recommend me – an amazing present for my dad
Looking for some cool ideas for my dad’s birthday. He’s 70 this year, and on top of that he’s had a rough time of late and I know that something special from his kids would really mean a lot to him. He’s not one for big extravagant possessions so we’re thinking more along the lines of an “experience” type gift…
He’s a retired engineer and is into aviation, trains, motorbikes, history, jazz, Monty python, tinkering, travelling…
My sister’s idea is flywithaspitfire.co.uk
Sounds cool, you don’t get much for 400 notes, but it’s along the right lines
Any ideas from the hive mind?
CheersPosted 4 years ago
tomhoward – Member
My dads going on a fast taxi in a Lancaster in a couple of month, £200 ish I think?
We got a taxi in Lancaster once.Posted 4 years ago
Nissan Bluebird, I think.
Smelt vaguely of Feu Orange, vomit and wet wipes.
Quite nice, but we paid a lot less than £200.00.chaosSubscriber
Similar to vorlich but we did a photo album for our fathers 80th. Family pics right from his own childhood up to the present along with in-line comments/thoughts/etc. If you get the old photos digitised (sp?), there are some good online printers to do a decent book – e.g. http://www.photobox.co.uk.
Takes quite a lot of time to put together but I think that’s the element most appreciated.Posted 4 years agoaidanoggySubscriber
We got my FIL a trial gliding lesson for his 76th birthday. He’s into planes and boats and things too.
We made a good day of it, we drove him up to Sutton Bank Gliding club, took photos while he did the briefing and took the lesson, then took him on for a nice lunch after
He actually said it was the best birthday present hes ever had, and the smile on his face after confirmed that!
Not only that but he continued with the lessons all through last year and looks like hes starting again at Easter!Posted 4 years agoBulletSubscriber
Some great suggestions here – my two’penneth… Porsche Experience at Silverstone, on their test track next to Hangar Straight as oppoese to the actual circuit. You get 90 minutes driving with one to one tuition in a 911 of your choice, just brilliant fun! http://www.porsche.com/silverstone/en/experience/porschedrivingexperience/Posted 4 years agoDoh1NutSubscriber
We got our Dad a supercar driving day which was fine albeit a little disorganized. (That the cars needed refilling with fuel at lunch time appeared a surprise to them), but my Dad was not really comfortable thrashing a car he had just stepped into. I wish we had gone for the classic car version where he could have simply appreciated being in an Aston DB5.Posted 4 years ago
Lap dancing – now you’re talking! 😀
The stirling engines are seriously cool, bit OT but I’m pretty sure he’d love that, I want one myself actually…
He’s got a bad back which I think would rule out some of the more extreme or bumpy activities although he’d definitely enjoy themPosted 4 years agoanjsMember
F4 simulator if he is really into planesPosted 4 years agobrukSubscriber
A lot of these experiences have an upper age limit so worth checking before you book.
My dad did a single seater drive but actually preferred the sighting laps in a hot hatch because it was more accessible.
I’ve had a flying lesson which was great but too expensive to carry on with.
Book of photos would be great idea too.Posted 4 years agosparkyspiceSubscriber
Very kind offer Mitch, I’m in Bristol and my dad currently lives in London, soon to move somewhere else, unknown at this stage.
He and I used to restore old British bikes in the garage when I was a kid, which he sold a long time ago. I did wonder if I could track one of them down and surprise him. Chances are pretty slim I think…
Steam train and beer certainly sounds like a winner. he’s already had a balloon flight, which he loved although the landing was a bit traumatic! I can recommend one balloon company to avoid too!
Thanks for all the other replies fellasPosted 4 years ago
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