We’ve found resources that make the “hard to buy for” adventurist extinct. We previously talked about boomer adventure seekers and how active boomers are tech users. For them, a no-brainer gift choice this season is one of the latest and greatest tech gadgets to help keep score and enhance workouts. However, if you are looking for unique one-of-a-kind gifts, we have profiled some extraordinary companies that are sure to ease your shopping woes. One that truly fascinates is Excitations. Amaze someone with a Fighter Pilot or a Stock Car Driving experience. Is there any more innovative gift than experience?

Action-packed trips are a perfect choice because adventure travel often is synonymous with “competition” among boomer runners, bicyclists, swimmers and other weekend athletes. Give the eco-boomer adventurist on your list a trip from Eco Life Adventures where a portion of trip fees are donated to help save the Equatorial Rain Forest and its inhabitants. A 7-day exploit in Quito mountain biking down Cotopaxi Volcano, soaring by zip line over the Cloud forest canopy of Mindo, and taking a class 3-4 whitewater rafting trip down the Pastaza River near Baños is the perfect adventure gift. For the cycler, how about a coast-to-coast trip 3,240 miles across the U.S. with Trek Travel. Other gift options include: Santa Barbara, CA to Taos, NM Bike Tours and Pyrenees Sea to Sea Bike Tours. Another unique holiday gift is a Road Scholar trip that offers physically demanding activities like canyoneering and orienteering, rock climb, rappel and “fly” across the top of a canyon by zip line. Visit their website for the full array of adventures.

For boomers and superboomers out there running marathons, cycling, endurance running and participating in extreme sports, what better way to give the perfect gift than one that echoes their lifestyle!  For multi-sport athletes and adventure junkies, who are more interested in testing themselves against the competition, there is Adventure Racing. We suggest that along with airfare, entrance fees, lodging, meals and transportation during the event, you might want to throw in a sport basket chock-filled with new gear, goodies and anything else you can think of to enhance the experience. Go along for the ride is so inclined!  Disciplines vary from race to race, and you’re sure to find what will knock their socks off. A gift of membership in the USARA for competitive sanctioned events is always appreciated. A subscription to Outside magazine or eco-friendly adventure style magazine, Bare Essentials Magazine can be tucked into the stocking of your favorite adventurist!  Don’t forget the National Senior Games website for more resources for gifting.

However, you don’t have to run marathons or swim 100 miles to stay fit. We’ll talk more in our next blog about great ideas for gifting for the mildly-active outdoor enthusiasts on your list. And, don’t forget boomer kids on your list. Our Progeny Experiences that Rock section features active resources to excite them to the point of ditching their iPods and cell phones – at least temporarily!

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