Are you shopping for a Christmas gift for an adrenaline-seeking adventure lover? If the answer is yes, you've come to the right place. We’ve pulled together our guide to experience gifts which are sure to amaze them. From reaching great heights in a hot air balloon, to getting back to nature on a kayaking trip, we’ve got a fantastic range of gifts for those who live an adventure. Whoever you’re shopping for and whatever they’re into, you can guarantee these experiences will live long in the memory (and isn’t that the best gift of all?).
On the more extreme side of the experience gift spectrum, you’ll find skydiving. If you know someone who’s ever shown an interest in jumping out of an airplane at 18,000 feet, this once-in-a-lifetime event is sure to make their day, their year, and probably their whole life. The views you get that high up are pretty swell – so this could be one to tick off your bucket list, too.
We all know someone who lives for motorsports. And for that person, a racing experience could really light up their Christmas. Just think of the expression of fearful wonder on their face as they’re speeding around a circuit in the racecars they’ve only ever seen on TV. With a range of sporty models available, this experience will also be a big hit for anyone who loves life in the fast lane.
You might think you’ve seen everything there is to see in your city – but a helicopter ride can reveal a whole new side of the place you call home. Soaring over local landmarks in classy style, a helicopter ride is the ideal experience gift for someone who already has everything – or perhaps a couple celebrating a special day.
Did you know that once you get below 10 meters underwater, you can’t see the colors red or yellow? Buy a scuba diving adventure for someone and that’s the kind of fact they’ll be reeling off for years to come. With trained experts guiding them every step of the way, this experience gift is suitable for first-timers and scuba veterans alike.
Another popular experience gift idea is paintballing. Fun-filled and adrenaline-fueled, this adventure is suitable for anyone who has a passion for action movies and a Hans Zimmer score on repeat in their head. On top of the satisfaction of splattering friends in a patchwork of color – all in the name of “healthy competition” - paintballing is also good for team-building among a band of brothers or sisters.
Experiences don’t come much more awe-inspiring than a hot air balloon ride. Great for couples who are marking a special moment, this type of adventure is all about living in the present – as you soar 1,000 feet above ground, taking in the promise of sunrise or the beauty of sunset.
Kayaking can be a fun and surprisingly therapeutic adventure gift. One of the best gifts for sports lovers among us, kayaking will teach them how to navigate through choppy waters as they wonder whether it’s started raining or their paddling is out of sync. This person doesn’t need to be an expert kayaker – instructors will be on hand to show them the ropes as they head out onto the water.
Instead of an experience, why not go a step further with a getaway? Whoever you decide to buy an adventure gift for, it’s sure to be well received. You could even get in on the action too by reserving a romantic vacation for you and your partner – or organizing a road trip for you and a bunch of friends.
This expandable backpack carries essentials and then some for trekking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. The adjustable padded shoulder straps make it comfortable to wear, and the waist belt pockets keep keys or phones within easy reach.
Don’t let dogs get overlooked on your holiday gifting list. In addition to tracking daily activity levels, the Fi Series 2 Smart Dog Collar keeps dogs within your sights even when they’re not, thanks to a GPS tracking feature. The waterproof design makes it perfect for trips to the beach.
Kick camp food up a level with the Coleman RoadTrip Grill, which includes three adjustable burners for preparing several dishes at once. The collapsible design and wheels make it easy to pack up and maneuver.
Make sure adventurous friends are ready for impromptu picnics or trips to the beach with this outdoor picnic blanket. It has a waterproof design that keeps dampness from wet grass or sand from seeping through. When not in use, it folds up into its own carry case for easy travel.
This stylish passport holder keeps important travel documents all together, resulting in less digging around to find what you need. It’s the perfect gift for frequent travellers, and the personalization gives it a thoughtful touch.
Friends who travel a lot for business or pleasure will appreciate this wheeled luggage set, which makes dashing to boarding flights a breeze. It also has an impact-resistant polymer shell to keep belongings safe from bumpy flights and rough handling.
Can you have too many fleeces? The answer, of course, is no. Any outdoors enthusiast will love cozying up to The North Face’s Osito jacket, which is made with warm, high-pile fleece and has two zipper pockets to keep belongings safe and secure.
Timberland boots are a classic for a reason. The waterproof leather keeps feet dry during soggy treks, and the rugged style looks great with everything from cargo pants to maxi dresses.