but never overly exciting. It was therefore tremendously excisting when my younger daughter decided to take me for a birthday treat . I’d been instructed to ensure I was free for a particular weekend, but every other detail remained a surprise. The only clues given were: possibly need swimsuit; you’ll need comfortable walking shoes. On the morning itself, the secrecy intact. The only hint being ‘we are heading slightly south’. I’d been thinking maybe a spa break somewhere – swimsuit always needed. Not sure about the shoes. As it happened, I found we were booked on a wonderful cruise liner for a short break – all meals and entertainment were included and we had the most fabulous time. A truly fantastic gift that any daughter can buy her mum, for sure – whether a special birthday or not!