Give the gift of an experience this Christmas

by Ed Scott

The mulled wine is flowing and mince pies are warming in the oven, which can only mean one thing - Christmas has arrived! As the world gets into the festive spirit, why not treat the adventure seeker in your life to the gift of an outdoor activity?

With an eola voucher, you can do just that. The voucher is redeemable for an entire year, so it’s the perfect gift whether you’re seeking a winter adventure or a summer escape in 2022. The eola marketplace features a wide range of activity centres selling credit or activity vouchers for amazing experiences.

Here are five great activities you can gift this Christmas!

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Source: Ace Swimming

Kayaking and canoeing

You’re never far from a peaceful rolling river, lake, or canal, and on a kayak or canoe these waterways come alive! Your loved one can go solo, or you could share a vessel and enjoy a trip together. Either way, they're sure to find a bit of headspace and finish the trip looking forward to the next!

It only takes a few minutes to get to grips with a kayak or a canoe, making them ideal activities for beginners looking to enjoy a sense of adventure at a relaxed pace. Check our articles in places to paddle in Essex, Norfolk, or the south of England for more inspiration.

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wokingham waterside centre
Source: Wokingham Waterside Centre

Skiing and snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are the quintessential winter activities. Whether your loved one enjoys careening down a slope at whirlwind speeds or just a gentle slalom, skiing and snowboarding are great ways to build core strength and enjoy some exercise throughout the colder months.

But snowsports aren’t just for the winter! Enjoying a summer’s day out on the slopes is a great way to keep up your skiing fitness year round. The slopes are usually quieter, and your gift recipient can enjoy the unique experience of skiing in jeans and a T-shirt!

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Source: Active Nation


Give your loved one the gift of the open ocean Surfing is a full-on activity that’ll have them coming back for more. Nothing beats the satisfaction of standing up on a surfboard and riding a wave towards the shoreline.

Thanks to its miles of coastline, the UK is a premier surfing destination, and not just in the summer months. Winter surfing is growing in popularity every year, and is a fantastic way to tackle the winter blues. With bigger swells and quieter beaches, it’s the perfect season to learn and improve surfing skills. 

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kent surf school
Source: Kent Surf School

Stand-up paddleboarding

Let your loved one's worries melt away as they gently paddle their way through tranquil waters. This relaxing activity promotes balance and core strength, and is especially easy to pick up, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike.

Otherwise known as SUP, stand-up paddleboarding has grown massively popular in recent years. It’s the ideal way to get to know a local river, canal, or coastline together. Wherever your loved ones are in the country, you’re sure to find a SUP school near them. 

Check out our articles on places to SUP in London and the surrounding counties, Scotland, Wales, and the South West for more inspiration!

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big green surf school
Source: Big Green Surf School


One for the adrenaline junkies! This high-intensity activity is all about harnessing the power of the wind to glide along the water at astonishing speeds! Once your loved one has mastered that skill, there’s no end to the possibilities. Whether they're racing or performing tricks, kitesurfing is fantastic fun, whatever the weather. 

It takes a few lessons to get to grips with kitesurfing, so a kitesurfing course could be the perfect gift for a loved one looking to learn a new skill! Find out more about why kitesurfing is such great fun in our interview with Devon-based world champion kitesurfer Steph Bridge.

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edge watersports
Source: Edge Watersports

We hope you’re feeling inspired to give the adventure seeker in your life the gift of an experience this Christmas! Remember, you can purchase vouchers on the eola marketplace, and they’re valid for an entire year - get hunting!

However you choose to spend your holiday season, all of us here at eola wish you a very happy Christmas, and look forward to supporting you on an adventure in 2022!

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