We don’t know about you, but we always find that giving gifts is just as good as receiving them (and no, we’re not just saying that in case Santa’s listening).
However, finding the right one can be tricky. That’s why we searched the web for presents that help us to abide by our mantra: live life adventurously!
Whether you’re searching for a gift for the gallivanting globetrotter in your life or want to instil a little everyday exploration onto your own Christmas list, we have you covered. Here are our favourite, adventure-imbued gifts (and if you’d like to drop them off here at Banana HQ, please feel free… a monkey can dream, right!?)
Made from plastic bottles, unusable manufacturing waste and reused fabric, these light, bright and eco-friendly polyester jackets can help to keep you warm while saving the planet. Patagonia does carry a higher price tag, but its supply chain is fully sourced and their products are sustainable, meaning you can explore nature knowing that you’re looking after her, too!
What better way to record your world travels than with a camera that was quite literally made for mad exploits and dashing deeds? You may not be rock-climbing or base jumping, but this smart piece of tech works just as well for amateur explorers as it does adrenaline junkies. Plus, with its ever-growing range of add-ons, stands and cases, you’ll have Christmas sorted for years!
You may think it’s a little too cold to be thinking about camping, but do you remember the Scout’s motto? Always be prepared! Once summer rolls around, there’s nothing better than spending a few days out in the wilderness (or in a campsite). Gift it alongside a list of dream destinations (extra points if you plan a trip around one of our Go Ape courses) or store it and some blankets in the back of your car, ready for spontaneous summer adventures!
We wouldn’t be very good ex-Scouts if we set off with no supplies! Accompany the brand-spanking new tent with an enviable array of camping equipment. Now, these don’t have to be the typical, run-of-the-mill, boring, tin crockery bits; think foldable camping cookware, hammocks or a convenient coffee maker. Plus, it’s 2017 – you can even gift portable grills!
A literary adventure
If your intrepid explorer is looking for some literary inspiration, we have a long ol’ list of recommendations. To spare you from having to listen to us ramble into next year, we’d suggest travel books like Kerouac’s On the Road, Jay Griffiths’ Wild or the ever-wonderful and our all-time-hero, Emily Hahn’s No Hurry to Get Home.
Go down the nonfiction route by buying informative travel guides from Lonely Planet. Or, better still, inspire their curiosity by buying Atlas Obscura’s Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders.
Now, if you’re anything like our tribe here at Banana HQ, you’ll know that it’s moments and not objects that really matter. When we all inevitably reach the end of our journey, we won’t think about new tech and toys under our tree, we’ll remember the people, the places and the memories we made.
So, if your loved one also values experiences and stories over expensive items, a Go Ape Tree Top Adventure could be the perfect gift for you! Is there a better way to welcome in the New Year than by jumping off platforms, swinging from trees and waking up the birds and bees with your best Tarzan holler? Nope! Wash away the January blues (and earn some invaluable brownie points) by zipping through the trees this winter!