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The Best Gifts We’ve Seen

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!?)

Patagonia polyester jacket

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!

Camping equipment

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.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

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!

10 things that are better than paying for postage

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

It’s a common ‘what if’ question, isn’t it? Well, we’ve got another one for you – this time, it’s a bit more realistic: what would you spend £1.99 on?

“Bit random” we hear you say. But it’s not as weird as you might think! Postage for our Go Ape gift vouchers used to be just a penny shy of two pounds. So, that got us thinking: now that postage is completely free, what could you buy with that £1.99?! Here’s what we came up with, all of which are so much better than paying for postage…

1. Multivitamins

Winter is well and truly here, which means Christmas festivities, crisp morning walks and cosying up by a roaring fire. Unfortunately, it also means sniffles, coughs and sore throats. Keep your immune system topped up with a daily dose of A-Z vitamins.

2. Anti-bac hand gel

On the topic of colds, stash a little bottle of anti-bac on your desk or in your bag and smother your hands in it at intervals throughout the day – killing those nasty germs in the process.

3. A new pen

If you write regularly, why not wave bye-bye to those temperamental biros and ever-blunt pencils and treat yourself to a good quality pen? And while you’re at it, jot down your New Year’s resolutions – that’s right it’s nearly that time of year again!

4. A new mug

We all love a good cuppa, especially during the chilly months! Your local supermarket is a great place to pick up inexpensive but super-stylish mugs – perfect for wrapping your hands around.

5. A smoothie

Five-a-day in one drink? Yes please! Next time you’re in town, swing by a smoothie shop and order the healthiest bevvy on the menu.

6. Gel hand warmers

These are a dream come true for outdoorsy types like us! Crack them to activate, place in your pockets and have toasty fingers all day long.

7. Warm socks

Don’t make your feet jealous – they want to be toasty, too! Get yourself some thick, fleecy socks to wear under your boots. You might never want to take them off (but, for your nose’s sake, we would advise you do!).

8. A flask

Hot drink hours after you made it? Enter: the flask! If you’re not going to be near a kettle for a while and you love your tea, coffee or hot chocolate, this is the vessel for you!

9. Herbal tea

We all know the health benefits of herbal tea – especially green tea. For £1.99 you can get some quality bags – maybe even those fancy mesh ones?!

10. Sketch book

If you’re the arty type, there’s nothing better than getting outside and sketching the beautiful scenery. Let those creative juices flow!

So, what would you spend £1.99 on? Answers on a postcard, please! Actually, scrap that – save on the postage and tweet us @GoApeTribe.

#GiftAdventure This Christmas

Gift memories, not things this festive season with a Go Ape gift voucher for your Tribe. Our gift vouchers can be used on Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway, Tree Top Junior or Zip Trekking Adventure at any of our 29 locations across the UK. If you’re looking for something unique to give, something to challenge, surprise and excite choose a gift voucher from Go Ape (did we mention it’s FREE delivery!)

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