New Year's Resolutions

New Year, New You? What’s your take on new year’s resolutions?

The first full week of the new year is officially over (hurray!) and as we all know people like to kick the year off on a positive note with many people deciding on a new years resolution. Some of the most common resolutions every year include hitting the gym, making an effort to be healthier and taking part in dry January (no drinking alcohol for the first month of the year). Have you set yourself any goals for 2016? and if so do you think you will actually stick to them? A recent study by shows that 75% of people stick to their resolutions for the first week of the year, with only 46% of these people still on track after six months.

Here at GiftsDirect we think some of your new years resolutions/goals should be fun and exciting so that you actually want to stick to them! This got us thinking about the idea of creating a “bucket list” of things you want to do or achieve in 2016. The idea being to mix your healthy new resolutions with some fun activities and experiences to make for a great year. Keeping this in mind we have put together a list of our top 5 things to try over the next 12 months to give you some inspiration on how to kick start a brand new year:

1. Tandem Skydive Experience

What better way to begin 2016 than with a skydive! This bucket list idea is a thrill seekers dream, jumping from a altitude of over 10,000ft you parachute from 5,000ft to spectacular views. During the experience you are secured to a tandem master and will receive 15-20 minutes training before the skydive.

Don’t forget to get your  friends and family to bring a camera to capture the whole event! While you can’t actually bring the camera up with you, they can take pictures of you gearing up and of your landing. You can get more information on the Skydive here.


2. Hot Air Balloon Ride

With a number of different hot air balloon experiences to choose from including a package for two or an individual package as well as a sunset or sunrise hot air balloon for two people, there is something to suit everyone. Available across a range of different locations, a hot air balloon ride is a great way to begin the new year. Take in the beautiful scenes of the Irish countryside from the air, a once off experience with memories to last a lifetime. Most of the flights last one hour depending on the package chosen.

3. Cookery Classes

As a new year begins, a  lot of us promise to cook healthier or to improve our own culinary skills. What better way to begin a new year than a with some cookery classes. Become the culinary god or goddess you know you are in 2016! With a selection of different types of classes available there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Improve your own baking or cooking abilities or give someone else a little push to expand their skills!

4. Surfing Lessons

Exercise mixed with fun- surfing lessons are the perfect group activity! We all know the west coast of Ireland is famous for it’s surfing beaches in areas like Bundoran and Lahinch, so why not take in the stunning scenery, sandy beaches and high waves of the Atlantic this year with a surfing break to one of these popular locations. You can also turn your surfing experience into a weekend away as some of the packages available on also include a one or two night stay in a local B&B. You can check out the full range of surfing lessons available here.

If surfing isn’t the sporting activity you want to try in the coming year, there are a selection of other outdoor activities you may want to try which you will find here.

5. Off Road Buggy Racing

For those with a 2016 bucket list packed full of action, this off road buggy racing experience is the perfect activity to add. Offering an adrenaline pumping experience, you can race these high speed buggies on a purpose built super special stage track that produces an awesome driving experience.

The course features various jumps, corners, bends, chicanes and hairpins that will really test your driving skills. Drivers will soon learn how to throw the buggy sideways through the challenging corners. Adding to the buzz of the activity, your opponents will be in your peripheral vision through most of the race. All circuits can be viewed from the pits and spectator area, so you can still view the action whilst waiting for your races. For more information on the experience click here.

For more inspiration on making a fun and exciting list of 2016 goals you can check out our full range of experience gifts here. Happy New Year!


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