I’ve been known to give some interesting birthdays gifts in my time.
Some elicit laughter, some tears….
Some? Downright befuddlement.
It’s all good.
In the past few years, I’ve gifted my husband with experiences as well as tangible items.
2014 was a beer making lesson.
Friends and family joined us for what I thought would be a laugh a minute celebration…
Ah, look at those happy faces.
(Word of warning – if you’re thinking about trying it? There’s a lot more to beer than drinking. And I don’t recommend any of it.)
Beer drinking? Fun!
Not so much.
It’s a long involved process…. that I completely stopped caring about two hours in.
Look at him… he had his tasting glass ready and it wasn’t anywhere near finished.
Birthday experience gift rating on a scale of 1 to 10?
Last year I nailed it with a School of Falconry class.
This was fabulous and we both enjoyed it immensely.
Husband got up close and personal with a Harris Hawk and a Peregrine Falcon.
And they were both beautiful creatures.
Learning to handle them can be challenging.
As well as a little intimidating.
Of course, they were nothing compared to the instructor.
She was downright terrifying.
(I think the husband had flashbacks to boot camp and reverted to a quivering PFC before my eyes.)
But baggie of dead quails aside?
An awesome day.
Birthday experience gift rating?
A definite 10!
So this year, along with the rock and other assorted presents…
I gave him a helicopter.
Okay, calm down.
Those babies go for $425,000.
I gave him the experience of learning how to fly a helicopter.
Half an hour class instruction, half an hour flying time with 2 guests.
I’m not sure when we’ll do it, most likely after the weather warms up.
But I’m guessing it’s going to be a good one!
Assuming we don’t die in a flaming fireball of a crash…
That’s bound to reduce the rating.