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Set sail

If you know someone with a passion for the open water or who loves adventure, consider purchasing sailing lessons. Lake Michigan is perfect for getting to know the ropes. Chicago Sailing ( offers range from Basic Sailing 101, Refresher Sailing 121 to advanced and club sailing or private lesson options. Prices vary based on the level, but Basic Sailing ranges from $510 on a weekday to $580 on a weekend for 15 to 16 hours of on-the-water training. The season is from April through October so this will give them something to look forward to in 2013. Customized gift certificates can be e-mailed or mailed to you or the recipient.