Two minutes with Danny Katz: When kids ask for presents via PowerPoint – Sydney Morning Herald

Two minutes with Danny Katz: When kids ask for presents via PowerPoint – Sydney Morning Herald

Q: Last Christmas, my partner gave home-made gardening kits to his little nieces. On opening their presents, they both exclaimed, “That’s horrible!” but spent the afternoon happily digging and sowing seeds. This year, he was told both girls had made wish list PowerPoint presentations. Should he take such instructions, or just wrap up a bag of Rooster Booster fertiliser?
Y.K., Clayton, Vic

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A: If these little nieces can submit their Christmas wish lists via a PowerPoint presentation, I’m guessing there’s not too many gifts you could buy them that they don’t already have, probably in multiples. Which is why a gardening kit is such a great idea: it’s creative, it’s original, it teaches kids about life – about how love and nurturing can make a baby seedling grow up into a strapping adult plant, which immediately begins to wilt from the weight of the world until it dies a slow, sad death from root rot.

And anyway, kids really love gardening kits: remember a few years back when every family was obsessed with that supermarket “Discovery Garden” campaign? If you bought $30 worth of groceries, you got a free vegie seed to plant at home – which was a pretty good deal, though you could have just bought 30 bucks’ worth of vegies and got at least a thousand free vegie seeds, already built in.

Because your partner was so successful last year, he should definitely stick to his home-made gardening theme for his ungrateful little nieces, and just tell them he doesn’t know how to open PowerPoint files.


This year, Rooster Booster. Next year, a handful of wire bread-ties to prop up the wilting limbs of slow-dying plants. Then keep going and, hopefully, he’ll always be remembered fondly as Kooky Ol’ Gardening Uncle, with his seed gifts, soily fingernails and faint whiff of poultry manure.

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