Give The Gift of an Experience

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After 11 wedding anniversaries, 9 Father’s Day’s and  countless birthdays I was well and truly running our of gift ideas for my husband.   The kids always contribute with their boundless amounts of homemade cards and artwork but I love for him to know how much he is valued and appreciated by the way of a gift.

So this Father’s Day I searched a little further than the department store junk mail for a gift he would remember.  A quick google of “Experience Gifts” and I hit the jackpot, “Adrenalin.”

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With 100’s of experiences to choose from I left it to the kids to pick! One loved the idea of Parasailing but he has already done that!  Another (can you guess who?) loved the idea of Daddy driving a Race Car.  I could only wonder if that is a reflection of his everyday driving skills?  Keen for him to not just be a passenger but to experience the thrill of actually driving the car we signed him up for 6 Laps driving a V8 Race Car.

As excited as he was approaching the Race Track he admits he was slightly daunted when he realised just how fast these machines went!  He had a choice of cars, a quick safety talk and off he went.

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To say he loved it is an understatement.  He grabbed a video of the experience on a usb to bring home and we all loved watching the Spedometer to see how fast he was going and the expressions on his face!  He loved to talk us through what he had to do at each part of the track and raved about how heart pumping it was.

Honestly, the only negative thing was why didn’t I think of this sooner!  To think of all the hours wasted shopping for a present that was then going to sit unused for the rest of the year, when I could have been giving a gift of an experience.

Best of all it was great to see how much our children loved to watch Daddy taking a risk, experiencing and learning something new and that sometimes the best present are not material items but experiences and memories that will last a life time.

FATHER’S DAY: What to buy, for the impossible to buy for, Dad!

Father’s Day fills me with panic.  I swear my husband is THE HARDEST person to buy for!  He doesn’t follow sport, have a favourite team, a hobby or an addiction to computer games.  He doesn’t fall into the “Department Store Catalogue Categories” of Sporty Dad, Business Dad or Tech Dad.  In saying that he is pretty easy to please and anything we buy him he at least “pretends” to love. 

So what do you buy for the person that is impossible to buy for?

1. NEW CLOTHES.  Because someones got to do it.  Hubby would NEVER buy himself new clothes.  If he didn’t receive new clothes as presents he would happily wear the same outfit for the next three years. So I am using Father’s Day as a chance to update his wardrobe.

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This smart casual combo form Target is $50 for the outfit!  Yes the whole outfit!  There were actually a few colour combos in this Oxford Shirt and Maxx Slim Shorts.  BONUS: Both are in stock Online!!!

2. LUGGAGE.  This is out of necessity.  There have been many an occasion when he is taken the kids to a theme park solo.  I have watched on as he packs his things into reusable grocery bags.  TRUE STORY.  Every Dad needs a great back pack, an efficient piece of carry on luggage and a stylish small suitcase.  

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Small Hard Shell Suitcase: For when he take you away for that couples vacation (or for me to steal for my next girls weekend!!)

Backpack: Complete with lunch cooler and drink bottle.

Business Travel Bag; Perfect as carry on luggage or for a weekend away.

3. DVD’s. Whether its Fishing Shows, The latest TV on DVD, Action Flicks or a good Doco, DVD’s are always the easiest present!

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If you really want to impress check out the boxed sets or complete seasons of his favourite series.

4. FOOD. The way to a mans heart is through his stomach isn’t it?

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If you are not up for hand making some sweet treats check out the always favourite Party bucket full of choccies!  Surely he will share?  Not a sweet tooth? How about a selection of  hot sauce, nuts or coffee?

5. ALCOHOL. This doesnt mean spending a small fortune on the best Whiskey available. 

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A beer brewing kit, some new freezable beer steins or even a new cooler bag to carry it all in! 

If all else fails,  you could just buy him something that you really want! That seems to be what happens when he buys me Christmas presents!!! It’s payback time!

This is a sponsored post as part of Target’s Bloggers Hub.