By James Somper
A flip flop mad mum says Christmas has come early after her husband built her an advent calendar filled with 25 pairs of flip flops.
Neil Ward, 46, was taken by surprise after his wife Rachel, 41, gave him a homemade beer advent calendar.
The dad-of-two from Moreton, Wirral, was so moved by his wife’s sweet gesture that he spent £45 buying 25 pairs of flip flops and built a homemade advent calendar to stash them.
He presented it to Rachel just after the start of advent on Monday [December 2].
She said: “I was shocked when he gave it to me. I kept on giggling, I thought it was just absolutely fantastic.
“At first I didn’t know what it was and then Neil said I just had to pull each drawer out.
“I opened the first one and saw pretty quickly it was a pair of flip flops. Neil and I were laughing so much.
“I think it’s the best thing ever. I couldn’t be more chuffed, even if each drawer had £1,000 in it wouldn’t be as good as a new pair of flip flops each day.”
Rachel says she’s obsessed with flip flops and is notorious for wearing them in all weathers.
She said: “I’ve always got a spare pair in the car just in case. If I’ve got a meeting I’ll throw some work shoes on but otherwise I’ll wear flip flops from March till October.
“They’re easy to put on and I love them.”
Rachel added that Neil built her the calendar after she presented him with his own beer version.
The part-time charity worker, said: “Last week I gave Neil an advent calendar which I’d made. I wrapped up lots of beers and put them in lots of plastic boxes and gave it to him.
“He was quite overwhelmed and couldn’t believe i’d gone to all that effort to make him one. It was quite easy to make and cost about £33.
“He said he’d had to do something for me and went quite quiet.
“On December 2 at lunch time he was working from home and said he was going to sort my calendar out and went into the garage. He came back about twenty minutes later with the box.”
Neil built the calendar using a plastic box, sheets of cardboard and coat hooks for the handles.
The heating engineer said it took him twenty minutes of handiwork in his garage to make.
He said: “I don’t normally buy advent calendars but I thought this year I’d make a bit of an effort.
“She loves flip flops, she gets through loads of them so I thought if i buy a load cheaply a do a calendar that would be perfect.
“The hardest part was making it. It was quite tricky, I made 16 drawers and cardboard lid.
“It took me about 20 minutes, it’s not a really a work of art. I’m not proud of it and I think I could have done a lot better.
“Despite that, Rachel is absolutely over the moon, it’s great to see.”