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Best gifts, worst gifts: Mum and Dort do Salzburg

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Peter Florence

Best gift received: my father gave me a tie he wore in the film of A Hard Day’s Night, which was given to him by Paul McCartney.

Worst gift given: aside from the occasional thoughtless pot of Clarins night cream I grab at airports for my wife, the worst was mis-addressing a larky have-a-bottle-on-me gift to a friend and sending it to my newly bereaved grandmother.

Maggie Gee

For much of my life I have been a compulsive present-giver, probably because I grew up in the spartan 1950s, when decorative objects were in short supply. Come my student…

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