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10 top gifts for baby boomers

What do you get for someone who has seen and done nearly everything? Today's baby boomers are noted for having been there, done that. But, even if true, they still like to unwrap presents like everyone else. • So, with a lifetime of experiences in mind, we have searched out a variety of potential gifts for our readers. There's a mix of the practical and the just plain fun. We tried to keep your holiday budget in mind (with one or two rather lavish exceptions). Prices do not include taxes or shipping and handling (if applicable). • One more shopping tip: When buying for family and friends, don't forget that you can buy for yourself, too. (We won't tell.)

1

LLOVE A LLAMA

Gift: Donate a llama or alpaca

Cost: $150 per animal or $20 for a partial donation

Details: Heifer International in Little Rock, Ark., provides llamas and alpacas to families who live in high altitudes (Peru, Ecuador) and use the animals' wool for clothes to wear or sell.

Contact: heifer.org or toll-free 1-890-422-0474

2

A SIGHT FOR SANTA'S EYES

Gift: Big Time Atomic Clock

Cost: $99.95

Details: This electric clock offers numbers 4 inches tall. It measures more than 16 by 10 inches, for desk or wall. Easy on the eyes and memory; the clock automatically resets itself when batteries are replaced or daylight saving time kicks in.

Contact: firstSTREET of Colonial Heights, Va., at firstsreetonline.com or toll-free 1-800-704-1210

3

NEVER GET LOST ON THE LINKS

Gift: GolfLogix

Cost: App is free; additional features for annual membership of $19.95

Details: Free download to smartphones, providing maps of more than 30,000 golf courses worldwide. Additional features include map of all shots taken and automatic scorekeeping. Your ball still might get lost, but you never will.

Contact: golflogix.com or toll-free 1-877-977-0162

4

START YOUR WINING

Gift: A Taste of the Florida grape

Cost: Average price $19 and up

Details: The Florida Orange Groves Winery on Pasadena Avenue S in St. Petersburg has been bottling and branding wines since 1997. Choices include wine, wine pouches, wine mixers, wine smoothies and even the Redneck Wine Glass — a hybrid beer can and wine glass.

Contact: floridawine.com or toll-free 1-800-338-7923

5

VITAMINS SMITAMINS

Gift: A copy of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin

Cost: $25.95 (hardback) or $16 (paperback)

Details: Rather than being preached at about the food we should eat or the exercise we should be getting, this book reports on the habits and personalities of people who lived long lives. Learn what worked for them.

Contact: amazon.com or toll-free 1-866-216-1072

6

BE BUDDIES WITH MICKEY AND THE GANG

Gift: D23 annual membership

Cost: Silver membership, $34.99; Gold membership, which includes a monthly newsletter, $74.99

Details: D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will have numerous "Fanniversary Celebrations" in 2013. Members receive discounts on Disney merchandise, invitations to special events and advance notice of ticket sales to special movie screenings and Walt Disney World events.

Contact: D23.com or toll-free 1-855-323-5973

7

STAY WELL, MY FRIEND

Gift: A "Stay Well" Room at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Cost: $119 per night

Details: If you know someone who has plans to see one or more of the growing array of Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas, the cross-country flight jet lag can be reduced with more than a dozen amenities designed to reset the body's internal clock. Features include blue-shaded lights to reduce jet lag, vitamin C-infused showers and even optional aromatherapy.

Contact: mgmresorts.com or toll-free 1-800-929-1111

8

PUT THAT OLD RECORD ON

Gift: Stereo Turntable with AM/FM Radio

Cost: $89.95

Details: Dig out that old vinyl — 45s and 33 1/3rds — and dial back the years along with the tunes. Turntable comes with built-in speakers in a wooden cabinet.

Contact: firstSTREET of Colonial Heights, Va., at firststreetonline.com or toll-free 1-800-704-1210

9

DON'T WORRY ON THE ROAD

Gift: On-Call International Membership

Cost: $425 a year

Details: A year's membership provides medical and travel assistance for both domestic and international travel. Includes everything from transportation home in a medical emergency to assistance for family members (including grandchildren).

Contact: oncallinternational.com or toll-free 1-800-575-5014

10

I SPA

Gift: Rent a cabana, get a massage.

Cost: Cabana prices start at $25; massages and spa services vary.

Details: Half- or full-day cabana treat at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. The spas surround the infinity pool and come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, food and beverage options, private bathroom and even a butter-rum scrub massage.

Contact: clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com or (727) 373-1234

10 top gifts for baby boomers 12/18/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:30am]

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