I must be at that stage of life where people buy useful rather than exciting presents for my birthday.
That was certainly the case when I unwrapped a huge box the other day, only to discover it was in fact a bread making machine. It was left on the side for a few days before I summoned up the enthusiasm to go and buy some fresh yeast, or levadura as they call it over here.
Three hours later, and I was in possession of a spectacular loaf of bread. Simply one of the best kitchen appliances money can buy. Apart from a dishwasher, of course.