Turn Birthdays Into Active Adventures

Give the gift of an active adventure Give the gift of an active adventure

To be honest, my favorite birthday gift wasn't an item at all. It was the gift of adventure!

The Perfect Gift

A book.

New bicycle helmet.

A hoodie.

Running shoes.

My wife has an amazingly keen sense of the perfect item to give as a birthday gift. Throughout the year, she pays attention to the many and varied interests I have and begins shopping for related gifts. 

But to be honest, my favorite birthday gift wasn't an item at all. It was the gift of adventure! My wife found one of those group coupons for an "introduction to rock climbing" class at a nearby indoor climbing gym. One coupon for me. One for my son. 

We learned how to secure a harness, tie figure eight and clove hitch knots, belay, and top-rope climb. We learned about climbing shoes, chalk bags, and ATC devices. After the 2-hour class, we spent the afternoon climbing together, getting a great workout, and having incredible fun.

That birthday was one the most memorable and valuable for both my son and I.

Which of your family and friends have an upcoming birthday? What active adventure would they love?

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking

  • Airsoft
  • Archery
  • ATV
  • Badminton
  • Base Jumping
  • Bowling
  • Bungie Jumping
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Canyoneering
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • Corn Maze
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Fishing
  • Frisbee
  • Geocaching
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Kiting
  • Martial Arts
  • Obstacle Course
  • Orienteering
  • Paintball
  • Rafting
  • Rappelling
  • Rollerblading
  • Scuba
  • Snorkeling
  • Skydiving
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Zipline
Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay is an airline pilot living in the Midwest with his wife and three children. As an avid runner and cyclist he has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons, and cycling "century" rides, and serves as the race director for the Run for the Ridge 5K. His favorite activities are those he shares with his family. Visit Brian on Google+

Related articles