Top gifts for adventure lovers

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In a letter to a friend, ill-fated explorer Christopher McCandless wrote: “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Now, while we can’t all head for the hills and adopt the “helter-skelter lifestyle” suggested by McCandless, we could all do with imbuing our daily lives with a little more adventure. New experiences do set our hearts a-flutter; they leave us feeling emboldened and alive and free from nine-to-five living. Adventure enriches and educates us. It makes us better.

That’s why the tribe here at Banana HQ believe that it’s experiences and not objects that make for truly meaningful gifts. After all, what feeling would you rather have come Christmas morning: the invigoration that comes with facing your fears, or the realisation that once again, you’ve got socks?

Adventurous Christmas gifts are great for all kinds of reasons, but the most important is the mark they leave on you. So, whether you want to say a big “thank you” to the intrepid explorer in your life who drags you out of monotony and up mountains, or you’re looking for some wishlist inspo, we have you covered. Kick 2018 off to an unforgettable start with these fantastic and daring experiences…

Pony trekking

Combine romance and adventure in an activity that would even put the epic love story of Aragorn and Arwen to shame. Opt for a sunset trek along one of Britain’s beautiful shores, or a weekend horseback hideaway in the Highlands of Scotland. Regardless of the backdrop, this is one that will certainly leave your loved one swooning!

Escape a room

Escape rooms are so last year, we want themed ones!

If you’re looking for a gift for a horror movie boffin, why not put their bravery and brains to the test with MoviESCAPE? With both Saw and Exorcist-inspired rooms, you’ll be sure to give them an experience that’ll keep ‘em up at night!

Or, maybe your main squeeze is a lifelong fan of the Crystal Maze and 90s nostalgia aficionado. Don your best bomber jackets and put on your thinking hats, because you can now collect crystals in both London and Manchester.


What better way to bid adieu to 2017’s stresses than by pummelling your partner with paintballs? Okay, we don’t condone that, but what we do support is a day spent out in nature, interjected with teamwork, tactics and terrific fun!

Zombie experiences

Do you have a friend who’s obsessed with zombies? Maybe they’re convinced they’d survive an outbreak or simply won’t shut up about the Walking Dead. Either way, get them to put their money where their mouth is by gifting them a zombie experience! Select an asylum, shopping centre or even a lab as your base location, then all that’s left is to choose your weapon, prepare your team and go face the undead!

Go Ape – We put the ‘A’ in adventure!

We have a plethora of adventures to pick from; swing into the New Year on one of our unbeatable Tree Top Adventures, feel the thrill of flight on our Zip Trekking course, or explore the forest floor on one of our Segway Experiences. Whatever thrilling activity you choose, we can guarantee a day full of laughter, surprise and exhilaration!

So, go on – give the gift of adventure this Christmas and leave your loved one beaming!