No Gift Box Needed -- The Perfect Last Minute Gift For Her

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Recent trends show that women would prefer personal experiences to consumer goods. Manifesta Safaris Inc. provides the perfect option -- Las Olas Surf Safaris at its surf camp in Central Mexico.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA Modern women are already bombarded by the marketing blitz telling them what they want for the holidays -- grandfatherly advice says "a diamond will make her feel loved," luxury auto dealers claim a new car, tied in a big bow, will make her whole, and the newest cell-cam-vid-iPlayer made the actress on the tube just ecstatic.

The accumulation of stuff launched an industry of professional organizers, supported the uncanny popularity of TV shows like Clean Sweep, and forced the Goodwill to finally limit donations of Christmas past. It's proving that stuff just doesn't do it anymore. Recent trends show women are reconsidering consumer excesses by opting for personal experiences instead of the usual perfume.

But alas, if women no longer want stuff, then what do they want?

In the case of the giver who aspires to super-hero status, an experience not soon to be forgotten rates at the top of anyone's wish list. While ultrasonic flights into the stratosphere may have a long waiting list, other life-changing experiences are available here on Earth today.

For example, women have been rediscovering and awakening themselves by dipping into the ocean and learning to surf. Communing with the sea has been a remedy for the soul since the beginning of time, which may explain why so many of us live in coastal regions. Las Olas Surf Safaris has hosted thousands of women at their surf camp in central Mexico for nearly a decade. Their motto, "We make girls out of women," really means much more than transforming willing ladies into surfer girls. As beaming safari alumni return to their jobs and family, the glow of satisfaction proves they've done something challenging and exceptional, recharged their spirit and maybe came closer to true happiness. The Las Olas safari includes surf instruction, equipment, oceanfront villas, local cuisine, yoga, massage and activities like close-up whale observation.

Some women are so inspired, they quit their jobs to travel, surf, write or start a new business. "Surfing has taught me that I can accomplish anything amidst things that are out of my control (like the ocean). Not only that, but I can really have fun doing it!" says Betsy, a Wall Street professional, who quit her job to travel and surf.

Surfing isn't for everybody, so if your someone is the creative type, consider Artista Creative Safaris in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. This all-inclusive retreat includes intuitive abstract painting workshops geared for novices, art tools and supplies, luxury accommodations, fine dining, ocean kayaking, nature walks, beach bonfires, yoga and massage.

"Attending the Artista Creative Safari was a turning point in my life," says Debi, who sold her business to become a painter. "I am so excited at the thought of finally living the life that I have always dreamed of."

Holiday purchase includes an express mailed gift basket. For info, call Manifesta at (831) 625-5748 or or

Contact: Judi Morales Gibson (831) 625-5748

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