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5 Best Selling Activity Gifts for Her

Fotolia_68461342_Subscription_Monthly_XXLOne of the reasons why relationships go stale after a while, is because we stop putting in the effort we did during the courting phase – when impressing the woman of our dreams was our number one priority. While men tend to live more “in the moment”, most women tend to start planning their perfect lives when they are little girls – and this doesn’t really change once we’re happily hitched. We still want our guys to display acts of old-world chivalry. And that, guys, is why you shouldn’t just stop dating her because she’s your wife.

Dr. Margaret Paul says that affection and spontaneous warmth are two of the top ten signs of a healthy relationship, so find ways to show your girlfriend or wife just how much she means to you:

  • make the bed
  • tell her she’s beautiful
  • grab her butt
  • hold her hand in the mall
  • run her a hot bubble bath
  • bring home her favourite guilty indulgence
  • plan a date!

How to Plan a Romantic Date for Your Lady-Love

Now we appreciate the fact that you’re a guy and that she probably does all the planning, but this is your date to and it’s important to put some thought into it. Try to think like her for a moment.

  1. Show that you’re doing this for HER by doing something she would enjoy. Taking her to a chain restaurant with a table that is well-placed for you to watch sport on the TV over head all night is NOT for her, but for you. Take her someplace where you can connect on a one-on-one basis.
  2. Make sure she doesn’t spend the entire time worried by taking care of everything that will be needed. Tell her what to wear (especially if the date is a surprise – she doesn’t want to show up in an evening gown and high heels for a rock climbing date!), and make babysitting arrangements, if you have children.
  3. Give some thought to finishing touches, such as flowers, wine, a pretty card, or whatever else is needed.

Let the Bucket List Genie Help You

Over the years, we’ve spent a lot of time creating and fine-tuning our offers to help you make the most shutterstock_319233722of your experience. Here’s a list of our best-selling activity gifts for her:

Aphrodisiac Perfume Workshop for One

Camelot Spa Breakaway

Tandem Paraglide

Long Beach Horseback Ride

Segway Spier Wine Farm & Vineyard Tour

Need more advice? Use our chat facility on the website to let the Bucket List Genie help you.

#GiftsForHer #GiftsForWomen #GiftVouchers

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5 Best Selling Activity Gifts for Him

flyboard_002_2xxs-5pLadies, are you tired of watching your guys checking the score on their phones during dates? Disappointed that the socks and ties you gave him have found a permanent home in the bottom of his drawer? The Bucket List Genie is here to help you find the perfect gifts and activities for the men in your life.

If you want to blow his mind away, you first need to find your way inside it. Men are adrenaline driven and goal oriented. They need something that will fire them up, build up to climax. They enjoy learning things, building things, and doing new, exciting things.

That’s why the Bucket List Genie took some time to analyse our most popular packages. Here, in no particular order, are our Best Selling Activity Gifts for Him:

Flight Simulator, Intro Flight & Lunch for One | PTA

Does he make you feel as though you’re flying with your head in the clouds? Let him feel the same with this amazing gift experience. He will have the opportunity to fly a fully accredited flight simulator. After the flight simulator experience, he can then put into practice his new skills with an introductory flight on-board a Cessna 172. Family and friends are welcome. Snack platters and other refreshments can be arranged at time of booking. man_spa_002

The Ultimate Grooming Experience for Men | JHB

Introduce your man to the wonderful world of personal grooming with this The Ultimate Grooming Experience. Now it’s his turn to be pampered with the Hines & Harley range of treatments developed especially for men while sipping on a complimentary whiskey or cold-drip coffee while we look after his hair, beard, face, hands and feet. The package includes a facial, shave, haircut, manicure and sports pedicure.

Beginner Brewing Workshop for Two | Woodstock CPT

If your man loves beer, then give him the gift that keeps on giving – Beginner Brewing Workshop for Two. Join him, or let him invite a fellow beer-buddy to this hands on, comprehensive and relaxed experience including a guided beer tasting. Taught by local brewing experts, each workshop takes a small group of novice brewers through the entire brewing process.

Xtreme Flyboard Experience for One | Vaal

If your favourite adrenaline junky is always looking for new and exciting experiences, this is the perfect gift for him. It is said that the Flyboard can be tamed in 5 minutes and mastered in 1-2 sessions – give it a go with this unbelievably exciting experience. Come out to one of our lovely venues in Gauteng. Here you can enjoy a relaxing day by the waterside and experience the thrill of Flyboarding. Afterwards you will have light snacks and a drink to round off this amazing experience.

Power Kite Buggying for One | CPT

Is he a speed-freak? Then try a wind powered beach buggy on our beaches. Learn how to fly a 2-line or Power_Kite_Buggying4-line Kite at Lagoon Beach. This action packed course teaches you the basics of 2 & 4 line kiting and prepares you for riding a buggy. Buggies are 3 wheeled go-karts that sit very low on the ground and use the wind for power. Once fit, you will do power slides, carves and tack up wind.

There you have it! Our list of top-selling activity gifts for the men in your life, inspired by the Bucket List Genie’s very own experiences. Need help? Contact us via chat or email today.

#GiftsForMen #GuysGifts #GiftVouchers

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Romance on the Water

11 Top-Selling Experiences That Beat a Hot Tub Hands Down

shutterstock_160221770Few things spice up a romance quite like close quarters, lack of clothing, and warm water, which is why a hot tub is often included in most date night ideas. Add some romantic lighting, refreshments, and music and you’re all set. But let’s be honest, even the most hopeless romantics become a bit bored with old-lady fingers (from being in the water for so long) and yearn for something a little more exciting.

The Bucket List Genie has searched all corners of South Africa for the most romantic water-based date ideas to spice up your love-life and to help you connect one-on-one with the love of your life. After all, nothing bonds two people quite like a shared experience.

Luxury Cruises for Two

Experience our fabulous Table Bay Cruise & Lunch package at Cape Town’s top destination – The Waterfront. Set off on a cruise of Table Bay with a unique view of Table Mountain and Cape Town’s skyline, followed by a sumptuous lunch at one of the Waterfront’s finest restaurant establishments offering exceptional food and ambiance. Or, if you choose to make the most of your morning in preparation for a night on the town, book a VIP Table Bay Champagne Sunset Cruise, followed by a sumptuous dinner in one of the Waterfront’s finest restaurants.

Looking for a romantic and extravagant proposal idea, an excellent date night idea to celebrate a special event, or a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon? Look no further than a Table Bay Sailing & Fine Dining Lunch for Two experience – it’s an absolute must for your bucket list! You will set sail from the V&A Waterfront and enjoy a scenic cruise of Table Bay’s blue waters, taking in spectacular views of the Mother City’s skyline and the majestic Table Mountain. Afterwards, you will enjoy a taste celebration of the Cape’s rich culinary heritage at Reuben’s in the One&Only Hotel in Cape Town.

Scenic Boat Trips

Enjoy the lavish houses of the hidden estates and the picturesque Magaliesberg Mountain Range from CPL_116a unique perspective as the water laps under the boat, and watch as the birds fly overhead and the fish jump from below… This Sunday Lunch Cruise on Harties includes drinks and delectable gourmet snacks. The ultimate relaxing experience!

Experience an awesome one hour boat trip in and around the V&A Waterfront harbour and along the Atlantic Seaboard, followed by Cape Town city sightseeing by bus with this Best of Cape Town Tour. Hopping on and off at your leisure, you have the opportunity to create your very own personalized Cape Town city experience. This is by far the best way to see our Mother City time and time again.

Low-Key, High-Romance Gondola Rides

Now you can experience South Africa’s very own Venice in Durban with a romantic gondola ride. For this unusual treat, you will embark on a 30 minute long ride down the canal. The Magical Night Time Gondola Ride is perfect for a birthday, date night, or just because. For something even more romantic, such as a proposal, book the Ultimate Gondola ride, which includes a romantic gondola ride with all the trimmings, including rose petals scattered inside the gondola, a delectable picnic basket for two, Venetian masks to add mystery (you can take them home!), a message-in-a-bottle to surprise your love and photos.

Adrenaline Day Time Date

river_raftingAt the top of most adventure seekers’ bucket lists, is White Water Rafting. Get wet, wild and wonderful with your love in this experience that takes you into one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa – Kleinmond. Surrounded by towering mountains and breathtaking scenery in this World Heritage Site which stimulates all your senses.

Exquisite Picnics By the Water

Treat yourself to a gourmet beach picnic for two, packed in a large box and secured with a ribbon to include biodegradable plates and wooden cutlery. Your box will be delivered to a beach of your choice. Your beach picnic menu will include crispy breads, pate, dips, savoury crackers, cheeses, homemade fruit preserves, smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, cold meats, fresh garden salad, delectable dessert, fruit, chocolate, water and juice.

Our Gourmet Romantic Picnic is set in a tranquil spot next to the Crocodile River on a double mattress with pillows and throws under a Caribbean umbrella. Watch abundant bird life while you enjoy our delicious cuisine and enjoy the beautiful river view.

Bath Under the Stars

Spend a night under the glittering ceiling of the Milky Way. The Open Air Star Suite is the glamping star_suite_001experience of a lifetime. The star suite is a beautifully secluded location, where it will only be you and your significant other for the night. Completely devoid of modern trappings, the star suite offers the ultimate comfort and relaxation. Soak in the outdoor bath at sunset or enjoy a refreshing shower overlooking the magnificent sunrise in the morning.

Are you ready to wow your love? Head on over to Celestial Gifts and book your experience today!

#ProposalIdeas #AnniversaryGifts #GiftVouchers

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Running Like a Steam Train: Bucket List Genie’s Next Adventure

steam-train-939939_960_720In 7 October 2017, Odette (The Bucket List Genie) will be joining 99 other solo athletes and relay teams in the Steam Train Challenge, which is ranked alongside the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon as one of the most popular in South Africa. Starting from Wellington, athletes will take on the train using a mix of running and mountain biking from a variety of stops along the way.

For Odette, this is not only an interesting race that combines two of her favourite hobbies, but it is an opportunity to challenge herself. Her goal is to encourage others to avoid being distracted from bigger goals by insignificant hurdles. “We all become demotivated from time-to-time, but by setting huge goals and being determined to achieve them, we can stay on task. That’s why I like to set these challenges for myself.”

Good Reasons to Challenge Yourself

Use Odette’s challenges to inspire yourself to reach greater heights. Here are some great reasons –

  • It brings you closer to fulfilling your ambition

Our dreams will never simply land in our laps. We have to work for it. By setting intentional challenges, we take steps towards our end goals. It’s okay for the goal posts to shift along the way. As we achieve more, we may be tempted to strive for bigger goals that are harder to achieve and that’s wonderful too.

  • It helps to increase your self-belief

Few things feel as good as conquering a difficult task, and the self-belief born from achievement adds to the momentum of our efforts to achieve even greater things. It’s a snowball effect!

  • It allows us to get to know ourselves better

Working through challenges enables us to become more aware of our strengths and weaknesses. We 20746297_1185231278287930_5076852397172022855_olearn new things that stir up new passions and open up a world of opportunities.

Digging deep in order to overcome the challenges we set for ourselves allows us to discover our personal power. By being a part of something bigger, we learn to recognise our own power in creating circumstances and finding solutions to challenges, and it provides an opportunity to live each day to the fullest.

If you’d like to support Odette’s latest adventure, visit the Race Info site to find out how to support the charities and make a fun filled day out of it for the whole family.

#BucketListGenie #SteamTrainChallenge #ChallengeYourself

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For the Love of… Beer!

BEER_TOUR_002South Africa offers a multitude of amazing adventures for young and old. We’re the country of blue skies, beautiful beaches, braais and beer. The Bucket List Genie was super-stoked recently with the addition of two new and exciting experiences for beer lovers to our offering. These adventures cater for all levels of adventure and beer boeps of all sizes!

If you’re lucky enough to live in Cape Town, you probably know that the Mother City is home to more microbreweries than any other South African city. Now you have the opportunity to discover our local beer heritage in an exciting half-day beer tour which will take you to two microbreweries and one macro brewer who will give you a taste of their brews.

Looking for a night out on the town? Our Fourways beer bus pub crawl will take you and three buddies on a hop-on-hop-off pub crawl from Copperlake Brewpub in Broadacres to Beerhouse Fourways, Hogshead Douglasdale and back to Copperlake Brewpub. You’ll get to enjoy some complimentary Copperlake beers and ciders and jam to the latest banging tunes as you travel between pubs. This makes for an awesome low-key bachelors night.

For the more adventurous, we offer an unforgettable adventure – #Megabeertour A.K.A Jozi’s Biggest Brewery Tour – the largest organised brewery tour in South Africa. Hop on the open top double-decker party bus, where you will enjoy complimentary Copperlake draughts, English ale, citrus cider and light lager as you head to the first brewery on the agenda for a brewery tour – Blackhorse Brewery and Chameleon Brewhouse. You will receive a complimentary draught at each brewery, and enjoy a Blackhorse burger meal at Blackhorse Brewery.

craft_beer_002A truly adventurous beer lover puts his experience to practice. If that’s you, we have something truly special for you: A beginner’s brewing workshop for two. Head to Woodstock, where you will discover the secrets of an exceptional brew from the masters. Choose and weigh the right malts and hops (and taste them too). Learn the secrets of each stage of mash, lauter and boil as your lecturer guides you through a real all-grain brew. Enjoy a guided tasting of different beer styles and learn which ingredients contribute to each style of beer. Participate in the entire brewing process till your team finally pours your beer into the fermentor.

These exciting experiences are a must for all beer lovers. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions you’ve always had and enjoy your favourite brews in a friendly, relaxed environment. Book your beer lovers experience today!

#BeerTours #BeerTasting #BrewingWorkshops

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Re-invigorate Your Romance With an Overnight Getaway

experience-74331942Let’s face it: even the most infatuated couples can buckle on the pressures of our daily hustle and bustle. Those who are at work all day and come home late to cook and help kids with homework tend to live past one another, while those who work together tend to take each other for granted. Life is just one beautiful, busy adventure from which we all sometimes need a break.

Most of us only get to enjoy one holiday a year, and it’s usually over before we have a chance to fully relax. That’s why it is so important to make time for a couple’s getaway.

Feeling guilty about leaving the kids? Don’t! Your kids would much rather have two relaxed, happy parents than scratchy, agitated grumps. Besides, they would love to spend a night (or two or three) visiting their grandparents or friends while you and your partner re-invigorate your romance.

Benefits of a Couples Overnight Breakaway

As parents, we take our responsibility towards our kids seriously. That’s a good thing, until it starts becoming unhealthy. Without emotional balance, we’re unable to be the best possible parents for our kids. What better way is there for you to become emotionally stable and relaxed than one-on-one time with your love?

Here are some of the reasons you should book an overnight break for you and your partner:

No distractions means that you can give each other your undivided attention. That’s a great way to gondolaimprove communication and enjoy uninterrupted “adult time” (if you know what I mean).
Your kids will have a break from you and they will welcome the slack rules that come with a stay at Grandma’s…
No need to watch the clock and get home to fulfill all your duties means that you don’t have to rush your date night. You can allow the evening to unfold as you wish.
You can lose your inhibitions by enjoying that extra glass (or two or three) of wine as well as a nightcap, because you’re staying at your destination.

If this sounds as amazing to you as it does to me, check out our exciting overnight packages that were designed to provide you with the perfect romantic experience. I promise you’ll be blown away!

#OvernightStays #RomanticGetaways #Staycation

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Signature Adventure Experiences with the Bucket List Genie

shutterstock_403541704(1)A sense of adventure surrounds the Bucket List Genie everywhere she goes, and whenever she introduces herself to new people, they want to become a part of her magical world. Many people are new to the concept of a bucket list and they want something a little extra…

In order to help new bucket listers get started on their journey and those who have allowed day-to-day life to interfere with their goals, we recently created a range of Signature Experiences. Whether you need a crash course in bucket listing, or you just want some of the Bucket List Genie magic to rub off on you, there’s an experience (or six) just for you!

These guided experiences are personally facilitated by the Bucket List Genie, sometimes in association with expert guides to assure your safety, or to provide more information about your experience of choice. Whether you’re up for high energy adventures or a relaxing walk among the wild-flowers, there’s something for everyone.

Bucket List Coaching & Lunch

Discover the art of bucket listing over lunch with none other than the Bucket List Genie herself. Let Odette guide you on how you can get started, and how to eliminate the obstacles in your way. shutterstock_527587204

Table Bay Sail with The Bucket List Genie

The Bucket List Genie invites you to cross off your goal to sail around Table Bay while spending some time chatting to her about your dreams and aspirations. Bring along your bucket list, and talk to her about how you can achieve your wildest dreams while enjoying spectacular views of Table Mountain and Cape Town’s skyline.

Trail Running for Four on Table Mountain

Running various trails in and around Table Mountain, you will have the opportunity to take in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Mother City, while breathing the fresh air and staying fit at the same time. It’s one of the best ways to de-stress!

Orchid Hunting for Two on Table Mountain

Explore the vast Table Mountain Nature Reserve and its surrounds with this once-in-a-lifetime orchid hunting & hiking experience. The Bucket List Genie invites you to join her and South Africa’s only Orchid Hunter and Fynbos Fanatic in search of Cape Town’s most rare, beautiful and protected orchids.

Table Mountain with Picnic for Two

shutterstock_447422740The Bucket List Genie invites you to cross off your goal to enjoy a delectable picnic on Table Mountain, while spending some time chatting to her about your dreams and aspirations. Bring along your bucket list and let her help you figure out how you can achieve your wildest dreams while enjoying the amazing views of the city as an inspirational backdrop.

Introduction to Mountaineering for Two on Table Mountain

Explore the vast Table Mountain Nature Reserve and its surrounds with this once-in-a-lifetime mountaineering adventure. The Bucket List Genie invites you to join her and a team of professional guides who have sound knowledge of the mountains to enjoy this awesome experience.

#SignatureExperiences #BucketListCoaching #ExperienceExpert

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The Bucket List Genie Completes the Petra Desert Marathon 2014

 

odette butcher
I distinctly remember, four years ago, when I looked down at my fingers and watched as the sands of time slipped through them.  That moment was a 360 degree turning point for me, an epiphany and I haven’t looked back since.  With every adventure I’ve tackled since, the pre nerves, anxiety and suspense do not dissipate.  The challenges are very often far easier than what I put myself through before taking the plunge.  I’ve come to realise that fear and guilt are our greatest enemy as is this constant need to be & feel safe & comfortable, which numbs and stunts our growth.  Intentionally placing oneself in controlled moments of discomfort can accelerate emotional and mental fitness at an alarming rate.  I look forward to making fear my BFF.
The Petra Desert Marathon takes place in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the heart of The Middle East and leaves from the Ancient City of Petra.  The course is grueling and takes runners through the arid desert and lunar-like landscape surrounding the city.  This was indeed an adventure desert race of a lifetime.
The day after our desert adventure, we were given special access into Little Petra at night and were entertained like Kings and Queens of the desert.  We walked along a candlelit path through the Siqu to the Mausoleum where the Bedouins performed a traditional love song for us prior to our banquet dinner.

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The Bucket List Genie completes The Polar Circle Marathon 2016

odette butcherIce cleats, gaiters, off-road snow running boots, balaclava and three layers from head to toe makes for a vacuum packed transformation from sun-baby to ice baby. These adventures are teaching me not to waste time overthinking them, because on race day nature decides which spontaneous curve balls she’ll throw my way. Wind chill on the ice-sheet reached -37 degrees to the extent that even my eyeballs froze (yes it’s possible). I did not take any no makeup selfies because my camera froze and so would my hands had I exposed them. I’ve realised how most of us give very little acknowledgement to the extreme adulting challenges that we all face daily and so perceived out of reach experiences are allot more doable and tangible than we may think. #IcicleOB

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The Bucket List Genie Completes The Great Wall Marathon 2015

I’m still not sure which experience offered me more ‘character-building’ … running my business using Instant Messaging during my time in China (due to no internet access which I hadn’t planned for) or the Great Wall Marathon!  What I do know is that life definitely begins at the end of your comfort zone and the Great Wall in itself, offers a wonderful synergy for how one can live a joyous, successful life.  Each step to me presents taking one day at a time, taking baby steps or big steps slowly and consistently every day until you achieve your dreams.   Each brick that forms the mammoth Great Wall is an example to lay one or two bricks of progressive tasks completed onto your foundation daily so that eventually you have built a solid structure that is indestructible.   Having suffered with chronic back problems for much of my adulthood until 5 years ago, this challenge was a celebration of exceptional health because when we are healthy an entire world of possibilities opens up to us and we have the strength to deal with whatever crosses our path.  I also realised how important it is to face and embrace what is considered difficult, treacherous and a challenge.  The more you tackle it, the less intimidating the obstacle becomes.  Regardless of what everyone else is doing, run your own race, at your own pace and eventually you will be where you want to be smiling.

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