Action and adventure Christmas gifts—Don’t get me wrong, I love a luxurious cashmere coat, latest iPhone gadget and buttery-soft leather bag as Christmas gifts. I very much do. The more the merrier, in fact. But Christmas gifts that give me actions and adventures of a lifetime are the ones that I remember the most.

Ballon RideI remember spending a special ballooning and wind-tasting weekend with my then-boyfriend/now-husband in the Wine County. We got up at the crack of dawn to an open field, getting on a hot air balloon. It was unnaturally quiet. It did not feel like flying at all—in fact it was like solidly planting my feet on the ground while we rose up in the balloon. We saw our giant shadow 50 feet down with the soft sun light in the background. I had such an overwhelming sense of peace in me. That was a gift I gave to my love for his birthday.

Not all experience-based gifts are so mellow. There are a variety of them suitable for any styles and personalities under the sun. I recently discovered this company called Cloud 9 Living that offers anything from wine and chocolate tour to bungee jumping in 43 cities nationwide. You can give the gifts of memory wherever you are—in your very own city or in a destination away from home.

Whether she is into relaxing dinner cruises, mellow excursions, adrenaline-packed activities or education-based events, there is something for everyone.

Indulgence Gifts

Dinner CruiseSpa day

Perhaps she is more traditional and enjoys a relaxing indulging day. Then give her a romantic dinner cruise where you both can enjoy a romantic dinner cruise on the bay or harbor of your choice and experience an evening filled to the brim with wonderful cuisine, live music and dancing under a canopy of stars. Or give her a spa package where she can wash away her stress in a spa near her.

Food Tour

Food TourIs she a foodie? She gets excited when trying new cuisines and restaurants? Then you may want to give her the gift of food, chocolate or brewery tours. While some of the tours feature walking around your favorite cities while you nibble around town, some of them are combined with biking or flights. These edible experiences will take her on a fun and educational journey through some of the most famous restaurants, areas, or street vendors in cities across the US.

Learn to Fly

Learn to flyWho has not wondered what it would feel like to get behind the controls and fly a helicopter, an airplane, or even a glider? These flying lessons and learn to fly experiences are the perfect way to get an introduction to the skill of flying an aircraft. She will never forget the special experience.

Exotic Racecars

Exotic racecarsNot only guys can race a car; women can also be adrenaline junkies. Give her the Christmas gift of unbelievable experience. You can choose a gift of Ferrari experience or Lamborghini experience for her. Or perhaps for both of you!

Adrenaline Inducers

Rafting classTandem skydiving classRacing a sport car is not the only way to introduce adrenaline for her. Check out other activities like tandem skydiving, bungee jumping, zip line, ATV, rafting and others. There must be one that she always has wanted to try but haven’t. Make her dream come true!

Comments? Any suggestions about these action and adventure Christmas gifts? Tell us your experience? Do share!