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    Dad's turning 60 - please help find pressie!!

    Hi guys,

    My dad turns 60 in 3 weeks time. I need something special but within a budget (£50 ish)

    I've only got him a bottle of Champagne so far & organised a cake. I considered national trust membership but he lives in Thailand for part of the year & wouldn't get the full use out it. He is able to buy watches etc much cheaper in Thailand so things like that are ruled out.

    He likes cycling & works outdoors & also enjoys camping. Any ideas would be really appreciated!!

    Thanks!!:thumbsup:

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    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, I'm just looking at your suggestions - nice ideas!

    A copy of a newspaper from the day he was born? There are a number of companys who offer a similar service, but this is the page for one of them...]http//ww…htm

    Original Poster

    Hi Stora,

    I think I love the leatherman! Have you seen these tools in real life? Do they look expensive or might he think it cost fiver off the market? Are they good quality (ie: do they work like they're meant too?).

    I've seen a leathermen, they;re the crem de la crem of multi tools

    stratomaster

    I've seen a leathermen, they;re the crem de la crem of multi tools



    The are quality tools. He will not be disappointed.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys!

    I've seen a leatherman surge for £62 delivered, but they don't do engraving.

    All companies that offer engraving are charging £82 (ish). Which is the best deal? Do you think I can get the £62 surge engraved myself for less then £82?

    Banned

    Leatherman tools are a good bit of kit

    Top idea, unless u travel these days

    Why not get him compact travelling kit, and a family photo!

    Simple things please some of us

    Do you have lots of digital piccies?? If you do, there's a wee program called ]"andrea mosaic" which you can download for free.

    Have you seen those movie posters, for example, where a big pic of yoda is made from lots of small pics from the movie? It does that...

    I just made one for an anniversary, got it printed with photobox, size 20" x 30"... and it is brilliant.

    Planning to do one for my mum on the next special occasion. It's a bit of effort, but well worth it.

    Just think - you could make him a collage of all the family members pics Kind of like this:

    http://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/tutorial/MosaicsWithFewTiles_files/kiwi_500.jpg



    http://static.filefront.com/images/personal/v/viakit/94592/hopauuyzsb.jpg

    Wow Emma, that is so cool.:thumbsup:

    Thanks Emma, that's very smart.

    I'm going to do a couple of the boys and get them printed.

    Yeah, it took me ages to get my one right, with quite a few crashes of the program as the image was quite big...

    Original Poster

    Thanks Emma, that looks fab! I'm going to get on & do one of those.

    Mikzos

    Thanks Emma, that looks fab! I'm going to get on & do one of those.



    Coolio, let me know how you get on! it's definitely a unique pressie!

    We got my dad a flying lesson for his 60th - he was very overwhelmed and still talks about it now 3 years on. We did it as a total surprise and he came to see us on the actual day and we told him just before we left what we'd done. Cost £65 from memory which I know is slightly over budget. They also get a little certificate.

    Original Poster

    Hi Emma,

    Well it took me nearly all day to get it right but I've done it & it looks great!!

    Many thanks!

    How about a 'trial' flight lesson?

    Might be a few quid more but for about 45 mins of his life he will be shown how to prepare his aircraft for the flight, pre flight check, take-off assistance, free flying once in the air and assisted landing. They usually get about 25-30 minutes in the air in something like a Cessna aircraft.

    Kinda fun instead of being a passenger all the time and he should get a certificate at the end of it, contact your local (small) airfield or flying club :thumbsup:

    Crazy1

    How about a 'trial' flight lesson?Might be a few quid more but for about … How about a 'trial' flight lesson?Might be a few quid more but for about 45 mins of his life he will be shown how to prepare his aircraft for the flight, pre flight check, take-off assistance, free flying once in the air and assisted landing. They usually get about 25-30 minutes in the air in something like a Cessna aircraft. Kinda fun instead of being a passenger all the time and he should get a certificate at the end of it, contact your local (small) airfield or flying club :thumbsup:



    Yes but can you get a stone out of a horses hoof with it ;-)

    stora

    Yes but can you get a stone out of a horses hoof with it ;-)



    You lost me there :thinking:

    Crazy1

    You lost me there :thinking:


    #
    sorry I was trying to be sarcastic about my penknife/tool post

    http://www.swissknifeshop.co.uk/images/equestrian.gif

    stora

    #sorry I was trying to be sarcastic about my penknife/tool post



    But would he be allowed to carry it on the plane back to Thailand, and could he trust the baggage handlers to leave it in his hold baggage :w00t: ([SIZE=1]wait for the barrage of abuse now, 'we don't do that') :giggle: [/SIZE]

    Original Poster

    Hi folks,

    Well, my brother has already got him a flying lesson (1 hours lesson) so I need to choose something else, although it would have been a good idea if he hadn't had it before me!!! My brother also thought my dad would look ridiculous turning up on a job with no tools, other then the leatherman in his pocket, so I'm now wondering if he has a point. Customs saga is also a possible problem.

    On the bright side, I've made him a cool card using the mosaiic idea of Emmas.
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