A red-faced daughter branded herself ‘stupid’ after buying her father a heartfelt ‘special dad’ Christmas ornament – only to discover it was a memorial.
Amber Affleck resorted to some late-night online shopping on December 19th after leaving her Christmas shopping to the last minute.
Determined to add a heartfelt addition to her dad’s request for beer, chocolates and a home-made cake, the 27-year-old spent time carefully browsing online.
At 2am Amber spotted a ‘cute’ £10.95 light-up plaque dedicated to a special dad, ordered it and even paid an extra £4 for speedy delivery.
But Amber burst out laughing when the next day she realised she had bought a light-up memorial plaque designed for ‘remembering someone special’ – while her dad is very much alive.
Too late to return the macabre mistake or find an alternative gift for 57-year-old welder dad David Affleck, stunned Amber has decided to hand it over on Christmas Day hoping he’ll see the funny side.
Amber, from Norwich, Norfolk, said: “I’m usually so on top of Christmas but I was in a rush and wasn’t reading it properly.
“It was 2am and I was half asleep while looking at ‘gifts for dad’ on Amazon.
“I was scrolling through and looking at all these things and I thought ‘oh that’s pretty’. It was glass, lit up and says ‘thanks for being a great dad’, it was really cute.
“It also said it was ideal for Christmas and anniversaries so I decided to order it.
“The next day I got the dispatch email and had another look and it said ‘ideal for Christmas and birthdays to remember your dad’.
“I then read the [product] title properly and it said ‘memorial plaque’. I remember thinking ‘oh my god’.
“I just sat there and burst out laughing out of shock then said to my mum ‘you know that thing I’ve ordered dad? Yeah it’s a memorial plaque’. She just burst out laughing.
“Every so often that night I would just sit and think ‘I can’t believe I ordered Dad a memorial plaque’.
“I’ve not told him about it yet but I’m going to have to give it to him now. I just hope he’ll take it in good humour, his girlfriend will find it hilarious.”
Amber, who runs a wellness support website, had hoped to add a little something special gift-wise to her dad’s usual request for booze and chocolates.
As Amber usually buys something sentimental for 57-year-old events security officer mum Cindy Chandler she decided to go down the same route for David.
But after leaving her shopping to the last minute, Amber went online for something suitable and turned to a private seller on Amazon.
Amber said: “All he ever wants for Christmas, birthdays and on Father’s Day is beer, chocolates and for me to bake him a carrot cake – I just wanted to get him something sentimental.
“I usually try and get him something silly and quirky whereas I always get my mum very sentimental things, this time I wanted to get my dad something like that.
“I’m usually really, really organised when it comes to my Christmas shopping.
“On the first of December I usually have the tree up, I have everything done, but this year I’ve not.
“Obviously this year’s not been great so I didn’t put the tree up until the other day and I was trying to get last-minute presents.
“It arrived on the 21st of December – I’ve been to the cemetery and seen things just like it.”
After her present blunder, Amber said she’s learned her lesson and will read product descriptions more carefully in future.
Amber said: “His sentimental present has gone horribly wrong, but I’m hoping he’ll take it in good humour and have a good laugh about it.
“I’ve also got him lots of bottles of ales, chocolates and made him a cake.
“It was completely my fault, it clearly says ‘memorial plaque’. I obviously didn’t read it properly as it was early hours in the morning and I was panicking because I needed to get presents sorted.
“My advice to anyone in the same position would be don’t be as a stupid as me and read what you’re actually buying.”