One of the more unusual gifts I can think of passing on to children is the one of gratitude and good manners. However, the moralising over, another idea, which should stand them in good stead throughout their future lives is some sort of hobby skill. I was taught to knit by my father – he had been in a branch of the navy for many years and they all learnt to knit – socks and presents for mother-back-home was my Dad’s phrase. This ability to knit has been an absolute boon on many occasions. I used to like knitting simple hats and tea cosies at one time – they were easy for my small hands to manage. I now like to knit sweaters and cardis in colours and designs that I never see in shops. Being able to choose from a ver wide selection of yarn colours and thicknesses is still an absolute joy today. The tactile sensation as you check each ones characteristics shouldn’t be under estimated!