For some awesome adventure gifts for a boyfriend, for couples, for families, or for kids? Then check out this list full of fun unique adventure gifts!
I sometimes feel bad for my husband because I don’t really like gifts, and he loves to give great, usually expensive, gifts to me. He’s usually very thoughtful and attentive to what I might want or need when my birthday, our anniversary, or Christmas comes around.
But, honestly, I often have a hard time even knowing what to ask for because I so rarely think about what I want.
I’ve realized over the years though that I would much rather do something for my birthday or our anniversary that is an experience, an adventure. I want to do something I’ve never done before, experience something or someplace new, and do it with people I love. I am all for a new adventure, whether grand or not. That’s why I love adventure gifts – gifts that encourage the receiver to go on a new adventure, experiencing or trying something new.
I know it can be difficult to gift adventures to individuals because you can’t exactly wrap up a hot air balloon ride or a scuba diving lesson. But, there are usually gift certificates that can be given out for the various adventure gift ideas you’re planning.
Because I love adventure gifts so much, I’ve decided to compile a few adventure gift ideas for you, and where you can purchase them, and even how you can gift them! I hope you’ll enjoy shopping for a unique adventure gift for the people on your list who really don’t want another pair of pajamas or game or toy that won’t give them the same thrill and memories as a truly new and unique adventure experience gift will.
*While some of the items listed below are paid insertions, all opinions are my own and so are my recommendations.*
What type of adventure to gift someone will definitely depend on the person you’re gifting to. I think everyone can benefit from new adventures and experiences, but some may be more appropriate for certain ages, physical aptitudes, personal interest and comfort levels. Some people hate heights, others love them. Be sensitive to what the person actually likes and would be willing to do and experience for themselves.
Okay, now that we’ve covered that, let’s jump in!
Adventure Gifts for Anyone
The following are gifts that are pretty suitable for adventure seekers of any age.
1. 23andMe DNA Kit
Perfect for anyone, a 23andMe DNA Kit will help individuals take an adventure into their own selves, their own DNA, their own past, possibly answering questions of who they are, where they come from, what their ethnicity is, and who they are related to.
I’ve taken a couple DNA tests now, including the 23andMe DNA test, and I have to say it was quite an adventure!
Because of my 23andMe DNA test I connected with someone who is apparently an illegitimate son of my paternal grandfather! An uncle I never knew about is now part of our family simply because I took a test.
It’s amazing to know that because I tested myself, I helped a 70-something-year-old man finally discover his birth father’s name and family!
The test is super easy to take and the results quite detailed and enlightening! I highly recommend them as a unique adventure gift!
How to Wrap It: Right now they are offering FREE gift wrap with your purchase! Easy, peasy!
2. Local Events
There are likely events happening in your community every single day. While some are not exactly new or totally amazing, chances are there will be something worthwhile coming up that you can gift tickets to.
Some local events which make for pretty great adventure gifts are:
- Sporting events (especially at the professional level)
- Concerts (bands, musicians, orchestras)
- County and State Fairs
- Plays or Musicals (College or Professional/Broadway)
- Seasonal Festivals
- Car Shows
How to Wrap It: Chances are you can buy tickets ahead of time. If you don’t’ receive physical tickets by mail, think about printing out the receipt of the email and putting that in an envelope and wrapping it up, or putting it in their stocking. You could also create your own gift certificate stating what event you are taking them to, and when it will be.
You can also pick up a Groupon Gift Card!
3. Local Attractions
Similar to the above, local attractions can also make for fun adventure gifts for various ages. Places you might want to pick up tickets or memberships to include:
- Six Flags
- Water Park
- Ski Slopes
How to Wrap It: If you receive a membership card or tickets with your purchase, go ahead and wrap them up or put them in an envelope or box for them to open. If it’s a one-time ticket, printing off a gift certificate or other form stating the location/venue works too.
4. A Vacation
There are few things more exciting and adventurous than taking a vacation or trip to a new location! And even venturing to places within your town or within a few hours driving can be super adventurous and awesome to receive!
To receive a planned out night away with my husband, girlfriends, or our whole family would be pretty epic to receive in my opinion! Whether it’s a ski vacation, trip to Disney, cruise, camping/RV trip, indoor water park, beach, white water rafting trip, or something else, I’m all over it!
To gift someone the adventure gift of a vacation, staycation, or night away, check out the following sites:
How to Gift It: You can have a little fun with this! Instead of just wrapping an itinerary or gift certificate, it could be fun to get a little trinket or souvenir that represents the location of the planned adventure, along with the tickets/itinerary/gift certificate!
5. Learning and Creating
While not everyone is into the same types of creativity and activities, chances are there is some class or course that would spark an adventure in your gifter’s life! Think about gifting them a month-long (or longer) membership to some sort of class! You can often find such classes on Groupon or LivingSocial, your local craft store, or your local community college or university. Or, you can even hook them up with on-line learning classes through Craftsy!
- Cooking Class
- Dance Class
- Self-Defence Class
- Glass Blowing Class
- Painting Class
- Pottery Class
- Sewing/Crochet Class
- Photography Class
- Flying Lessons
- Cake Decorating Class
- Exercise/Fitness Class
- Surfing Lessons
- Fly Fishing Lessons
- Golf Lessons
- Sailing Lessons
How to Gift It: Along with the gift certificate to the class you’ve signed them up for, you could buy them a complimentary gift. Buy them a set of frosting piping tips or cake decorating book. If you gifted them a dance class, buy them some dance shoes, or if you gifted them fly fishing lessons, buy them a rod and/or lures. I think you get the idea.
Adventure Gifts for Her
If the woman in your life is adventurous, like me, then there are several great ideas on things to gift her! If she likes to say that she’s tried something at least once (which is often what I like to do), the following can be great options. Keep in mind too, that many of these are not limited to those of the female gender.
1. Clothing Subscription Services
Hate or love it, shopping for new clothes, that you actually love and don’t regret purchasing later, is super hard for many women. And some women would love to be more adventurous in their fashion choices and styles, but are afraid of wasting money and time. And that is why clothing subscription services are so popular, especially for women.
I’ve tried out both Stitch Fix (who you can currently try out for free thanks to their waived styling fee) and Le Tote.
You can see my three Stitch Fix Reviews here:
- September 2016 Stitch Fix Costs
- December 2016 Stitch Fix Prices
- January 2017 Stitch Fix Pros and Cons
Pick up a Stitch Fix Gift Card and let someone you know give them a whirl! It’s quite the adventure in my experience!
But, I’ve also tried out Le Tote, a unique Stitch Fix Alternative.
If you are wondering what is Le Tote? you may not be alone.
Le Tote is a primarily a clothing rental service that delivers unlimited boxes of used clothing and accessories each month for a flat monthly subscription fee. They carry both women and maternity clothing in sizes XS to XXL or size 2 to 16. They don’t currently carry tall, petite, or plus sizing, however.
They have two different services now though – their Le Tote Classic, which is their long-standing clothing rental service, and Le Tote Select which is their brand new (as of August 15, 2017) subscription clothing styling service where a stylist hand-selects four new clothing items (no accessories or shoes) for you and ships it to your door, much akin to how Stich Fix works.
The Le Tote Select charges you a $20 styling fee per box which goes toward any purchase you make from the box. And if you buy the whole box you receive a 25% discount. The average price point of the clothing items is $65 an item. Learn more about Le Tote Select!
I tried out the Le Tote Classic subscription service as a pregnant woman and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed having new clothes to wear all the time. I also enjoyed being able to try out a piece of clothing for an entire day (or more) of wear and decide if it might be something I really did want to add to my wardrobe (and you can buy items you receive at a discount). Le Tote is a pretty awesome service!
I recommend them for sure! All December you can use code FAGANS2017 to receive $20 off your first month of Le Tote Rental!
How to Gift It: You can gift a Le Tote membership and they will either email it for you, or let you gift it yourself. You can put it in an envelope or in a stocking, or add a special gift with it.
2. Pampering Gifts
Personally, I am not one to venture much into personal self care, so it’s a real adventure for me to try out various pampering gifts! This may not be the case for the ladies in your life, but, you may want to gift something more unique or new to them in the pampering department that they just might love. Here are some ideas:
- Massage Package – Reflexology or Hot Stone
- Manicure and/or Pedicure Package
- Hair Cut and Color
- Airbrush Tanning
- Tanning Services
- Brazilian Wax
- Laser Hair Removal
- Facial/Eyebrow Threading
- Tattoo Removal
- Infrared Sauna Session
- Cryotherapy Session
- Float Therapy
- Chiropractor Services
- Eyelash Extensions
- Professional Teeth Whitening
How to Gift: Pick up a deal on Groupon for one of the above services in your area, or visit a local place that offers gift certificates and wrap them for your friend.
3. Girls Night Adventures
Gift your adventurous lady with a fun girls night out adventure! This could be things like:
- Spa Weekend
- Visiting a Winery
- Paint Night
- Fun Runs
- Horseback Riding
- Beach Trip
- Exercise Class
How to Gift: Put together the gift certificate for the event with a note saying it’s for two, and for them to take their best girlfriend with them to do the activity.
Adventure Gifts for Him
Whether these adventures gifts for him will be a boyfriend, son, husband, or brother, chances are they just might like one or more of the following. But, please note that most are not exclusive to men:
- Racecar Experience
- Gun Range Membership
- CHL Class
- Escape Rooms
- iSky Indoor Skydiving
- Bungee Jumping
- Tickets to a Sporting event
- Personal Clothing Styling Services for Men
- Strong Man Competitions or Races
How to Gift It: It would be fun to gift him these adventure gifts for him with a complimentary token of what is to come, or perhaps with something that could be fun to use during the various adventures, like a Go Pro so he can record his bungee jumping or zip line experience.
Adventure Gifts for Couples
I love unique date night ideas, and going on a new adventure with your partner is an awesome gift! I love doing new things with someone I love! Sure beats doing them by yourself or
- Helicopter Ride
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Sky Diving
- Chocolate Tasting Class
- Wine Tasting
- iSky Indoor Skydiving
- Top Golf
- Painting/Art classes
- Couples Massage
- Gift Certificates to a Restaurant (preferably one you’ve never been to before, is for ethnic food you don’t usually eat, or is fancy or an experience all its own)
- City Scavenger Hunts or Guided Tours
How to Gift It: There are lots of fun “Date Night Coupon” books out there that you can make and customize. This is great if you also plan on doing a “Year of Dates” gift or want to gift a few different adventure gifts for yourselves.
Adventure Gifts For Kids
Kids absolutely love going on new adventures! Adventure gifts for boys and girls can be so fun to give. They’ll be something they likely will remember forever.
Obviously, if you do some of the previously mentioned adventure gifts like visiting local events and attractions, or going on a family vacation, which would all qualify as great adventure gifts for kids. Below are some more unique items that kids are sure to love:
- Educational Subscription Boxes
- Monthly Science Kits for Kids
- Theme Park
- Water Park
- Horseback Riding
- Outdoor Play Equipment
- Jumpy Place/Trampoline Park
- Roller Coasters
- Camping Trip
- Laser Tag
- Martial Arts Classes
- Year of Dates for Kids
Again, many of these can be picked up as a Groupon Deal, but some are just a matter of going with your kids to do them.
How to Gift It: If you’re gifting an outing, you can gift them a complimentary gift to go with the place, like googles or a new towel if you’re heading to the water park, or a cowboy hat if going horseback riding. If you want to be super awesome, you could even put together a whole binder of your Mini Mom and Dad date ideas you have so you are always ready for the next adventure with them!
Whew! I hope you enjoyed this list of adventure gift ideas! Now go out there and have some new experiences and fun!
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