Olivia turned 12 this month. Every year it gets harder and harder to think of something to buy her. With us receiving so many things via the blog for reviews we find ourselves thinking more and more outside the box with each passing year. This doesn’t just go for Olivia, but all the family children and my sisters too.
My youngest sister was 30 last October and I ended up paying out for tickets to see Wicked in London so she got an experience rather than just ‘things’. I think it is a little bit more special for milestones like this don’t you think? You may remember last year Olivia and I took another trip to London for her 11th birthday (seeing an expensive pattern here?).
As a family, we are quite partial to gifting experiences for presents. Concert tickets, cinema tickets, theatre shows amongst others have all come into play over the years as we try to gift each other something a little different and unique. As the girls are getting older, they too are starting to look for different ideas of things they want too.
Both Olivia and my eldest niece have expressed an interest in driving.
Although there isn’t anything local to us, they both really want to experience a young driver course. I never thought either of them would be interested so young but they do both really seem keen on the idea and I think it would make a great present for them both. Either together or individually.
Learning to drive at 25 myself, and subsequently having my own car, has given me so much more confidence. It is one of the things I am so pleased I managed to see through as an adult and I have no doubt that both the girls could benefit the same way too. It is such a big responsibility knowing how to control a car as well as being a great life skill to have when you become legal driving age.
There are so many different skills to learn to be able to carry through to careers as they get older.
I honestly believe, as well as being fun, learning something like this would give them a greater appreciation of drivers and driving. As well as a huge confidence boost.
To be honest, I could possibly do with learning some of the more advanced skills to help improve my own driving skills. Learning how to correctly implement heel-toe shifting, master rev-matching or even to learn how to drift could really help me out should I encounter situations out of my ordinary day to day driving experiences.
Maybe if we do book the girls a younger driver experience, I too could book myself for an off-road experience to hone my skills or even just to have fun driving in different terrains and situations. This could definitely be a great joint present for them both for Christmas! Have you ever had an off-road driving experience? Maybe you have taken your child(ren) for young driver experiences and it had a positive impact, I would love to know your thoughts if you have.