Race to the Father’s Day Finish Line

June 14, 2013    |    By +
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In a perfect gifting world, this post is not relevant because everyone bought their gifts weeks in advance, but who are we kidding? No one is perfect and gift shopping is easy to let slip through the cracks for millions of reasons called life. So, since we know that loads of gifts are sought out at the last minute, we love to find and share great options that can be scooped up when time is tight. Here is what I consider the grand champion of last minute Father’s Day gifts and why…

Experience Gifts have stood the test of time because they are a lot of fun, they create memories and most importantly they’re easy to get and give at the last second! Let’s face it, dads don’t need more junk and they probably don’t get out and do new things very often. This is the perfect gift for him!

If you are not familiar with an experience gift, it’s when the receiver is given the gift of “doing”. Experience gifts vary widely and can be as exciting and thrilling as tandem skydiving or bi-plane ride or can be as easygoing and educational as a golf lesson with a pro or beer tour. In fact, I became an experience gift super fan when I went on a “Drive A Stock Car” experience a while back.

One thing I really love about experience gifts is they’re flexible.  There are so many types of experiences to choose from, there’s bound to be a thrill that will be perfect for your Dad. We’ve created an experience map to make it easy to find out what types of experiences are available in different parts of the country. This is especially awesome if you and your dad live in different towns.

Also, experience gifts are perfect for racing to the Father’s Day finish line because they can be paid for online and delivered virtually via an emailable gift certificate. It doesn’t get any more time crunch friendly than that.

Speaking of racing to the finish line, I just found a very cool experience for any dad who appreciates fine machinery, a little adrenaline rush, and the power of being behind the wheel.  The Race a Ferrari experience gives dad the chance to get behind the wheel of one of the finest automobiles in the world.

ferrari experience

The experience is actually a day at the track where he is first taught racing techniques and tips by a professional instructor. Once he knows the ropes, Dad gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia or Ferrari F430. While it’s nearly impossible to describe in words what all that horsepower feels like, let’s just say going from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and 0-100 mph in 6.7 seconds will be a thrill (and a gift!) he will never forget. It’s pretty easy to imagine tons of dads out there who would love to get behind a quarter of a million dollar car for Father’s Day. Just make sure he doesn’t have a heart condition because this ride is not for the faint-hearted, literally.

So remember if you’re getting tight on time, an Experience Gift is really the best of all gifting worlds by being a gift that will be remembered forever and can be purchased and given in an instant.

Want more gift ideas? See our favorite gifts for him.

Need more Father’s Day inspiration?  See all of our Father’s Day guides to help you find your way to the perfect gift.



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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