Ho! Ho! Ho!
We’ve all been there. Every 12 months we are faced with the task of finding something unusually different for our brother, father, mother or neighbor, cousin or brother-in-law. And the older they get, chances are they’ve already received the same gift three times over.
What do do?
Just follow this of the shy-is-the-limit gift ideas for all of those special people in your life.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
Every wanted to experience the thrill of driving a NASCAR race car at speeds of up to 165 MPH on tracks like Daytona, Talladega or Indianapolis? Unfortunately, you don’t have a $28 million budget to compete with NASCAR drivers such as Jimmy Johnson or Mark Martin. Then consider the Richard Petty Driving Experience. For $109 you get three hot laps at one of 23 tracks across the country. You’ll feel the speed, hear the roar and live to tell about it because you have a professionally trained driving taking you on your thrill of a lifetime.
World War II Top Gun Training
Ever wanted to prove you had what it takes to keep the skies above France free from Nazi attack during World War II. The folks at Combat USA want to make your dream a reality. With packages that range from $1,300 to more than $13,000, you can rent a ride in a World War II-era planes. It’s a Christmas gift that every fighter-pilot wanna-be will love to have.
Next Stop: Outer Space
If you want to send that special someone out of this world, consider opening up your wallet for a flight and Christmas gift that is truly out of this world and aboard a Russian rocket from Space Travelers. After months of training, you’ll lift off from the Cosmodrome Baykonur in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz TMA spaceship on a 7- to 11-day voyage aboard the International Space Station. The cost: Well you’ll have to contact them for a quote. But since we are talking space flight here, expect the price to contain many zeros to the left of the decimal point.
The Harley-Davidson Man
If your special someone has what it takes to mingle with the Hells Angels crowd, but doesn’t want to leave the corporate world behind, consider renting a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Eagle Rider instead. For $135 a day, you can rent the Harley-Davidson of your dreams and ride out your dream of hitting the open road. It’s a Christmas Gift no one could ever forget.
Rent a Formula 1 Race Car
Rather than forking over a gift certificate for a local day spa, consider giving him the chance to ride in a Formula I race car. Yep, he can sample the world of the jet-set class where speed and ability have as much to do with success as timing and trackside politics. Exotic Car Rentals can make a full day of fun happen at prices starting at $3,395. Give the Christmas gift of speed.
Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp
Why treat them to an air guitar when they can live like a rock and roll star for a three-day festival of sound and being seen with the world’s top musicians. Rock Camps can make it happen. Future camps include jamming with Roger Daltry, lead singer for the British rock group the Who. This Christmas gift rocks.
Here’s a gift he’ll never forget and a gift you’ll probably never stop paying for. You can get tickets for the Super Bowl to be played Feb. 6, 2011 in Dallas, Texas from $2.000 to $380,000, depending how close to the 50-yard line you want to get. I’d wait two months for my Christmas gift if it meant going to the Super Bowl.
The current economic recession has made tickets at some sporting events a relative bargain and the Daytona 500 is one great example. For $600, you can get a ticket to see the Daytona 500 as well as the Nationwide and Camping World support races at Daytona Speedway.
Who doesn’t wish they could turn back the clock and relive an outrageous, no-holds-barred week of partying and alcohol indulgence known as Spring Break? Student City offers packages that range from $249 to $999 and from three days to more than a week. Every Christmas gift should be like this one.
Orange County Choppers
The crew at Orange County Choppers have been pounding out motorcycles and pounding out on each other for more than 10 years now. Their work still stops onlookers in their tracks. It’s a Christmas gift no one will ever forget.