At work on Monday, discussing the Christmas break and presents from respective girlfriends / boyfriends / wives / partners etc., we work round the room oooing and aaahing. Then they reach me.
Colleague 1: Ooo, so what did M get you for Christmas Rebecca?
Me (enthusiastically): An extension tube for my camera.
[all colleagues look blank]
Me: Well, um, it's like a short lens thing that goes on my camera between the body of the camera and the lens itself, and it turns my lens almost into a macro lens so I can take photos of things really close up....
[blank faces remain]
Me (defensively): It's really cool, it means I'm able to take all sorts of photos I wanted to take before but couldn't.
Colleague 2: Sounds lovely.
When I relay this story to M later he thinks for a moment before saying, "Well, I suppose it's not the most romantic present..."
No, perhaps not, but it was exactly what I wanted, and it sure does allow me to take some pretty romantic photos...