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Sky Diving Gift Experiences in the UK

Skydiving. It looks scary! But also fun! Right? Well here’s something you may have forgotten to him about during those fearful but exciting moments you’ve been thinking about it: is it easy?

At some point everyone seems to either have a dream about flying or wishes that they can fly. Skydiving is the a great solution for this desire (and probably a good substitute answer if you’re questioning why you were born with hands and feet and not wings).

15000ft Tandem Skydive

15000ft Tandem Skydive

£279.00 from Iwantoneofthose.com
15000ft Tandem Skydive

15000ft Tandem Skydive

£279.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Accelerated Freefall Course

Accelerated Freefall Course

£1,999.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Extended Indoor Skydiving

Extended Indoor Skydiving

£200.00 from Red Letter Days
Family Indoor Skydiving

Family Indoor Skydiving

£200.00 from Red Letter Days
Indoor Skydiving Experience

Indoor Skydiving Experience

£100.00 from Red Letter Days
Indoor Skydiving for Two

Indoor Skydiving for Two

£99.00 from Activity Superstore
Queenstown Skydive - 12,000 Feet

Queenstown Skydive - 12,000 Feet

£187.00 from DoSomethingDifferent.com
Static Line Parachute Jump

Static Line Parachute Jump

£239.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

£249.00 from Iwantoneofthose.com
Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

£249.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive in Cambridgeshire

Tandem Skydive in Cambridgeshire

£245.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive in Devon

Tandem Skydive in Devon

£149.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive in Northamptonshire

Tandem Skydive in Northamptonshire

£199.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive Jump

Tandem Skydive Jump

£340.00 from Great Days Out
Tandem Skydiving

Tandem Skydiving

£299.00 from Red Letter Days
Tandem Skydiving for Four

Tandem Skydiving for Four

£1,000.00 from Red Letter Days
Tandem Skydiving in Swansea

Tandem Skydiving in Swansea

£299.00 from Red Letter Days
Tandem Skydiving Jump - Adult

Tandem Skydiving Jump - Adult

£174.00 from DoSomethingDifferent.com
Tandem Skydiving with DVD

Tandem Skydiving with DVD

£370.00 from Red Letter Days
 
 

There are few other adventurous sports which can deliver the freedom and thrill (more, better) of a sky dive.

Still not sure, here’s the foolproof 3 Step Guide to a successful Skydive

  • Walk onto plane
  • Sit inside plane
  • Walk off plane

It’s that simple!

Adrenaline Gift Experience in Manchester

Manchester is a vibrant city in the North West of England and regarded by some as the second city or the third city in the UK. Manchester has become one of the top city destination breaks for many in the UK and worldwide. The city has a great selection of bars, theatres, comedy clubs, night clubs and other entertainment venues. The city is also football mad with the most supported club in the world Manchester United FC and one of the richest Manchester City FC.
Activities suitable for all can be found around the city but if you want to get your blood pumping in Manchester The Gift Arena might have some ideas for you.

Indoor Ice Climbing in Manchester

Indoor Ice Climbing Gift Experience takes the extreme sport of ice climbing to another level and bringing it indoors. Situated at Vertical Chill Ice Wall in Deansgate, which is in the Manchester City Centre. Great all year round gift idea.

Indoor Skydiving in Manchester

Located next to Manchester’s Indoor Ski Slopes the Chill Factor, Airkix Indoor Sky Diving Centre offers the excellent thrill of sky diving also known as body flying in a fun and safe environment. The Indoor Sky Diving experience is done in a vertical wind tunnel similar to tunnels used by aviation, aerodynamics and automotive industries.  Body flying is very simple, just step in the vertical tunnel and assume the horizontal flying position. Once you’ve settled in a neutral flying position, an instructor teaches you some basic moves and some neat tricks.

Bungee Jumping in Manchester

Fancy jumping off a 300ft platform with the only thing stopping from you smacking in the ground is a bit of rope? If the answer is YES, you’ve got more guts than the Gift Guru. Located in Salford Quays area in Manchester, the bungee jumping experience involves jumping off a specialised modified crane 300ft high, the highest bungee jump experience in UK, This adrenaline experience definitely not for the faint hearted.

Sphereing/ Zorbing in Manchester

Zorbing aka Spereing, Globe Riding or Orbing was invented in 1994 in New Zealand, originally designed for rolling/walking on water but they decided that rolling down a hill will be more fun. There are different types of Zorbing experiences in Manchester such as harness zorbing, aqua zorbing and the exhilarating air zorbing.

Experience Days: The Perfect Gift

It’s one of life’s annoying little frustrations that some people are just incredibly hard to buy gifts for. Even if you know them well, and you really want to get them something special, it can sometimes be an absolute nightmare finding them an appropriate gift that you know will knock their socks off. So do experience days make such a good gift? Often when buying gifts, most people are looking for something physical; a DVD or a gadget perhaps, and that’s where it gets tricky. Experience days are great for gifts because you’re buying someone a large dose of fun that they’re guaranteed to remember for years to come!

Who wouldn’t enjoy driving a fast car for the day, or learning to fly, or going on an exclusive pamper day?! Most experience day websites have something for everyone, so if your recipient wouldn’t appreciate an adrenaline pumping day out, you could always opt for something a little bit different such as a flying lesson. The main point here is that you have choice, and choice makes buying gifts for people a hell of a lot easier.

How does it Work?

If you’ve never purchased an experience day before then you might be wandering how it works. Most people’s concerns are regarding flexibility on dates and locations. If you choose to book through a reputable source then you should be given a good choice of locations for each activity. When you purchase your activity of choice, you’re typically given a voucher that can be used within a certain time period. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to do a hot air balloon ride in the winter, but you could easily purchase the voucher at Christmas and book for the spring when you’re much more likely to get favourable weather.

If that’s not enough, then we’ve listed a few ideas below of the sorts of things you could be surprising your loved one with:

Aerobatic Flight

Does your friend or family member love seeking new thrills, but has seen enough of the standard theme park rides? Well, if so you could consider sending them up in an aerobatic display plane to experience some terrifying loop the loops and barrel rolls. Many of these packages will also let you have a go at flying the plane and performing some stunts by yourself. Awesome!

Indoor Skydiving

For something really different, you could consider buying someone an indoor skydiving experience. For those who aren’t familiar with the sport, it basically involves dressing up in a suit with webbed arms and standing on top of a giant fan. The lift from the fan enables you to fly up into the air and roll around and pretend you’re superman.

But What about Mum?

If you’re looking for something a little bit more relaxing, and don’t think a parachuting voucher would go down too well with your mum, then there’s plenty of options left. One of the most popular experiences are hot air balloon rides in a location of your choice. We reckon your mum would definitely appreciate seeing the sunset over English country side in the peace and quiet of a balloon.

 

Better Gift-Giving: Meet the Experience Gift

Gift giving is hard. We shop, we slave, we scour the internet for the perfect something to encapsulate the person we love (or like, or marginally tolerate, depending on the occasion).

We spend hours trying to find an emblem of this person, something that at best both suits them and enriches them.

And we end up with monogrammed golf balls, earrings that, inevitably, break a week later, books that end up colonizing the windowsills, collecting dust. We end up with detritus when we wanted delight. And what did we expect, trying to funnel all our sentiment into an object?

Here’s a thought: what if we could circumvent the materialism and cut straight to the heart of gifts? What if, instead of trying to find a trinket to encapsulate or enrich our loved ones, we could find an experience to do the same thing?

And we can, thank goodness. It’s called an experience gift, or an adventure gift, and it comes in literally thousands of variations, with something for anyone who ever cared to dream about anything at all.

Never heard of them? The concept of experience gifts originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1990s, and is now one of the fastest growing movements in the gift industry. While it took the United States a little longer to catch on (when doesn’t it?), Americans are finally discovering how easy it is to make a dream come true—for their loved ones and for themselves.

Ranging from high-thrills adventure gifts like race car driving and learning to be a fighter pilot to luxurious day spa packages and gourmet restaurant tours, there’s an experience gift for everyone and anyone, kids to grandparents. These five experiences sample the best of the best in experience gifts:

Gourmet Restaurant Tours: You spend an hour in the grocery store, perusing the produce section and scanning the aisles for obscure Indian spices to prepare a new dinner. The Cooking Network is a source of unquantifiable joy. You read all the reviews of the best restaurants, eye the storefronts with your taste buds buzzing. And with a gourmet restaurant tour, you can finally get a taste of what everybody’s been talking about. Some tours lead you from kitchen to kitchen on foot, providing an intimate glimpse of the city, others whisk you about in private cars or limos. The city—and the transportation—are yours to choose.

Fighter Pilot for a Day: The ultimate adventure gift for men, this experience straps him into the pilot seat of a fully acrobatic fighter jet, alongside an ex-military pro. After basic instruction on the ground, the pilot zips him up into the clouds, where your novice pilot learns how to dogfight like the pros, outsmarting, outmaneuvering and outgunning a real opponent up in the sky.

Day Spa: Luxurious gift experiences for women, these spa gifts range from elegant mani-pedi packages to full days of relaxation. There are volcanic stone massages, soothing facials and skin evaluations, replenishing seaweed wraps and vitamin water soaks, just to name a few. From one who knows: nothing relaxes the soul like getting your toes rubbed.

Golf Lesson with a PGA Pro: Beat the sand trap. Conquer the drive. Shore up that short game. Available all across the United States, these lessons help the beginner develop sound basics of form and technique, or hone the more experienced golfer in weak areas. Capitalize on a lifetime’s worth of training and experience with a lesson from a PGA professional golfer, without having to spend your own lifetime on the green.

Sailing Experiences: From America’s Cup Sailing to wine tasting sails, these relaxing waterborne excursions whisk you out onto the water for an afternoon or evening enjoying the calm seas (or lakes, depending on your location). For more adventurous folk, take a look at experiences like private sailing lessons or cruises on the high-speed, high-tech International America’s Cup Class racing yachts. For more indulgent tastes, try a wine- or beer-tasting sail, a champagne brunch cruise, or skippered sailing charter.

About the Author: Mandy Evergreen is a blogger for Cloud 9 Living in Boulder, CO. Cloud 9 Living is the largest provider of experience gifts in the United States, offering over 1,700 unique and memorable experiences in 43 major cities. Check out their most popular experience gifts for great gift ideas or view their entire catalog at www.cloud9living.com