The months of May and June can sometimes catch gift givers off guard. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as well as high-school and college graduations, there are suddenly many people to shop for in your life in such a short time span.
To help our readers, Senior Outlook Today has prepared its 5th Annual Gift Guide for Moms, Dads and Grads:
We get it. Dad is really hard to shop for. Let’s make it easy.
If you REALLY want to surprise your dad this year, give him the gift of fishing all year long with Lucky Tackle Box! Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 fishing subscription box in America, where you can sign up and receive a monthly package full of the hottest lures, tackle and products in the sport fishing industry.
Here’s a little bit about what we do and why LTB is a PERFECT GIFT for dad:
- Lucky Tackle Box ships once a month, with each box packed full of some of the top fishing lures, tackle and accessories in the industry.
- LTB is all about education, so we create multiple, unique YouTube instructional videos and “how-to” articles each month to help subscribers learn about our products and become better fisherman.
- LTB has 10 different boxes for species ranging from Bass to Walleye, Trout to Fly Fishing.
- Fantastic gift for dad’s to take the family out into nature together or the dad who just loves to fish, wants to improve his skills and try new products.
- Subscription plans are set up for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month durations.
- Many top brands in the fishing industry launch their newest products in the LTB boxes each month and the retail value of the products ALWAYS exceed the cost of the subscription.
Visit Lucky Tackle Box for more information.
Chamberlain’s MyQ Smart Garage Hub connected device and smartphone app lets you monitor, open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world with a smartphone. Since more than 70% of homeowners use the garage door as the home’s main point of entry, knowing that the garage door is closed provides consumers peace of mind their home has been left safe and secure.
- Alerts to your smartphone when the door opens or closes to tell you when anyone is coming and going from home.
- Makes a great gift for busy parents – alerts to your smartphone when the door opens or closes tell you when your kids make it home safely from school.
- Works with most brands of garage door openers manufactured after 1993.
- Integrates with other systems, including: Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT, Xfinity Home, and Wink.
- All you need is Wi-Fi in your garage, a screwdriver to mount the MyQ hub, and a smartphone.
- Available for $99.99 at Amazon and the Chamberlain website.
Who doesn’t like to be spoiled? Give the gift of luxury and pamper your loved ones this year with a unique gift they’ll use all the time!
Micro Cotton towels are made from 100% super-soft cotton that lends itself to an indulgent texture. The towels are fluffier, softer and more absorbent than others on the market, while also drying easily. Additionally, due to the unique structure of the yarn, Micro Cotton textiles become softer after every wash for long-lasting luxury. I’ve included just one of Micro Cotton’s collections below, the Hotel Collection Ultimate towels from Macy’s.
Hotel Collection Ultimate Micro Cotton Towel Collection ($16.00 – $68.00)
Available in 18 colors to complement any bath décor
Experience a new level of luxury with the Hotel Collection Ultimate Micro Cotton® bath towel collection. Ultra-soft and extra-absorbent, these towels make a blissful addition to your bath. In favorite neutrals, gentle pastels and rich jewel tones, the standout selection of shades can accommodate every décor.
Available exclusively at Macy’s.
Want a really fun idea for grads? How about the JBL Boombox ($399.95)!
This awesome speaker keeps the party rocking for up to 24 hours with best in class sound and blasting, blistering bass thanks to a powerful, long-lasting battery. Perfect for those recent graduates who don’t want to give up college, but need a bit of sophisticated sound for their new digs.
GiftsForYouNow.com’s new Easter baskets, bunnies and gifts can be personalized or customized specifically for loves ones, making each present unique and unforgettable. Below are a couple of new Easter products; additional Easter gifts ideas can be found at https://www.giftsforyounow.com/personalized-easter-gifts_85.aspx
- The Embroidered Easter Basket – The kids will have fun this Spring hunting for eggs or carrying around all their Easter treats in this Embroidered Easter Basket, available in your choice of pink or blue. Personalized with any name, in thread color and font shown, these adorable embroidered bunny baskets become a fun keepsake the kids will enjoy time and time again. $14.95
- The ‘Somebunny Loves Me’ Bunny – This adorable personalized bunny is the perfect gift for Easter, though it will be cherished by your child long after the holiday is over. The t-shirt worn by these plush personalized Easter bunnies may be customized with any name in your choice of pink and purple or green and blue lettering. $19.98
GiftsForYouNow is a family business based in the western Chicago suburbs, providing thoughtful personalized gifts for all occasions to terrific gift-givers year round. Opened in 1999, GiftsForYouNow is a mid-sized business with the goal of helping you add your personal touch to terrific personalized gifts for baby showers and weddings to pets and even memorial items. For more information, please visit www.giftsforyounow.com.
Everyone loves a good murder…
Cosykiller is a unique subscription box which is an ideal gift for a murder mystery loving mom. A cross between a choose your own adventure novel – and a role-playing detective game – cosykiller was brought to life by the award-winning team at Red Herring Games (an international team of fictional assassins).
Each month your mother will get sent critical details pertaining to the case as an heir hunter searches through the clues in the past to try and discover what happened to Marie.
Each box holds different clues, and as the investigation unfolds subscribers are sent objects designed to recreate the look and feel of a period crime, including vintage-themed memorabilia, spices, aged paper, even an old journal with burned pages. There are ciphers, sketches, and plenty of intrigue. All in all – it’s an ideal present for mom’s who are wannabe sleuths, armchair detectives and lovers of vintage memorabilia.
About the subscription:
Cosykiller is a fully immersive murder mystery game for one that arrives directly to your door
• Each story lasts a year with 12 monthly subscription boxes
• Each month a box of clues including vintage memorabilia, keepsakes and puzzles is delivered to your door
• You can play on your own or discuss as a small group or family
• It’s fully immersive in look, feel and even smell!
About the game:
It’s the 1930s. Marie Jones, a young woman from a wealthy family in England has been sent to India to stay with her aunt in order to find a suitable match… within the year Marie is found to be missing.
Her lost journal is finally discovered under the floorboards of a local dwelling by an heir hunter. As the last known living relative of the family line, the journal falls into our possession.
With the help of regular discoveries from the Indian based heir hunter, it’s up to you to fathom out what happened to Marie.
Cosykiller is available to buy directly from the website www.cosykiller.com. Players can sign up for a full year or elect to pay as they go. The game is shipped internationally with players already taking part in Australia, Singapore, the USA and UK.
PERSEVERANCE: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague
Orphaned by an Iowa teen mom at a Texas orphanage, Tim Hague was then taken on a “Free to Good Home” tour with the head of the orphanage. As a bi-racial baby in 1964, his prospects for adoption seemed slim until his adopted mother saw him at a Kansas City church. Devout Christians, Hague’s parents marveled at the “gorgeous baby boy” and the rest is history.
Happily adopted, Hague joined a family of 9 children – three older biological children and six adopted, mixed race kids living as on amazing family in Kansas City.
In Tim Hague’s autobiography, PERSEVERANCE: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined (Viking Canada: May 8, 2018), Hague takes readers from those Kansas City days at Zarda Dairy to his years in Winnipeg, a devastating Parkinson’s diagnosis at age 46 and then to his 2013 win in the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada with son and teammate, Tim, Jr.
Hague’s remarkable life story shows that perseverance is not just a matter of willpower: it is a skill that can be learned and honed. Parkinson’s has forced him to retire early from the work he loves as a registered nurse. But as a healthcare professional, and now suffering from a challenging disease himself, Hague discusses living with Parkinson’s, working with charities to help promote Parkinson’s awareness and his “Live Your Best” message. Drawing on his experience winning The Amazing Race, and referencing cutting-edge research and studies, Hague weaves a moving story of failure and success, outlining the elements of his philosophy that anyone can apply to their own lives, including:
- The nature of luck: Luck comes to those who keep trying until the end–never stop until the race is over.
- Find community: As a nurse, a husband and father, and a man living with Parkinson’s, Hague knows better than most that we all need to ask for help sometimes, and that’s a good thing.
- Accept limits: By focusing on what we can do, we accomplish more than we ever thought possible.
- Cease striving: We think of striving as a positive attribute, but all we end up doing is banging our heads against the wall. Have goals, but have fun. Do not create anxiety out of nothing and maintain perspective.
- Live Your Best: No such thing as giving 110%–can only do your best.
Inspirational and entertaining, Hague’s message is both simple and profound: perseverance isn’t just something a person has, or a trait we admire in others. Hague’s book, like his life, is a guide to how we can all learn to persevere in the face of daily struggles–or even life-changing illness.
Century Hearing Aids
Century Hearing Aids mission is to provide low-cost hearing aids to seniors (all hearing aids under $400)!
In a rare bipartisan consensus, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law legislation that includes the Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act. The act stipulates consumers can directly purchase hearing improvement devices without seeing a medical professional. It also means companies can sell products that claim to improve your hearing without going through the process of qualifying them as medical devices, which brings up a host of other issues.
Familius New Book Releases
Familius’s mission is to make families happy, one book at a time. They believe that healthy and diverse families are the building blocks of a healthy, happy, and diverse society. Familius has titles for readers of all ages that fit the company’s values and these goals:
1) Feed the Baby Hummus by Lisa Lewis, MD
2) How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin
3) Twinsight: How to Raise Confident, Emotionally Healthy Twins, by Dara Lovitz
4) Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year by Maria Lianos-Carbone
5) A Couple’s Guide to Happy Retirement and Aging by Sara Yogev, PHD.
6) Grandmothering by Linda Eyre
Grandmothers make the best cookies and give the best hugs, but there’s so much more to being the kind of grandmother who leaves a legacy that stands the test of time. New York Times #1 bestselling author and grandmother Linda Eyre shares her secret formula for teaching your grandchildren values, building meaningful connections with them, and giving them grit and resilience in an ever-changing world. Broken into short, digestible chapters for quick reading, this guidebook is filled with time-tested advice and stories from a panel of grandmothers, plus an appendix of easy, delicious recipes to feed a crowd at your next family reunion.
With age comes many changes to your body (including your eyes), but don’t let get you down in the slumps. Part of aging eyes means admitting you can’t see things like you use to. That’s where reading glasses come in.
We understand that reading glasses can carry a stigma, but at Readers.com, we’ve revamped reading glasses to be fun and exciting accessories to introduce in your wardrobe. With over 500 styles at affordable prices – we’ve changed the stigma to where individuals are dying to share their personality and style through the glasses they choose.
Maybe you’re feeling a little bit sassy and want to leave your personal comfort zone. Cat-Eye Reading Glasses just may be the perfect fit for you. OR maybe you’re interested in something more classic so a round reader is what you’re searching for. Whatever shape or color you’re interested in – we promise we have it.
Sugru is a unique wonder material invented to help get a new generation fixing and creating again. Sugru is soft- to- touch moldable, flexible, durable and grippy, Sugru bonds permanently to ceramics, metal, gass, woods, most plastic, some fabric and even flexible material.
In this kit, we’ve chosen the best crafty ideas shared by our amazing community of over 1 million sugru-ers. Discover 16 inspiring ways to get creative with this new material. From personalizing tools to creating jewelry, through to a clever and durable way to label your beloved objects, these projects will get you thinking and doing. This kit includes: 4 single-use packs, a booklet of 16 crafty projects, 1 texturing thimble, 1 texturing brush and a sugru tin.
About Sugru: Sugru is the world’s first moldable glue that sets strong due to exposure to air. Becoming flexible and tactile silicone rubber ready for any DIY or fixer upper project! Whether that means organizing your desk or putting together a class project Sugru works on every surface.
HTWO Hydrogen Water
HTWO has countless health benefits. Specifically, it promotes energy, boots endurance, reduces fatigue and reduces lactic acid without the addition of counterproductive sugars, caffeine and additives – perfect to drink pre/post workout, and really any time of day!
Whether dad is an avid biker, runner, hiker, climber or just enjoys the outdoors – staying hydrated is a must!
There are many colors, patterns, fabrics and styles of golf shirts to choose from when you hit the course. But, no golf shirt makes fitting in a quick nine holes or 30 minutes at the driving range easier than the new MagnaReady golf polo.
Instead of tiny buttons that can be challenging to maneuver into button holes for people with arthritis, or when you’re in a rush, MagnaReady polos use magnetic buttons. Just pull the shirt over your head and press the neck together to close as many “buttons” as you prefer, and you are ready to tee off in seconds.
Born Fanatic: My Life in the Grip of the NFL by Michael McCormack
Born Fanatic: My Life in the Grip of the NFL is so much more than a football memoir. In this new release from Michael McCormack — the son of the NFL Hall of Famer and former head coach to the Eagles and Seahawks with whom he shares the same name — we’re offered a unique glimpse into the impact sports fanaticism can have on families, individuals and, particularly in this case, the bond of a father and son.
The bond between a father and son can be just a special and unique as it is tumultuous and challenging. Add in a father whose attitude varies dependent upon the outcome of his pro-football career and the dynamic becomes all the more chaotic. This is the foundation for the story of Michael McCormack and his father in his new release, Born Fanatic: My Life in the Grip of the NFL.
From his first breath, McCormack’s life was football. As the oldest son of the world champion Cleveland Brown, former head coach to the Eagles and Seahawks, and NFL Hall of Famer with whom he shares the same name, McCormack has watched literally from the sidelines as his father’s career would make or break more than six hundred Sundays in his life. And these Sunday games just scratched the surface as McCormack began a lifelong journey as a ‘born fanatic’ in the cauldron of professional football.
No ordinary football memoir, in McCormack’s Born Fanatic, he offers a glimpse into his unique experience with football fanaticism, leaving fans and readers alike both nodding with understanding and surprised by his insights into one of America’s most beloved pastimes. Few individuals have learned about pro football from the classroom of life the way McCormack has and through his storytelling — woven with research and insights from his “insider perspective” — readers are given a deep look into what makes football fanatics tick and inspires them to meet the challenge of recovering the most important thing about pro football before it’s too late.
Learn more at www.bornfanatic.com.
Here’s a brief summary of some Spring 2018 releases (simply click the below title links for further book & author info + advance samplers OR click here to view the full Spring 2018 catalogue):
RobertRose Books New Releases
AROMATHERAPY WITH ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSERS: For Everyday Health & Wellness Aromatherapy and essential oils are more popular than ever. Diffusing essential oils can improve your health and well-being. Karin Parramore Oregon
150 BEST WAFFLE MAKER RECIPES: From Sweet to Savory Now home cooks can enjoy scrumptious restaurant-quality sweet and savory waffles. Marilyn Haugen Wisconsin, Jennifer MacKenzie Ontario
5-INGREDIENT AIR FRYER RECIPES: 175 Delicious & Easy Meal Ideas Including Gluten-Free & Vegan Enjoy fried foods anytime, with a fraction of the fat and calories and none of the messy clean-up left in the wake of traditional oil-fried foods. Camilla Saulsbury Texas
SERIOUSLY GOOD FREEZER MEALS: 150 Easy & Tasty Meals You Really Want to Eat Delicious meals that will have you feeling anything but left out in the cold! Karrie Truman Washington
FERMENTATION REVOLUTION: 70 Easy, Healthy Recipes for Kombucha, Kimchi and More Everything you need to know about fermentation to start a little revolution in your pantry! Sebastien Bureau + David Cote Quebec
USING THE GAPS DIET: 175 Recipes for Gaining Control of Your Gut Flora A comprehensive introduction and 175 tasty recipes to help you gain control of your health and intestinal flora. Signe Gad Copenhagen
Lessons From My Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life by Marc Demetriou
Lessons From My Grandfather chronicles Charlie’s migration from Cyprus to NYC, and his trials and tribulations in work and in love. Remarkably, he leaves Cyprus at 16 without telling anyone, including the young woman he was set/intent to marry. Many years later, her family falls on hard times and migrates to the same Cypriot community in New York. They reconnect and get married.
This book is a reminder to communicate with the younger generations and serves as motivation for all ages. It’s also a great conversation starter for anyone of any age!
More information available at www.GrandfatherLessons.com.
For the millions of seniors who suffer from some form of arthritis, easy-to-operate basic essentials are always welcome. ShedRain seems to be having an impact with its new e-Motion umbrella, the first fully motorized umbrella that opens and closes completely with a push of a button. The standard auto open close umbrella (that was introduced more than 25 years ago) still requires a two-handed action to pull the closed canopy down to the handle.
The e-Motion is the only umbrella that closes the canopy and brings it down to the handle – all with just one hand.
Shedrain introduces the newest innovation in the umbrella industry with the fully automatic e-Motion™. Twenty-five years since the Auto-Open/Auto-Close concept first made umbrellas easier to handle, the e-Motion™ adds the final touch to simplify the action and make the motion complete. This new motorized umbrella is the first to not only close the canopy, but also slide it all the way down to the handle- in one motion with the push of a button. The battery-powered umbrella can be recharged with a connector included in the handle of the umbrella with one charge lasting a full 150 openings and closings! This rainy weather must-have is available in a stick or compact version. Watch it in action: http://vimeo.com/213757181
NEW! SNACK BARS TAKE THE TAHINI CRAZE TO HEALTHY, DELICIOUS NEW HEIGHTS
Absolutely Gluten Free Introduces TahiniBAR, the Energy Bar Made From Sesame Seeds
Available in Three Exciting Varieties: Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla
Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.
TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends:
- Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
- The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
- The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
- Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.
Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.
Health Benefits – Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.
TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium. Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.
Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten-free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide: www.absolutelygf.com.
“Ball & Chain” nightclub and bar owner, Zack Bush ‘s “MADE FOR ME” children’s picture book was written for dads and is a tribute to the immediate bond between father and child.
JUST IN TIME FOR FATHER’S DAY! THE VIRAL HIT CHILDREN’S BOOK
“MADE FOR ME”
This new picture book celebrates the special bond between fathers and their children. Zack Bush, Miami nightclub business owner, has written Made for Me, a children’s book that recently hit #1 on Amazon’s Children’s Picture Books category, about the devotion and love only a father could know. Bush, the man behind world famous Ball & Chain, is father to three-year-old son Ace and baby daughter Ava – the inspirations behind his new life chapter as an author.
Made for Me highlights the tender moments between father and child. Through thoughtful rhyme and touching illustrations, Made for Me shows that with every step or new word, the love between a father and his baby is forever. When a father holds his child for the first time, something magical happens. In that moment a bond is formed, and even the toughest of men become wrapped around those tiny fingers.
“Of all the children that ever could be, you are the one made just for me.”
Title: Made for Me | Author: Zack Bush | Illustrator: Gregorio De Lauretis | Publisher: Familius Publication: March 1, 2018 | Price: $16.99 | ISBN: 9781945547690
32 pages, Hardback with embossing on dust jacket
Music festival season is upon us, and there are a few essentials everyone should bring with them: water, good vibes, and a funky fedora.
Tenth Street Hats make the most fashionable, high-quality hats, perfect for street and music festivals. From fedoras to wide-brimmed, our men’s and women’s hats are perfect for staying cool during any music festival. Most of their hats are UPF50+, have a waterproof barrier, and are supported by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Some favorite music festival hats include:
PHUKET – the hand-woven wide brim keeps the sun off your face, while the bright pom trim and herringbone sweatband keeps you looking vibrant.
AMIENS – the floppy, wide-brimmed hat with a round crown hat and vibrantly painted wool is crushable and portable, perfect for bouncing around the festival.
NAMASTE – this one was made for stuntin’ in the sun: There’s a braided leather tail, leather binding and a peacock feather.
Most of us know Salvador Dalí for his eccentric life and art, including the infamous melting clock and phrases like, “I don’t do drugs, I am drugs.” But ever think you’d have the chance to own or gift a Dalí? Here it is…
David Beaulieu, creator of the new Salvador Dalí action figure, has created the first and only collectible action figure to be endorsed by The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. For less than $29, you can own or gift a Dalí! With over $25,000 in pre-orders and support via Kickstarter, this collectible includes:
– Dalí’s signature melting clock
– 3 removable and customizable mustaches
– 5 mini masterpieces to be displayed on a mini-easel
– 10 interesting facts about Dali
Salvador Dalí is the 7th artist to enter the Art History Heroes Collection. Others in the Art History Collection include Leonardo da Vinci, Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh. Whether gifting it to yourself, or looking to win the “most thoughtful gift giver” title, the Salvador Dalí action figure makes the perfect present to celebrate art, eccentricity, and thinking out-of-the-box.
Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade
From Carlisle, PA native Kim van Alkemade, author of the New York Times bestseller, Orphan #8, comes a new and exceptional work of near-history fiction—BACHELOR GIRL, a gripping story about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love set in 1920s New York City. BACHELOR GIRL offers a compelling answer to the real life mystery surrounding Helen Winthrop Weyant’s inheritance from legendary New York Yankees owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert.
The author stumbled upon the story of Helen’s inheritance and her relationships with Ruppert and Albert, his personal secretary. The situation of these three characters immediately suggested a fascinating tangle of relationships which inspired her to write BACHELOR GIRL. The novel foregrounds the stories of working women, gay men, and people of color against the well-known backdrops of World War I. Kim van Alkemade’s historical narrative elucidates the true meaning of family, identity, and love in all its forms.
Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical novels Orphan #8 and Bachelor Girl. Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. She is a Professor in the English Department at Shippensburg University and lives in Carlisle, PA.
1571 Fahrenheit Beer Caramelizer
The brand new camping must have is…the 1571 Fahrenheit Beer Caramelizer!
Become a campfire brew-master by utilizing this drink-worthy tool!
You become the campfire brew-master with the 1571 Fahrenheit [1571F] Beer Caramelizer. A flash of heat from the caramelizer reacts with the sugars in the beverage, creating a richer and smoother taste. Don’t be afraid to “ex-beer-iment!” The caramelizer will transform your campfires and adult beverages into a brand new “ex-beer-ience.”