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Gifts for your Potentially Senile Dear Old Mom and Dad

Photo: Ana Benaroya, License: N/A

Ana Benaroya


Canon SX500IS ($279.99 after rebate) Don’t be daunted by all of the letters and numbers in its name—anything that “superzooms” like this is gonna be just fine. Service Photo, 3838 Falls Road, (410) 235-6200, servicephoto.com

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Riedel whiskey glasses, 2 pack ($39.99) Half of the enjoyment of single-malt scotches (well, maybe not half) is had by the nose, which these babies are designed to please. Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St., (410) 576-0444, bin604.com

 

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Glenmorangie 10-year single-malt scotch ($45.99) Buying single-malts as gifts can be dicey, given their broad range of flavors, and a stock of such gifts can end up collecting dust in the liquor cabinet. This one, though, tends to get drunk first. Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St., (410) 576-0444, bin604.com

 

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Safety razor ($80) Believe it not, no matter how many blades they put on disposable razors, they’ll never be as good as the double-edged blades found on old-fashioned safety razors—which are also pretty darn smart-looking. Sixteen Tons, 1100 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101, shop16tons.com

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Baltimore’s Bygone Department Stores ($19.99) You have to be really old to remember Howard Street the way it used to be, with crowds bustling in and out of Hutzler’s, Hoschild’s, Stewart’s, and Hecht’s, but that’s why they have history books—you don’t need firsthand memories. Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, (410) 377-2966, theivybookshop.com

 

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Handmade vintage car purse ($44) Dads who love vintage cars will very much like their better halves on their arms, carrying this. 9th Life, 833 W. 36th St., (410) 534-9999, 9th-life.com

 

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Hematite necklace ($28) Give this to mom to wear and maybe its magnetism will catch your pop’s eye. Cupcake, 813 S. Broadway, (410) 522-0941, cupcake-shop.com

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Hats in the Belfry Classic ($150) Mom can channel Josephine Baker—but tell her to keep that knot tight to signal she’s hitched. Hats in the Belfry, 201 E. Pratt St., (410)-528-0060 and 813-B S. Broadway, (410) 342-7480, hatsinthebelfry.com

 

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Macaroon soy candle ($24) Made of 70% hand-poured soy wax, which burns considerably slower than regular candles—a 14-ounce tower offers up to 90 hours of sweet-smelling bliss. Babe, 1716 Aliceanna St., (410) 224-5114, babeaboutique.com

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Axis and Allies: 1942 game ($40) Does it sometimes seem like dear old ma and pa are at war? Give ’em this as a healthy way to channel those aggressions—if they can ever decide who gets to be the good guys. Gorilla King Comics, 1711 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0181


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Christopher Schafer custom-tailored shirt ($150) Dad’s gotta take off that Ravens jersey sometime, right? Get him this fly deal from CP’s “Best Tailor.” Christopher Schafer Clothier, 1400 Aliceanna St., (410) 404-5131, christopherschafer.com

 

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Vacancy Reno watercolor by Scott Ponemone ($850) Art is a great investment and they can hang this old school Vegas-style “Vacancy” sign in your old room and never even realize that you’re commenting on their failing mental faculties. Jordan Faye Contemporary, 823 Park Ave., (443) 955-1547, jordanfayecontemporary.org

 

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Sean O’Harra copper bowls ($60-$250) Dad might not dig these copper bowls as much, but Mom does the decorating anyway. Moss Unlimited, 2215 Reisterstown Road, (443) 983-9314, mossunltd.com

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