When I was at college, one of the most exciting things to happen to me apart from bumping into Craig Charles was the opening of a Lakeland store.
Because Lakeland really is the closest thing to a real-life Innovations catalogue, and you know how much I loved those. Of course, like an Innovations catalogue, 50% of the stuff is brilliant, inspired and useful, and 50% is utter bobbins.
Bobbins, however, is in the eye of the beholder and whilst it's hard to dispute that this has no earthly point, I'm sure some of you will adore the gadgets which make me squint and say, "Really? I mean, really?".
Take these two items. Literally take them from me.
Because the lovely folk at Lakeland have sent me stuff that implies they think I like baking and I don't. I really don't.
Kransekake Cake Pan Set (rrp £9.99)
A kransekake is a traditional Norwegian dessert made of stacking concentric rings of marzipan cake that's eaten at weddings, Christmas, or New Year's Eve. Many, many layers of cake. Many.
I did toy with the idea of making the Dark Tower of Barad-dûr for a Lord of the Rings extended Blu-Ray marathon, but then realised that this would never, ever happen. The tower, not the marathon.
Christmas Tree Trinket Cookie Cutters (rrp £9.99)
I went through a phase of really wanting some stained-glass window biscuits (with the coloured bit made of jam or melted boiled sweets), but despite this yen, such was my laziness that I just kept hoping one of my colleagues who claimed to "love baking" would make some for me. She never did and we don't work together any more. These things aren't connected though.
Anyway, I now have the means to make them myself with these cute cookie cutters. I could even thread a ribbon through the biscuits and turn them into Christmas tree decorations. Am I going to? Am I hell.
COMPETITION - WIN WIN WIN [CLOSED]
The Cookie Cutters and the Cake Pans count as separate prizes.
If you would like to win either, please leave a comment saying which one you want and your contact details ie your email address or twitter name.
Closing date is midnight on Monday 28th November - the winners will be picked at random. UK readers only - sorry!
EDITED TO ADD: The winners are Miss Whiplash (kransekake pan) and @cj56 (cookie cutters)