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  • gift ideas – Dad – aged 70
  • brakes
    Free Member

    my Dad turns 70 soon and I’m struggling to think of a meaningful gift for him.
    I’m thinking of arranging a grandfather, father, grandson thing to go to like a motorsport event but would like to get him a gift.
    he likes the outdoors and is a volunteer ranger, he also larks around with dry-stone walling with the odd bit of teaching.
    any ideas?

    CaptainFlashheart
    Free Member

    C&H

    /thread

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    C&H

    ??

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    52 seconds late – even ticks the grandad, dad, grandson box!

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    Ahh, Pepsi type drink & fishing hooks.

    n0b0dy0ftheg0at
    Free Member

    Full suspension e-fatbike. 😉

    leffeboy
    Full Member

    well done cfh. Anything else should have resulted in this place being closed down

    RichPenny
    Free Member

    I think the motorsport thing sounds better than a gift. My dad is also 70 this year, did think about the lego caterham as he’s built one before, but not sure if it’s really him. He did do a fair bit of co-driving in his youth so maybe that would be better. Not sure if his back would be keen on it though! Big birthday presents for me should be all about something you’d never get for yourself, but secretly really want (so maybe CFH has it).

    brakes
    Free Member

    C+H

    ?

    falkirk-mark
    Full Member

    C&H

    /thread

    Some blue pills too

    petefromearth
    Full Member

    For my dad’s 70th we hired a Morgan for a weekend and thrashed it around Somerset. Highly recommended! 😀

    It was about £400 iirc which seemed good value compared to other things we looked at doing.

    As a backup (in case the weather was bad) i also booked a Morgan factory tour which was ace, we did it at a later date

    Here’s a thread with suggestions from other kind folk
    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/recommend-me-an-amazing-present-for-my-dad

    tjagain
    Full Member

    What I found as my folks got older that it was almost impossible to buy them”things” as they have everything they want and need so I switched to buying them “experiences” such as a michelin starred meal, a flying lesson, a track day in a car( for my mum!) So far its worked well.

    brakes
    Free Member

    hmmm. this is helping thanks.
    maybe a brew kit and some brewing lessons / brewery tour?

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Sounds good if he likes his beer

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    maybe a brew kit and some brewing lessons / brewery tour?

    That’ll do for me in 10 years time!

    brakes
    Free Member

    anyone know a good brewery tour in the Sheffield/Chesterfield/Peaks area?

    beagle
    Free Member

    Never been, but thornbridge jumps to mind. Think there is a winery nearby too?

    bentandbroken
    Full Member

    A meal at http://www.themanbehindthecurtain.co.uk

    IHN
    Full Member

    anyone know a good brewery tour in the
    Sheffield/Chesterfield/Peaks area?

    Just bear in mind that there’s not really a lot to see on a brewery tour, especially a ‘craft’ brewery.

    “Here’s the brewing vessel(s), there’s the bags of hops, over there are the barrels. Er, that’s it, thanks for coming!”

    brakes
    Free Member

    IHN:

    Just bear in mind that there’s not really a lot to see on a brewery tour

    yeah, having done a bit of googling that was the impression I was getting…

    mogrim
    Full Member

    Another vote for the “experience” type of gift: as a train enthusiast my dad got a trip on the footplate of a steam engine for his 70th.

    petec
    Free Member

    my dad is 70 in four weeks.

    he’s of the generation that has (or has the ability to have) anything he wants. Therefore there’s no real point buying much, as if he wants it, he’ll already have got it.

    He’s also like a lot of blokes; doesn’t really do presents or birthdays. His ideal day would be to spend time with us of the next generation and our kids.

    So, we’re just going for a walk, in the spring countryside, then a pub meal. I’ll even pick the parents up and drop them off afterwards, to allow them to really cut loose at the dinner.

    And – just as a memento more than anything else, one of these.

    Nobeerinthefridge
    Free Member

    Sounds nice Petec, enjoy.

    jaminb
    Full Member

    For my Dad’s 70th we rowed from Henley to Sunbury three men in a boat style over 3 days. Great fun with loads of pub stops and camping on the bank and in the boat. We hired a traditional 25 foot punt from a bloke in Walton Thames he is on the internet.

    brakes
    Free Member

    for the record, we’re going on a family holiday together too.

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    Maybe too far south but we did the Marston’s brewery tour at Burton a few years ago. Admittedly we took a bus load down for the evening, but I remember a decent tour round, a big carvery meal and as much Pedigree as you could manage.

    brakes
    Free Member

    at the weekend I had some of the beer he made with the brew kit.
    it tasted like wet piss.
    maybe not his fault, most probably the kit ingredients.

    leffeboy
    Full Member

    sure that wasn’t the C&H again?

    onandon
    Free Member

    My dad died two years ago from a stroke. I always wish I’d have done more and spent more time together doing things. It’s far better than buying stuff.

    Most of it was still in the boxes when we cleared his house.
    I’m talking TVs. Nice binoculars ( he wanted but were too nice to use ) etc etc

    Take him out for a frew drinks and dinner after doing something together.

    thomthumb
    Free Member

    experiences over anything else. perhaps photos of the family/ experience.

    a model to build? something to build with the grandson?

    Just bear in mind that there’s not really a lot to see on a brewery tour, especially a ‘craft’ brewery.

    “Here’s the brewing vessel(s), there’s the bags of hops, over there are the barrels. Er, that’s it, thanks for coming!”

    Depends on the brewer. Cheddar Ales was one of the most passionate and engaging people i’ve ever listened too. Hard not to be interested; the passion was infectious. Genuinely nice guy too ‘you haven’t drunk enough’ take this 36 pint keg’!

    Frankenstein
    Free Member

    Premier league Footy tickets? Best seats?

    Spend time with him?

    fillip57
    Free Member

    Maybe tickets ,or something travel

    lunge
    Full Member

    I’d agree with the whole experience/day out idea. I tend to do something that he likes but “more”. Previous examples include a cooking day at a Michelin starred restaurant, posh football tickets and a “brew your own beer” day at the local brewery.

    nwmlarge
    Free Member

    If he loves motorsport get a meet and greet or buy a seat at his fav track?

    bodgy
    Full Member

    My dad (68) was recently gifted an Ancestry DNA test and search package. He was chuffed to bits, as it has already turned up a few strands of family that he was previously unaware of.

    Stoner
    Free Member

    I bought my father this on his 71st birthday.
    My brother bought a wicker basket for the front.
    He now likes hamming-up the “village parson” styling.

    sargey
    Full Member

    I got my old man a skydiving experience for his 82 birthday.
    Unfortunately he had a heart attack during the jump and died.

    Cured his constipation though. 😆

    johndoh
    Free Member

    For my FIL we got him a gliding day but our family went with him (and did a live Facebook Stream for his other children/grand-children who live in Oz & LA) then went out for a pub meal afterwards too.

    FuzzyWuzzy
    Full Member

    I was quite boring, got my dad a 30-year old Whisky and a 40-year old Port for his 70th

    exocet
    Free Member

    Stoner – Member
    I bought my father this on his 71st birthday.
    My brother bought a wicker basket for the front.
    He now likes hamming-up the “village parson” styling.

    I’m 70 next birthday, buy me that and you’ll get a clout round the ear, I want a new bike with an engine.
    Triumph Scrambler will do thanks.

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