I got a backgammon set for my birthday. Doesn't sound momentous I know, however I've been looking for a decent set for years and I've never been able to find a nice one for under about £250. As I wouldn't class myself a fanatic I've never therefore seen the value of buying one and limited myself to playing on holiday and with friends who have their own.
But a few weeks ago my mother in law found and bought one in John Lewis and it's an absolute cracker of a set. It's come as an absolute bonus with Louis having just been born. As we're completely house tied, we've wiled away dozens of hours, downed too many bottles of Barolo (especially as Nic's breastfeeding ah well) and eaten far too much Green and Blacks. Perfect.