A young man called Calum Ian Macaulay from the village of Carloway in Lewis wanted to buy a Christmas present for his new girl-friend.
They had not been seeing each other for very long and she lived some distance away.
Calum consulted his sister and decided, after careful consideration, that a pair of good quality gloves would strike the right balance - not too romantic and not too personal.
So off he went with his sister to Murdo MacLean's shop in Stornoway and they selected a dainty pair of fur lined quality leather gloves. At the same time his sister bought a pair of sexy knickers for herself.
MacLeans operate a free gift-wrap policy but the assistant mixed up the two items, the sister got the gloves and Calum, unknowingly, got the knickers.
Calum duly sent off his gift-wrapped parcel with the following letter.
I chose these because I've noticed that you never wear any when we go out in the evening despite it being very cold. I could have chosen long ones with a zip fastener but I think these ones will be easier to remove.
These are a very delicate shade but the lady in the shop showed me the pair she had been wearing for ages and they were hardly soiled at all.
I had her try yours on for me and I was very impressed by how she looked in them even if they were a bit tight for her. She also said that an extra bonus is that they rub against her ring which helps keep it clean. In fact, she hasn't needed to wash it since she began wearing them.
I wish I was there to put them on for you the first time and I suppose many other hands will touch them before I do but you can be sure that the first thing I'll do when I see you is to kiss them.
The lady in the shop gave me a wee tip. She said to blow into them when you take them off because they will naturally get a bit damp from wearing them.
It is up to you whether you wear them on not on our next date.
Lots of love,
PS: My sister tells me that the latest style is to wear them folded down with a bit of fur showing.