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Top 9 Unique Gift Ideas for Christmas

Posted on December 6, 2012 @ 3:55 PM in Adventure

Fed up of giving (and even worse getting) the same old stuff again for Christmas? To make sure this doesn’t happen this year we’ve put together a list of some unusual gift ideas that are sure to get any recipient excited! 

Surprise your friends or loved ones with an activity gift experience and this will be one present that definitely won’t be put in a drawer and forgotten about.

All the gift experiences are valid for 10 months so once the excitement of Christmas has come and gone you’re friends, family and loved ones will have something to look forward to.  So forget the socks, ties, bubble bath and chocolates it’s time for some fresh inspiration…    


Northern Ireland Experience Days

Hot Tubs and Zorbing

The Jungle NI, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry

The perfect combination of adrenaline and relaxation this is definitely a gift with a difference!  The experience includes 2 zorbing rolls which involves climbing inside a giant inflatable ball and hurtling at high speeds down a hill as well as a session in the Jungle NI’s outdoor hot tubs where you can relax, unwind and reminisce about your adrenaline pumping experience.

Glamping Adventure Break

Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Everyone loves the chance to get away from it all and this one night glamping experience is perfect for adventure loving couples or families.  A minibreak with a difference spend the night under the stars in the quirky new camping pods and experience the great outdoors without having to put up a tent!  With bike hire included it will then be time to hit the trails at Castle Ward, the fun doesn’t stop there however as the voucher also includes an archery or canoeing session – it’s quite literally the gift that keeps on giving! 

Try a Dive in the Sea

Aquaholics Dive School, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry

You don’t have to travel to tropical climes to have a go at scuba diving, give someone the opportunity to try something completely new and discover a whole other side to the North Coast. Perfect for anyone who’s ever wanted to have a go this three hour session will include a safety briefing and instruction from a fully qualified PADI instructor.


Various Locations

Guaranteed to give anyone the ultimate adrenaline rush, this unforgettable activity will involve swimming in the sea, scrambling over rocks and experiencing the thrill of cliff jumping.  Wearing sturdy footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, travel along some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular sections of coastline during this exhilarating combined rock and water activity.

Rathlin Island Sea Tour

Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim

A fantastic way to explore the breath taking Causeway Coast, the sea tour takes place aboard a Stormforce 11 RIB (rigid inflatable boat) for an exhilarating, fast yet comfortable trip across the water.  A whole host of sights will be visited including the Giant’s Causeway, the Skerries, the historic Dunluce Castle, White Park Bay, Ballintoy and the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.  There will also be an opportunity to stop on Rathlin Island to explore the island’s seal colony, lighthouse, puffin sanctuary and Bruce's Cave. 

Caving Experience

Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh

A unique and exhilarating session with a qualified and experienced cave leader this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.  Venturing into the underground world of Fermanagh equipped with oversuit, helmet and lights there will be an opportunity to explore either a wet or dry cave, walking, crawling and squeezing through passages to places you never knew existed!

Northern Ireland Experience Days

Wild Mountain Time

Far and Wild, Sperrins or Fermanagh

A hiking experience with a difference this outdoor session involves a full day out in the wilderness with a fully qualified and professional guide. Making use of local knowledge, remote glens and fascinating wildlife will be discovered on this one to one session. The experience is tailored to each individual making this a truly unique gift.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Vairous Locations

The latest craze to hit Northern Irish waters SUP beginner sessions are a great way to learn Stand Up Paddleboarding and the perfect opportunity to try something completely new.  Within the taster lesson the safety, warm up and four basic steps to SUP will be covered to have anyone standing up and paddling like a pro in no time.

Segway Off Road Adventure

Segway NI, Craigavon Lakes, Co. Armagh

These two wheeled tilt mobiles are anything but ordinary!  A completely different way to discover the countryside, this experience involves piloting your very own Segway on a guided off road adventure.   Learn how to skillfully negotiate obstacles on a fun skills course before heading out for some two wheeled off road fun.

Make sure you check out our Christmas Gift voucher section for even more unique gift ideas for your friends and loved ones this Christmas.


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

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