Holiday shopping for the adventure-loving people on your list is tough. Many either already have all the outdoor gear they need or are too particular to let anyone else shop for things like skis or running shoes. Instead of one more pair of wool hiking socks or yet another headlamp, how about giving an outdoor experience? Nowadays, you can find gift cards for things like cool guided trips, credit toward campsites and off-the-beaten-path vacation housing, or a chance to learn a new skill.

Need a gift for someone who loves food and travel? Check out Conscious Course. On its guided backpacking trip through California’s Sierra Nevada foothills ($400), a wilderness chef leads you on farm tours, serve up multicourse meals, and do cooking demonstrations on hand-built backcountry stoves.

Or give an Heirloom Mail subscription ($25 per month) from the Recipe Hunters. Every 30 days, a box will arrive containing one surprise ingredient from around the world, along with stories, traditional recipes, and cooking techniques.

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