Each Christmas, since I was diagnosed with – and beat – colorectal cancer, Christmas giving has taken on a new meaning for me. I try to give a gift that is an experience in addition to the socks and underwear my kids will always receive from me no matter how old they are. Post cancer, I quit thinking about cute knick-knacks and other dust collectors, or cool things they will never, ever use… like the Ronco Bottle and Glass Cutter or a rock tumbler. Nope, now I give an experience like amusement park tickets, restaurant gift cards, family vacations, and tickets to the theatre, or a simple dinner and a movie.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I bought kayaks. We really enjoy kayaking and I think if you are stuck looking for a unique gift, the gift of taking a kayak tour would be a great idea. Perfect for someone who likes spending time in the outdoors, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions is family owned and operated, and there is no charge if a trip is cancelled due to weather. Personally, I’ve never gone kayaking with them, but their excursions sound amazing.

Take a two-hour tour through island waters and discover birds, wildlife, fish and more; you might even spot a dolphin. The flowers and other vegetation is amazing and paddling is easier than you think. The hardest part is getting in and out of the kayak. If touring Amelia Island is not your thing, look at kayak companies who offer tours of the Okefenokee Swamp, the Suwanee River, or stay closer to home. The choice is all yours.

Call (904) 557-5307 or visit AmeliaIslandKayak.com for more information.