What do you get for a person who has everything they could possibly want? That has been my dilemma with my parents for a long time, and I finally realized that buying them an experience rather than an actual physical gift was the best thing I could do for them. For my dad’s last birthday, I decided to look into skydiving in the UK. He has often told us stories of when he was in the military, and his one regret was that he never got to skydive on a regular basis.
He has jumped out of a few planes, but it was at least 30 years ago, and I knew that he would cherish the experience to do that again. I wanted to do it for both of them, but I knew my mom would never agree to jump out of a plane that is a couple of miles above us in the sky. My dad is super adventurous though, and he was excited when I told him what I had bought him. He liked it even more when he found out that the instructors are also former military men, and he was eager to get with them.
He still had to go through the obligatory training, but that only lasted about 30 minutes. He told me that it was like riding a bike though. Once you know how to, it is something you never really forget, no matter how much time has passed. He had so much fun that day, and I have not seem him glowing like that in a very long time. He is talking about doing it again, and he is actually trying to talk my mom into jumping with him next time! I have to say that this is one of the best gifts I have given him.