Instead of trying to find the perfect thing to give, try something different and give the gift of an experience. Encourage someone to head outdoors and try something new or learn a new skill by signing them up for a class. There are many places you can go to take a class and a simple internet search will probably give you more options than you know what to do with. My recommendation is to start with REI's Outdoor School. As an REI Outdoor School Instructor I can tell you first hand that our classes are taught by experienced instructors who LOVE what we do.
One of my favorite things about being an REI Outdoor School Instructor is introducing people to something new and seeing the excitement when they "get it" for the first time.
REI Outdoor School offers wide variety of classes geared towards first timers looking to learn a new skill and those wanting to advance their skills to the next level. Check out the REI Outdoor School website to see what classes are being offered near you. Here are some ideas of classes that are offered and skills you can learn:
- Learn how to ride a bike
- Try the popular new water sport SUP (Standup Paddle Boarding)
- Expand your outdoor skills to rock climbing
- Understand how to read a map and use a compass
- Improve your kayaking skills to include self-rescue techniques
- Acquire backcountry skills and be prepared for emergency scenarios
Gift Giver Rating: Super thoughtful
Tip: Pick something you havn't done and do it together!
Learn More: www.rei.com/learn
Warning: Be prepared to have fun!