It may be freezing now, but you'll warm the heart of your favorite outdoorsy pal with these adventurous ideas.
SPLURGE A water-loving friend will spend the rest of the winter looking forward to cashing in this certificate, good for three hours on a sailboat cruising Lake Michigan with five buddies and all the booze and grub they can haul onboard. (Save the gift of sailing lessons for when your friend becomes officially hooked after a day at seaand proven totally free and clear of motion sickness.) $390 for a weekday, $450 for weekends, Chicago Sailboat Charters. CSC is offering a 15 percent discount for TOC readers through Jan 15. Go to chicagosailboatcharters.com/timeout.aspx to sign up.
BUDGET Ever wonder what it’s like to swim in the ocean with dolphins and other sea creatures? We imagine it’s awesome. The experiential gift site excitations.comwhich offers adventures ranging from kite-boarding to hang gliding to fishingwill hook your friend up with a scuba-diving lesson that teaches basics such as buoyancy and underwater breathing in a one-day pool workshop in Aurora.