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Gift Ideas for Grumpy Old Men

By Adam Smithski

Many people have a grumpy old man in their life, whether it’s a family member or a curmudgeonly friend who just loves a good old moan about anything and everything to anyone who will listen.

From comedy grouches in the Victor Meldrew vein to seriously miserable old beggars who hate the very idea of fun, someone has to try and shake these people out of their negative moods. If you are searching for the perfect gift experience for someone who could do with a little cheering up, even if it has to happen by force.

Harking back to the good old days

For the grumpy old man in your life who just can’t stop telling you how they know how to have fun in his day, you might need to look at an activity from the past in order to give him a day out with a difference.

Jousting might be right up his alley, in which case a chance to try his hand at this ancient and exciting sport should help him to forget about moaning for a while. If not, he can take out his frustration on his opponents and maybe even use his pent up rage to his advantage by channelling it into making like a medieval knight and taking down the competition.

However he fares, he will take part in a knighting ceremony at the end of the day, which should put a smile on his face for at least a little while – just make sure you capture it on camera in case nobody believes you.

Release his inner grump in style

If you think that a chance to get seriously surly would suit your grumpy old man, then tank paintballing might be his idea of heaven. Nothing is sure to stave off road rage as effectively as being behind the controls of an armoured personnel carrier.

Not only will he get the chance to try his hand at navigating around a bombing range from World War II, but the tank has been modified to allow it to fire 40mm paint rounds from its cannon.

He will be kitted up with all the gear, including Kevlar helmet, tank suit and a radio headset to enable on-board communication with the instructor who will help and guide him to victory against the opposing team.

A taste of nostalgia

For many grumpy old men, one of the most annoying things about life is that things aren’t as good now as they were in the past.

That doesn’t necessarily mean any particular period of the past – most of them think of the golden era as being the time of their own childhood, of which their memories are all of idyllic times spent bathed in sunshine.

If you want to give someone an experience which will give them a chance to recapture the past, then a chance to fly a vintage plane is a fantastic idea.

Soaring through the sky in a flying machine from the golden age of aviation is surely an ideal way for any grumpy old man to enjoy spectacular views, and if he still has a box brownie lying around somewhere he can even take some suitably old-school photos.

Whatever your grumpy old man gets most irate about, you can use any special occasion as an opportunity to try and cheer him up with a gift experience.

Whether he’s a potential high flyer, a tank commander in the making or just someone who could do with a shake-up from their normal routine, you can at least give him something new to moan about when you treat him to an activity day.

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