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Sarasota may no longer be just a haven for retirees, but retirees still very much dominate the region’s landscape. What older person wouldn't love the warmer climes and the laid-back lifestyle?
Whether or not you’re over the age of 65 yourself, you likely know someone who lives in Sarasota who is. This gift guide will help you surprise them with treats that are right up their alley.
Thank You Card Set from Paper Source Local
140 University Town Center Drive, Store 149, Sarasota, (941) 271-0012
If you’ve ever been lectured by an older relative about the art of writing thank you notes, then you know how much prior generations love their stationery. The next time they lecture you, stop them in their tracks with a little gift. This thank you card set ($18.95) features cheerful images of strawberries, popcorn and palm trees to remind us all that life is just a series of, well, tiny delights. And your family members will never forget this rejoinder: “If you love writing thank you notes so much, Grandma, why don’t you use these?”
Gift Card from Salty Dog Records Local
6565 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, (608) 751-4814
Hipsters have turned records into a status symbol of their own, but the reality is that records were around long before their birth. Sarasota’s own Salty Dog Records has a wonderful collection of LPs from both new and vintage acts. If you’re not quite sure whether to go modern or nostalgic, consider buying Grandpa a gift card so he can make his own selection.
Thursday Night Package from Sarasota Opera House Local
61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 328-1300
While retirees probably have less time on their hands than people imagine, it is a truth universally acknowledged that many of Sarasota’s over-65-year-olds love to partake in the arts. What better way to do that than with a Thursday night package of three performances at the Sarasota Opera? 2023’s season boasts classics like Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Verdi’s Ernani. Package tickets vary from $58 to $382 based on seating.
7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, (941) 355-3888
Without a membership to a golf club, a round of golf can be hard to come by in Sarasota. Rumors of the sport’s demise may be exaggerated, as the over-65-set still quite enjoys a day out on the green. If you want to indulge your relative or friend with a round of golf, consider a gift card to University Park’s golf club. Current rates are $139 before 1 p.m., $119 after 1 p.m. and $99 after 3 p.m., but those change seasonally.
423 Suwanee Ave., Sarasota, (941) 531-2453
This is by far the priciest item on our list but it’s a gift we know the recipient will never forget. The Magnum Cosmo X electric bike ($2,199) will let your relative cruise the Legacy Trail in style, leaving non-electric riders in their dust. Sellers say this bike is great “for both errands or a relaxing bike ride.” No more huffing on a long-distance bike trek.