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6 great gifts for retirees

By Jennie L. Phipps ·
Monday, December 23, 2013
Posted: 11 am ET

If you haven't yet bought a gift for the retiree in your life, here are six last-minute suggestions, gleaned from a friend's good ideas for her father -- a man who has everything:

  • A session with a retirement planning expert. A couple hours' worth of good advice can help a retiree make sure he or she is traveling in the right direction.
  • Golf lessons. I know it is a cliche, but golfers are everywhere in the retirement stratosphere. Male or female, if you can play the game respectably, it will improve your social life.
  • A streaming device such as Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV that lets you stream online networks to your HDTV-ready television set. Recipients may decide they don't really need to pay all that money for cable after all.
  • An exercise and fitness monitor from Fitbit or FuelBand. These gizmos help you monitor how much you eat and how much exercise you get. Retirement can be sedentary. These devices encourage anyone to eat less and keep moving.
  • A driving skills evaluation by an occupational therapist. Helping aging drivers figure out how to stay on the road safely is the latest area of specialty for occupational therapists. The average evaluation costs between $200 and $500 and takes two hours, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association. The evaluations are particularly good for drivers who are concerned about what they fear are diminishing abilities. The association says a therapist often can help an older driver find ways to improve skills and continue to drive safely.

Did I miss anything? Do you have any smart gift suggestions that any retired person could use?

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