How wonderful, because YOU love your iPad, you think your parent will. OK, that's your opinion. You'll find out soon enough if they agree with you. Just because we jump to new technology like Pavlov's dog, doesn't mean our parents, grandparents and other elders are that excited. It's pretty intimidating to be given a gift that you don't have a clue how to use, why use it or why someone thought you'd want it beyond the fact they really like theirs.
I'm speaking from experience. I'm a 40 something woman, in tech and communications and have been since 1988. I work from home at my desk. Until last Christmas I was the proud owner of a pink Razer phone - you know the type - the flip fronts where if you want to text someone you are pushing each key three times to get the one you want. It was so bad that my friends would applaud when I would text because they realized the effort it took. I enjoyed being unplugged and taking technology breaks. I also would print directions from Mapquest or Google Maps and rely on my Thomas Guide once I was out - or would call home to be talked in to a destination. Pathetic, yes, especially for someone who makes a living from technology.
When I opened my gift that was labeled, "From your clients.." I knew the time had come. The decision had been made for me that I needed to move forward to better serve my clients. I received an iPhone4 and literally backed away from the box due to intimidation. How would I get all my "stuff" into it? How would I learn ANOTHER device. I'm a PC. This was daunting - for about 4 hours. Going back isn't an option. I'll give up pedicures, manicures, anything to keep the additional unlimited texting plan and service. I am less frustrated and lost about 90% less than I used to be.