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December 21, 2012 1:53 PM   Subscribe

GiftFilter: Gifts for an outdoorsy teenager trapped in the burbs.

I'm stumped trying to find a gift for my stepbrother, a high-school sophomore who plays football and recently moved into suburbia from his previous home in the Great North Woods.

He's a snowshoeing, ATV-riding kind of kid, and I think those activities are pretty much closed off to him now. They arrest you on your dirt bike here.

Any bright ideas for a substitute experience? He now lives in a second-tier metro area, so most reasonable activities are an option.
posted by zvs to Shopping (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Well, depends where you are located, but what about something like the Richard Petty driving experience/NASCAR driving experience? It can get expensive, but I've never heard a bad thing about it.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:56 PM on December 21, 2012

(New England)
posted by zvs at 1:57 PM on December 21, 2012

Think he'd be into road biking? It's not as extreme as ATVing or dirt biking, though traffic and hills can certainly present fun and occasionally dangerous challenges. Or if there are any appropriate areas for mountain biking nearby, that could be an option, too.
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:57 PM on December 21, 2012

A bicycle & helmet & flashing taillight (suburban drivers are not always skilled at noticing non-cars).
posted by headnsouth at 1:58 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Slightly different outdoor experience, but rock climbing? They have indoor climbing gyms many places now. My ATV-riding, outdoorsy sister took it up when she moved to a big metro area and it seems really cool.
posted by incountrysleep at 2:12 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

How about a gift certificate for a horseback riding trail ride or some riding lessons?
posted by Sassyfras at 2:35 PM on December 21, 2012

Snowboard lesson or if he already knows how a lift ticket or two? Or gear.
posted by fshgrl at 2:49 PM on December 21, 2012

Seconding incountrysleep. New England isn't that big, and there are plenty of outdoors places to climb: Shawagunks (New York). Connecticut. Other New England climbing. Climbing gyms are a grab bag. Word of mouth should be your or his guide to which are worth anything.
posted by jet_silver at 2:52 PM on December 21, 2012

If he already has a dirtbike and doesn't know how to use it in New England, a membership to NETRA might be just the ticket.
posted by workerant at 3:33 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Urban Adventure Handbook
posted by jon1270 at 4:17 PM on December 21, 2012

Tritium compass. The “Frequently Bought Together” items look like they would pair fantastically.
posted by oceanjesse at 4:19 PM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Ultralight tent. It will totally motivate him to do other activities because he'll always have a place to crash.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:21 PM on December 21, 2012

Thanks for all the suggestions, everybody. I have a few years worth of birthdays and Christmases here. I ended up going with passes to the climbing gym, which was a big hit.
posted by zvs at 6:12 PM on December 25, 2012

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