Christmas is one of, if not, my most favourite times of the year. An opportunity to don a dodgy jumper, drink slightly (ok a lot) more than you would at any other time of the year and eat until you are fit to burst. Not to mention spending time with friends and family and exchanging gifts. I love buying presents for my loved ones but often they struggle to buy for me – there’s only so many bubble bath gift sets a girl needs. Instead I love experiences or things I can use when travelling. No matter how big or small, if it’s something I can do, can visit, or use on one of my trips then I’m happy and very appreciative.
Maybe you’re a traveller yourself and can relate, maybe your friends and family struggle to buy things for you? Or maybe you are a friend or family member of someone like me and need some inspiration on what you should buy them this festive season. Well, I’ve put list together of things I would love and/or can recommend for the adventurer in your life…….
A Paintballing Experience
A perfect gift for every adrenaline junkie – from the novice to the experienced. The gift of paintballing vouchers allows a squad of up to 8 players full day admission and all equipment hire over 8 action packed games at GO Paintball’s London paint balling site. The gift vouchers also include a free personal Domino’s pizza lunch to keep the players fuelled. Christmas VIP Paintballing e-vouchers are valid from January 2017 for a full 6 months and are now over 75% off at only £9 per person. What a great day for groups of friends, family members or even colleagues to get together and have some fun.
Come on who hasn’t envisaged themselves being a king or queen in their own castle? I know I have. Well now you can give that special someone in your life the opportunity to live out their own royal adventure by treating them to a stay at Roch Castle, a luxuriously restored 12th century castle located on the St Davids peninsula in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Allowing them the opportunity to let their imagination run wild. It is set on a rocky outcrop high above the Pembrokeshire landscape affording panoramic views of St Brides Bay and the Preseli Hills. Luxurious contemporary features sit amongst the original characteristics of the castle, which also houses contemporary artworks from local and international artists.
A great adventure is hitting the water and sailing. Whether the person you are buying for is a novice or experienced, a voucher from the Devon Sailing Experiences makes the perfect Christmas gift and there are plenty of options to choose from. The Christmas sailing vouchers can be sent direct to your home. The covering letter and gift voucher will be delivered to you in time to give to someone special on Christmas day. The recipient will be able to browse the regularly updated website to schedule a sail at their convenience. From £99 per person for a day sail and £299 for a weekend/ 2 day sail.
Stand Up Paddle Board
Paddle boarding is THE thing to do right now – my Twitter feed is full of likeminded adventurers who have tried or taken up paddle boarding recently. With the craze more than likely to carry on into 2017, buying someone their own stand up paddle board, to use whenever and wherever they like would be a great gift. Red Paddle Co board, the Ride 10’6” is already the world’s most popular inflatable SUP. It’s designed to float and glide easily on flat water, and it has just the right amount of curve in the plan shape so it rides smoothly and predictably in surf and comes in its very own backpack.
Hiking is a great pass time, it allows you to get out into the wild, enjoy nature and after Christmas allows you to burn off some of those mince pies you may have eaten. Hiking can be hard work on your feet, that’s why proper hiking socks are a must as no one is a fan of blisters. For the hiker in your life why not consider giving the gift of Bridgedale’s Trekker Walking Socks. the ‘Trekker’ features Bridgedale’s unique WoolFusion® Technology, which brings together Enduro Wool and technical fibres to provide balanced insulation, fast working moisture control and durability.
Everyone knows that flying can be boring so sometimes the only thing for it is to try and catch 40 winks, which is often easier said than done. If you are flying economy, then space is limited and getting comfortable is sometimes impossible. Therefore, anything which makes the process better gets a big thumbs up in our book which is why we cannot recommend investing in a Travel Pillow enough. There are so many on the market so picking the right one for you is important – whether it be inflatable, filled with tension-easing beads , polystyrene or clever memory foam.
I must admit I never wanted a Go Pro, I could never see the appeal of them – surely a trusted camera was all I needed on my adventures? How wrong was I. Having recently bit the bullet and getting one ourselves I can confirm that they are in fact, ace. We tested ours out on a recent road trip through Scotland and all I can say is I can’t believe we waited this long. The GoPro HERO5 is the most powerful and easy to use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design. Meaning you can use it almost everywhere.
Portable Power Pack
We live in a world where we demand information (well everything really) instantly, therefore a fully charged smart phone or laptop is essential. I use my smart phone for everything when travelling – making calls, taking photographs, listening to music, updating social media (I’m a little obsessed) and of course surfing the web. Because of this my phone loses charge VERY quickly, so I always ensure I have a portable power pack with me at all times so I can quickly recharge on the move. I’m sure anyone who uses their smart phone or laptop a lot would appreciate this extremely practical gift this christmas.
Music is a massive thing for us and it’s important that we have good quality earphones and headphones, whether it be to listen to our favourite tunes on a plane, whilst hiking, running on the treadmill or even just when relaxing by the pool. In the fFLAT5 range are the ‘Aria One’ earphones which are state of the art Bluetooth wireless earphones designed to free music lovers from the constraints of conventional cords and wires, without compromising on sound. These also come with a phone call function. ‘Chapter 2’ are a more traditional style headphones, teaming quality craftsmanship with audio perfection, and are available in a variety of funky colours. Perfect gifts for music loving adventurers and at the moment if you buy the Aria One earphones you get the Chapter 2 headphones free – two gifts for the price of one.
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