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    How to…..accidentally buy your husband a kayak for Christmas.

    Day 1: Feel marginally irritated at the prospect of buying husband a 'rare and obscure record off his present list that he will never actually play because 'it's collectable'. Day 2: Wonder idly if it might be a good idea to buy him a sea kayak on the basis that: (a) some of his friends have one and he's had a go and enjoyed it. (b) we live near the sea. (c) he did a triathlon in September and has done no exercise since so might fancy a spot of paddling. (d) if he got a tandem kayak it might be ideal for a bit of father/daughter bonding as he could take the girls out with him. Days 3-5 Have a little browse on eBay just to see how much a second hand kayak might cost. Baulk slightly at the price which seems to spiral up to around £400. Check new prices....
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