Thrill-seekers tend to be a rather adventurous bunch. They like to put themselves into dangerous situations and trick their brains into thinking they’re about to die… for fun. For many of them, this adrenaline rush is the peak of the human experience.
For people like that, gift-giving may not be an easy task. If you’re looking for something for the adrenaline junkie in your life, check out the best gifts to give a thrill-seeker.
Adding over a foot to one’s height, these spring-loaded stilts are exactly what they sound like. They were invented in 2004 as a new field of extreme sports. These stilts have allowed users to clear five-foot-high objects using only their own weight and very little momentum. On average, runners on them have been able to take 9-foot strides and travel up to 20 miles per hour. More skilled athletes are able to go even faster. These incredible heights and speeds make jumping stilts some of the best gifts to give a thrill-seeker.
This might sound a little odd, but hear us out: extremely hot foods create an adrenaline rush. The capsaicin found in peppers, which gives them their heat, plays a trick on the brain by activating the pain receptors on the tongue to give the feeling of being hot, even though there’s no actual increase in temperature. The illusion works so well that some spicy foods can even induce sweating. This spicy food psychology is the same kind of thing that attracts thrill-seekers to roller coasters and skydiving: your brain subconsciously thinks it’s in danger while you consciously know you aren’t.
If the last two ideas didn’t sound good to you, there’s one option left to explore: experiences. Many people—thrill-seekers especially—value experiences more than material objects. Research local places where you might be able to find experiences such as race car driving, crocodile- and shark-diving, or even taking a haunted prison tour.
If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for the thrill-seeker in your life, these are great places to start. Jumping stilts can prove to be a fun and exciting new hobby, while spicy foods can give them an adrenaline rush in the comfort of their own home. And you can’t go wrong with an extreme experience to create memories that will last a lifetime. Just don’t be surprised if they invite you along for the ride!