Fathers Day 2012 Gifts
Fathers Day is just a few short days away and why not give him something worthy of the Penguin Lifestyle! Not a tie, useless tool, shaver or even a case of beer but something that will serve as a life changing adventure!
Whether he’s the adventurous type who will jump out of a plane or the relaxing kind who prefers to spend quality time with the family at the cottage, giving your dad an experience he can look back on is sometimes the best type of gift. And dads who are open minded stand the chance to have a Father’s Day they will never forget.
Send your father on a helicopter tour over the city, give him a shot behind an Air Combat Zone Flight Simulator, arrange for him to drive a Formula 101 race car, plan a romantic getaway to the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel for him and mom, or arrange a dinner bistro for two, where a chef will come over and cook a gourmet meal in his own kitchen.
“Fathers don’t necessarily need another tie or T-shirt … give him an experience,” says Murray Milthorpe, CEO of LifeExperiences.ca, which offers experience gift cards across Canada. “We put fun back into gift-giving, we provide consumers with unique experiential gifts that create ever-lasting memories.”
Arrange for your dad to relive the old days by enabling him to get behind the wheel of a 1966 Mustang convertible for three days, courtesy of Affinity Luxury Car Rentals in Toronto.
LifeExperiences offers 800 types of experiences from a paintball park, a golf course, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking and more.
The Great Canadian Adventure Company in Edmonton also offers gift cards to tours and adventure experiences. With a gift certificate to a specific place, dad can choose whichever activities he wants and create a tailored adventure. Another unique gift idea is white water rafting. Imagine the thrill of riding the rapids in the Canadian Rockies — what adventure seeking dad wouldn’t love that?
“There’s usually a bit of trepidation on what to expect — can I do this? Will I be able to pull off my share of the paddling? Will I actually like it?,” says Linda Irvine, co-owner of Kootenay River Runners. “Then you settle into the boat, gain immediate confidence in the guide, and notice that others in the boat are probably feeling as nervous as you are.
“By the time you’ve hit the first rapid … you’re ready for it and start screaming for more,” she continues. “With something like this, you’re not giving a static gift in a box, you’re giving an experience that a father can share with his family, out in nature, a gift that lives on with the memories. That’s what it’s about.”