Three Awesome Gifts for The Adventurous Spirit

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‘Tis the time of the year when we begin to search out the perfect gift to give our loved ones.

Perfume, sweaters, electronics and homemade pie are all very nice, but for the adventurous soul, you might want to do something a little bit different. For that special someone, you might want to gift them an “experience”.

Here are three of my favorite gift experience resources to choose from:

Cloud 9 Living

With over 1,700 experiences to choose within 43 regions, you are bound to find the perfect gift. From dinner cruises to hot air balloon riding or fighter jet flying, there is no adventure that is impossible. Personally, I was looking to gift myself with a few of their goodies, but it seems that the ninja for a day, skydiving from a hot air balloon wasn’t really an option, though separately they are all available for the gifting! If you would like your experiences to be a bit more grounded and local, then definitely check out one of their many food tours, a perfect way to experience the US city you might be visiting this holiday season.

Cloud 9 is also hosting The 9 Days of Christmas contest where for 9 days, from December 16th through the 24th, they will draw one daily winner for the following prizes, culminating with the Grand Prize drawing on December 24th. Read more about how to enter and the epic prizes they are giving away at:



Smartbox is one of those gifts that you will love giving away, but might have a hard time doing so. The categories of experiences vary from spa to adventure to family and leisure, and give recipients the option to choose their specific experience from the booklet included with their gift card within the category you have chosen for them. We have enjoyed the Zagat “Table for Two” gift card in the past, as it allowed not only me, but also a guest to enjoy our choice from the selection of Zagat rated restaurants listed.


Stray Boots Scavenger Hunts

Whether you are from the city where these scavenger hunts take place, or just visiting, you are bound to discover plenty of new things you never really knew about. My family and I have enjoyed both the Chinatown and Little Italy hunt, as well as a holiday hunt last year and I have to say, we really bonded over all the questions and clues, as well as the optional tastings and shopping along the way.

Take note New York lovers: Stray Boots has also made it easier for that adventurous spirit to be even more spontaneous with a new app that makes the game of your choice even easier to access. You can download the app for free from the iTunes store here and just purchase the game of your choice! Nice graphics, easy to read questions and answer options, and for the competitive soul, a nice score tracking system to help keep it even more interesting.

Happy shopping!




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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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