At this point in my life, I’m pretty hard to shop for. While I love getting new things just like everyone else, I just don’t actually need much anymore. I’m not hard on my clothes, I’m not growing out of anything, and I haven’t picked up any new hobbies so I don’t have many gear needs either. Even when I end up with a gift card, I have a hard time picking things out for myself, so I feel pretty bad for anyone out there shopping for me.
Luckily, one thing you can never have too much of in life is experiences. This is why I love Cloud 9 Living, a company that makes it so easy to give someone in your life the perfect experience that they will never forget. My wife was so excited when she found how easy it was to set up the perfect gift for me, one of the hardest people to buy for, and I had an amazing experience of a lifetime that I still can’t stop grinning crazily about. So, how does Cloud 9 Living work? You start by simply checking out the Cloud 9 Living website and finding out what is available near your lucky recipient. Then you just choose the experience that’s perfect for them and sure to make their day. Your recipient will then be notified via email or printed gift certificate telling them of the adventure they have been gifted and instructions on how to redeem by phone or by website.
Experience gifts can include food and wine excursions, or gifts for couples like romantic boat tours, sports activities, or more adrenaline fueled outings including driving or even flying experiences. The best part is Cloud 9 Living has done all the research and coordinating for you, you just pick from their long list of activities they have available that you never even knew existed.
Cloud 9 Living offers over 2,000+ experiences across the nation, which means there truly is something for everyone. Go on, surprise that special someone because their no risk guarantee gives you all the fun without a markup as well as free exchanges and returns…or your recipient can choose to upgrade their experience themselves.
And, if you are having trouble deciding, you can even purchase a gift card and let them pick the level of excitement they can handle. I don’t know about you, but I think that just might be the best definition of “choose your own adventure” I can imagine.
This is now our second experience with Cloud 9 Living, and it definitely won’t be the last. Knowing how much fun I had before, my wife decided I needed to learn how to fly a helicopter.
The kids got into the surprise and created a scavenger hunt for me where I would find out the news that I would soon be cruising in a Robinson R-22 over Seattle. My little guy was super excited to see me take off in a helicopter and wasn’t going to last long keeping the surprise, so the hunt started the minute I walked in the door from work. I called that same day and chose which time I wanted for my flight lesson, and I was all ready to go. The hardest part was then waiting for the day of my lesson to come. The day of, we were all excited as we piled in the car and headed down to Classic Helicopter Corporation in Seattle.
To get started on our helicopter lesson, we spent some time on the ground beforehand going over how the helicopter works, how to do the pre-flight checks, and how to add fuel for the flight. It was really cool to go in depth into how the helicopter mechanics work and learn so much in addition to the fun of flying. Once we got flying, we headed south from the airport and my instructor had me practice flying straight and making small adjustments, and then we started doing tighter turns which were really fun to do. After the turns, my instructor flew us over to some woods with a clearing in the middle and dropped us down in between the trees to show how you can land in pretty small areas. I’ve been in helicopters a few times now and it really never gets old being up in the air like that with the most amazing views you have ever seen, but being the one flying the helicopter is the stuff dreams are made of, and something I will never forget. You can see some highlights of my flight lesson on our YouTube video here:
All too soon it was time to head back and in my mind I was already scheming how I can get back in a helicopter again. The whole experience was just amazing; both for how incredible it was and also for how easy it all was to do. I’ve dreamed of flying a helicopter ever since I was young but up until I found out about Cloud 9 Living, I never thought it would ever become a reality.
Having now been on the receiving end of a Cloud 9 Living experience, I can only say that I’m now more than ever a believer in experiences over standard gifts. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good necktie as much as the next guy, but I think piloting a helicopter might be a tad more memorable. If you would like to get a loved one an experience they will never forget, head over to Cloud9Living.com and check out the broad range of adventures they offer nationwide. Whether they would like a guided food tour or to drive a real race car, there’s truly an experience for everyone.
Shopping for Father’s Day? Check out Cloud 9 Living and give them the experience of a lifetime in just seconds! Go on, surprise dad with something other than a necktie.