Wild Holiday Gift Notions

dad.jpgby Steven Doyle

This holiday season we encourage you to take advantage of the wilder experiences found throughout North Texas from a NASCAR Experience to having a personal chef pamper you  for an evening. All these experiences offer an element of fun and excitement that will ensure your gift list is one of a kind this season.

Have someone difficult to buy for? Take a look and choose a bit  of fun this year!


NASCAR Experience: Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile oval and is banked 24 degrees in the turns. Located in Fort Worth, TX the Texas Motor Speedway is one of the fastest  super speedways on the NASCAR race circuit. Texas Motor Speedway is home to two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races as well as two NASCAR Xfinity Series races, the Indy Car Series race, and is proud to be a year round home for NASCAR Racing Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience.  The fun prices start at $199.

VIP Helicopter Tour: Soar high over Dallas on this VIP helicopter flight! More intimate than your average aerial jaunt, this tour ensures everyone flying gets a window seat. Appreciate the ultra-spacious cabin and extended flight route, which takes you all over the south and east sides of downtown Dallas, and begins with  the red-carpet treatment. VIP ride for to is $350.

Extreme Sandbox: Are you a different type of thrill-seeker? Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty while moving tons of dirt? We have just the solution for you with Extreme Sandbox. Operate a bulldozer, excavator or a wheel loader (or all three). This unique  experience with have you laughing maniacally starting at $195.

Sankey Bullriding School: Learn from the best at a location to suit your needs. Bullriding classes start  at age 14 to adults, and will set you back $425 and there are options for bullriding, saddle broncs, bareback riding and more.

Drive a Tank: Yes, you and your friends can drive a Sherman tank and blow things up with the 76mm gun. Many tanks available to drive, and most require a group of six with one driver to operate.  There are smaller tanks available and prices begin at $599. There are also machine gun to fire, flame throwers to blast and hand grenades to toss at this experience.

Indoor Skydiving: Learn to take a leap of faith with iFly, the indoor skydiving pros. They will take you up in a wid tunnel for an amazing experience at all ages.  Parties are also available as well as gift certificates.

Paraplaning: Learn how and actually fly a powered parachute in a day. The experience is thrilling and simple all at one. Lessons begin at $89. You will want to own your own!

Tandem Skydiving: Whether you’re a first-time skydiver or an experienced jumper, The Skydiving Company is dedicated to ensuring you have a world-class skydiving in Texas experience. They offer tandem skydiving, learn to skydive training programs, and sport jumping in our brand new facilities designed to ensure your safety, comfort and enjoyment. Prices begin at $189.

Private Chef: What a marvelous luxury it is to have a private chef in your home for one evening, or all year round. We are listing several chefs today that provide this service, they will cook a fabulous meal (as many courses as you prefer) and give an in-home class, or just cook and serve.  You could also hire a private in-home chef, and these chefs would make themselves available for that purpose as well. Local celebrity chefs are also available at a higher price. Send us a note for those details.


Chef Annie Greenslade is a degreed Culinary and Pastry Chef. Currently, she is the Private Chef and Owner of The Sweet Life Chef. The services offered by her business include private dinners, private cooking lessons for individuals or groups, shopping and nutrition lessons, catered desserts and hor d’oeuvres, extravagant custom cakes, wedding cakes, childrens’ cupcake decorating or milkshake parties, restaurant consultation, brand representation, mixology parties, cupcake and beer pairings, spirits and wines pairings with gourmet food for high-end clientele, and foreign cuisine. Dinners and thmed parties need to be quoted, but what an amazing  gift!

Chef Claudine Boucher also does meals in home, from a themed party (10 person minimum at $50 per person) to cooking classes in your home where gusts not only learn technique but also dine well.  ($50 an hour plus $25 per person) The chef  performs other services such as Air B&B and travel.

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