This man of mine is NOT EASY to buy for. But this year I had the perfect idea. Kites. Yes.
A few years ago he found a trick kite at a garage sale and it was love. But it was stolen last summer. He ran a kid to the bathroom and someone walked off with a six foot kite and 60 feet of unwound kite line.
We happen to live fairly close to an awesome kite shop. The owner actually designed most of these kites, so he always has an easy fix if we lost or damaged a part. In fact, he built a whole new frame for Justin's first kite so it wouldn't spring apart when it crashed. He (easily) talked me into getting a kid's one as well this time. It's much smaller but the wind was STRONG that day, so it would just take Abbey for a run every time she got it up and going.
I was just about to head in when I decided to give the big one a go. I had it up for maybe 30 seconds when I lost control and slammed it into this one, tiny pole in the field. It was the craziest luck, the pole only stood about 2-3 feet out of the ground. Anyway, I completely busted it and couldn't help but burst out laughing. Of course. Of course I destroyed his only gift right on his birthday. But our kite magician had it back and running and charged me about $4.
I banned myself from flying in high winds, but this guy has so much control over them, it's really fun to watch him fly all the tricks. He's adding up in years, but I don't think he'll ever outgrow toys!