GIFTS FOR MEN OVER 55

Men are notoriously hard to buy for BUT I think buying gifts for men over 55 must be the hardest of the lot. They normally have everything they want: a well stocked shed / garage, wardrobe, liquor cabinet and they just buy what they want.

So, what do you buy ‘ the guy who has everything’? Often the joy of the newest, shinny thing has waned by this age- material gifts just don’t have the same appeal they once did. Then you have to look at what experiences you can offer a gift rather than products.

The criteria for purchasing a gift for men over 55 then becomes, can you provide an experience that, firstly, gives the recipient a great experience and secondly do it in a way he can share it with family and friends.

The second part is often overlooked but it is a significant component when choosing a suitable gift. From my perspective watching clients in this age bracket drive our extreme 4x4s around our tracks the ‘purpose’ of the experience is to create a memory. Something special to do AND share.

Gifts for men over 55 is all about creating a lasting memory. I can’t think of more than a handful of men in the last 10 years within this age bracket who came by themselves to do the drive. For younger men this is not uncommon but the over 55’s almost always come with family and / or friends. It’s one of the main reasons we offer fee rides for passengers – anything is far more memorable as a shred experience.

When considering a gift for men over 55 I would recommend really thinking about an activity that will be memorable but just as importantly a gift that can be shared.

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Ragged Edge
Excellent
5.0
Based on 177 reviews
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This totally exceeded all my expectations, if your into 4wding, this is a MUST DO!! The instructors cater to your skill level and know what the buggies are capable of even with rookie drivers.All round a great day out with some mates playing with cool big toys 10/10
Response from the owner: Thanks for the great review Phil and May. It is great to have courses that are challenging for experienced four wheel drivers like yourselves but also perfect for beginners to use. We look forward to seeing you again.
Ragged Edge Rock Crawlers and off road course was amazing. Great instructors, making it easy and fun! I really enjoyed learning to use the rear steer and also the course, lots of great angles and articulation for cool photos.
Response from the owner: Great photo's! Happy to hear you had such a good time Toni. Thanks for the review!
Bloody awesome, loved the experience and the little one was absolutely in awe of the buggy’s cruising around!
Response from the owner: Love the photos James - thankyou!
Just had an awesome day at Ragged Edge - the whole experience was spot on: the cars, the tracks, Chris and the team were all excellent and made for a very memorable day. I went with the OCKA club and would highly recommend this experience. Well done guys!
Response from the owner: Glad you enjoyed it Ed! Thanks for the review
Absolutely unforgettable experience for both the driver and passengers! Chris was attentive, knowledgeable and humorous which made our driver go from novice to pro in our 2hr session. I bought this as a surprise gift for my partner and safe to say, he was a very happy birthday boy! Thanks again Ragged 4X4.
A great experience, fun day out. Chris was amazing to deal with. Would definitely go again and highly recommend.
Purchased this for my husband for Christmas, he is a hard person to buy for and he absolutely loved this. Chris was an awesome guide and we all had fun as a family being passengers on the different courses. Highly recommend for a person who likes a challenge.
Chris was awesome to deal with, he made our experience fun and friendly! What a wonderful gift to give to my partner he absolutely loved it and had a smile from ear to ear the whole day!
Chris was a great bloke knew what he was talking about and very patient could not recommend this experience enough, it is a good birthday surprise.
Chris does an incredible job at running such a fun filled challenging adrenaline experience, this is our second time back because we love it so much!! It’s hubby’s ultimate de stress, fun filled day. Value you for money is spot on.We strongly recommended Chris and his experience to anyone! Such a ripper of a day!Keep up the amazing work Chris your a ripper!!
What a day!! Will definitely be going back instructor was amazing would definitely recommend 👌
Had an awesome day with my son, couldn’t recommend this experience more.Chris is an excellent teacher and really takes the time to make sure you understand what is going on.Am definitely going back to do this with my partner !Thank again.
I surprised my partner with this experience for his 21st birthday and he and myself had the best time! Chris was an amazing instructor full of energy and laughs! We will definitely be coming back and we recommend it to anyone who likes 4x4 and a thrill !
Absolutely amazing! 100% recommend this for anyone!It was a fun and challenging team work experience, including the passenger too helping with some of the controls and navigation challenges.Chris is a fantastic teacher and guides you through each course. We both felt very safe under his guidance (the guidance is 1000% necessary as the courses and driving are totally different to "normal" driving and even 4x4 driving).We did the full package, which took just over 2 hours to complete.We would recommend the full package, as it is so fun you'll want to do them all, and to experience the full challenge!I was a little worried it would be too similar to 4x4 driving, but this was not the case at all with how Chris's "cars" drive.Chris had great communication and emailed my booking confirmation straight after I booked, he sms'ed and emailed confirmation, and the day prior checked in with update for weather, what to bring etc.Thank you so much Chris for such a fun morning and making Aaron's birthday special 🥰
Our experience with Ragged Edge was absolutely fabulous. Due to COVID we had to reschedule our booking. 3 years later they honoured our purchase .. so, buy in advance and when it suits you .. go and enjoy your 4x4 experience. The tracks were very challenging with loads of bends and twists, mud and rocks, walls and deep puddles.Chris was very friendly and patient. Thank you Chris for the time you put into making this experience fun for us all.
HIGHLY recommend the 4x4 ragged edge if you're looking for an awesome experience! With just yourself/ family or friends! You can go day or night! & Chris really makes sure you're getting the best out of it & is with you the whole time ensuring you are safe & is great for a laugh! He is so professional, patient & extremely encouraging!!!!You can also watch super close at view points if you're not driving!Go!! Its worth every cent!!! & we will DEFINITELY be back!!! Was so much fun!!!Thankyou Chris for having us today! See you again soon!!!If I could give a higher star rating I would!!!!
If you want to try something different then definitely give Ragged Edge 4x4 a go!! Chris is an amazing instructor and the courses are epic!! Bring a passenger and get their blood pumping as you go sideways through holes and across a near vertical wall!! Amazing day, thank you very much!!!
Awesome experience from start to finish.Chris is professional, patient, relaxed yet highly experienced. He is an exceptional communicator who in 1 hour takes you from novice driver of one of these amazing V8 powered 4-wheel steer machines to doing things you would never have expected possible or within your own capability. His instructions are crystal clear and incorporate him showing first hand then letting you take the reins.Just as importantly, Chris himself made the experience most enjoyable, adding his own brand of welcomed dry humour.My wife and I had a blast and both highly recommend Ragged Edge to anyone wanting to challenge themselves and have some unique fun 'time out'.Lastly, Ragged Edge is a privately owned (Chris) local business that has survived COVID. Let's all support businesses like this to help them get back "on track" (pun intended).Thanks Chris for being such a friendly and capable host, ensuring that we had a wonderful and memorable morning in "Lumpy", a truly amazing vehicle.Peter
One of the best experiences in Victoria. So unique and well run by Chris. Had an incredible time and cannot wait to go back :)
Chris was awesome. Really enjoyed the drive. Would highly recommend.
Had an absolute ball today. Chris was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole process from booking in, re scheduling due to weather and then finally doing it.Chris’s knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the whole experience is what made it soo much fun. The joy he takes in watching you figure out how to navigate the course and fail was lots of fun.10/10 and would highly recommend it to anyone on the fence.Cheers!
We had so much fun and had the best time! Chris was awesome! Would do it again for sure.
Chris is an absolute legend, very professional and patient through the walkthrough of how to drive the buggy. Takes you on a driven lap as well as let's you drive your own through the course. Well worth it!
Wow what a great day out! Didn't know what to expect even up to getting in the buggy. The day got better each drive and track. Chris was a very organised operator and even better teacher. Go in with an open mind and be ready to drive like you never have! Thanks Chris for a great day out. Will be recommending you to everyone I know. Cheers Dan
What a sensational experience. With the knowledge that Chris provides, even the least experienced people can relax and enjoy the drive. I never wanted to stop. Recommend to all who love learning new skills and having a good time.
This experience was a surprise gift from my wife, so I had no idea something like this even existed.I really enjoyed the experience regardless of my unenthusiastic expressions and what Chris (the business owner) would have to say about it.The entire course is designed to last about an hour but Chris is very flexible and takes his time to help you understand the course and the vehicle. He will also navigate you through the toughest course on offer which of course I initially thought he is just now showcasing the capability of the vehicle, only to realise part way through that I’m going to have to perform all these manoeuvres. So my advise to you is pay attention as it’s very useful.Other positives of this activity are that you can have a passenger who gets the exhilarating experience with you. It’s so much cooler than 4WDing in a normal car.Chris is a really good operator, friendly, and a wealth of knowledge. Knows the vehicle so well that he can guide you millimetre perfect from the outside and is also very clear with the instructions.I already have a list of people I would be recommending this for in my family and will be looking forward to doing it again haha.PS you get to way cooler stuff than shown in the images. Also I’m confident that it is well priced because my wife booked it
One of the best experiences and I was a passenger. My husband really enjoyed this surprise. Chris makes you feel comfortable and safe throughout the whole ride and the track gives you a variety of experiences
Chris was awesome to deal with. Great atmosphere great cars. Great day
Awesome experience Chris made us feel very comfortable with the vehicle was very patient and we had lots of fun would highly recommend Cheers mate - Andrew
Fantastic day out at Ragged Edge. Chris is a superstar instructor and had us ripping around the course with full confidence. Organising the day was extremely easy and Chris accommodated all our requests. Couldn't recommend them more.
Was an awesome experience. I would recommend to anyone who is into 4wheel driving. 100% worth it and was way above my expectations. Chris is an awsome bloke and a great teacher too.
Extremely enjoyable experience! Highly recommend to anyone interested.
My husband had such an amazing experience! This is an absolute must do!Chris was so patient and such a really great guy. 10/10 would recommended to anyone interested. Our 10 yo even went in it and had a blast!
I was amazed in the angles the car could get into without tipping over. Chris's instructions were fantastic. I enjoyed every bit of the experience. Very highly recommended
Chris you're a legend! Really helpful in guidance through the (tough) tracks. We really enjoyed our time there and couldn't recommend a better place to go on a date, lol. Thanks again
Cannot recommend Chris at Ragged Edge enough. Chris was a fantastic teacher, super patient and knowledgeable. He made the whole experience challenging and fun.My husband had an absolute blast.The kids and I loved being able to ride passenger (even when the husband put the buggy on its side 🤣)Highly recommend doing the four tracks. We will definitely be back for a night run!
We had such a fun morning. Chris was patient and clear with instructions for the course 😁 I had a great time riding as passenger, which as a bonus as it's no extra charge. Would recommend to anyone
It was a fantastic experienceChris was kind, fun and make us feel secure to enjoy the most of it
Was a great experience. Nothing like anything I had done in a car before. Chris was with you the whole time to explain anything you were unsure of and then let’s you go to enjoy the experience while still providing guidance from a distance. Will 100% be back to do it again. Great gift idea for anyone who likes driving or just wants to try something new.
Chrisq is awesome and it offers so much value to the experience, you think you can’t do it but then he teaches you and you do it, it’s incredible what the buggy can do you won’t believe it until you’re in the driver seat
My daughter told me about Ragged Edge when I arrived in Melbourne from Canada for a visit . Right away I knew I wanted to try it , coming from a small off road background I thought I would have an idea of what to do , I didn’t have a clue lol . Chris is such a good instructor with in no time he had me crawling rocks . I cannot recommend this experience enough . It was so much more than I had ever expected , so over the top . If you are anywhere around Melbourne or Geelong Ragged Edge 4X4 cannot be missed you will be sorry . Thank you Chris for one of the biggest highlights of my trip , I wish there were more than five stars.
My fiance booked this for us. I'm not much of a 4wd person, but love cars, trucks as I build them . This would have to be one of the coolest rushes , to drive this course under instruction by Chris, who provides great instructions. was absolutely awesome ! Once you get a idea of the driving style to climb, drop and turn its a crazy experience. Definatly recommend !! Chris was awesome to deal with and provided a great experience all round 😎
I went here with my partner and her Dad, who's has a trials riding background. The car and the course was an absolute blast - you can really do some wicked things in these machines. Big shout out to our expert trainer/driver - Chris. He knows he stuff, is very patient, clear and concise with instruction and knows how to get you to have fun.We highly recommend the 4 course package, espif it's your first time rock crawling. You will not regret it!!
We had an absolute blast! Chris is an amazing instructor and the whole experience was above and beyond our expectations. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone.
Chris was great, a fantastic time. Almost a "Bucket List" experience. The vehicle was great to drive, and advice and guidance first class. John
This experience was awesome, we will 100% be coming back and also recommending to mates!Chris was extremely nice and welcoming and great to get along with!
Great experience, would recommend 10/10
The Ragged Edge 4x4 adventure was an exhilarating experience! Chris the owner, played a pivotal role in making it an exceptional day. His patience, friendliness, and expertise in navigating the tracks ensured a thrilling and safe journey. Every moment was filled with excitement making the entire day an unforgettable adventure. Highly recommended for off-road enthusiasts seeking both adrenaline and a fantastic host!
Had a blast!Chris is very calm!Loved the experience!!
Amazing experience.Great set-up and equipment.I recommend that you give it a go.I had the best time ever and can't wait to go back .
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