Holiday gifts for grandparents and elderly parents
Hugs and homemade cards are great, but grandma, grandpa and good old mom and dad deserve a little something extra this holiday season.
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It started with family trees and historical records. Now Ancestry.com can help loved ones uncover their ethnic mix, close or distant relatives and new details about family history, all with a simple saliva sample. Once the website receives the sample, it will be compared with others in the world's largest consumer genomics database to identify the people who share that DNA and the ancestor they likely share. $99; More information: http://dna.ancestry.com/
Fair Isle throws(Credit: target.com)
Fair Isle throws by Threshold; $29.99 each at select Target stores and target.com. More information: http://bit.ly/1MOWKNe
'Keep Moving, and Other Tips and Truths About Aging'(Credit: Weinstein Books)
Eternally boyish, actor Dick Van Dyke is still soft-shoeing through life as he approaches his 90th birthday on Dec. 13. His new book, "Keep Moving, and Other Tips and Truths About Aging," offers late-life insights from the star of "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show;" $25.99
Fringe Georgia Santa Mug(Credit: Lord and Taylor)
Cheerful holiday mugs will surely bring a smile; $16.95 at select Lord and Taylor stores. More information: http://bit.ly/1GdiZzz
Beautiful Day Reusable Shopping Tote(Credit: Kate Spade)
No one can ever have too many sturdy, reusable totes! The Beautiful Day Reusable Shopping Tote from Kate Spade New York rolls up and ties for storage, and is a very generous 15.5- by 15.5 inches. $16; More information: http://bit.ly/1LE9b1U; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1PABPmc
Mount Taygetos herbs(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Noting that there was a distinct lack of Greek comestibles on the North Fork, Joanne Cosonas and Tony Medina opened Agora: The Little Greek Market in Mattituck in June. The bright shop stocks all the basics, including dried herbs from Mount Taygetos, the highest mountain in the Peloponnese. The 8-ounce jars of oregano and basil ($3.49) and mint ($4.49) are available at Agora (610B Pike St., Mattituck). More information: 631-315-5070
A Taste of the North Fork vinegar and olive oil(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
A Taste of the North Fork specializes in elegant provisions made with local produce. Dress up any salad with TONF's organic rosemary-infused olive oil (8.4 ounces, $18) and sweet-fennel wine vinegar (8.4 ounces, $13). Available at A Taste of the North Fork (53975 Main Rd., Southold) or online at atasteofthenorthfork.com. More information: 631-734-6100; Rosemary-infused olive oil: http://bit.ly/1jQwfja; Sweet-fennel wine vinegar: http://bit.ly/1GkMejD
Stackable tins(Credit: Ikea)
Storage can be a challenge, and attractive storage is almost unheard of. Help solve that problem with a set of painted steel Vinter 2015 tins with lids. These stackable tins are suitable for storing cakes, cookies or other dry foods. They can also be stored one inside the other in the unlikely case they're not in constant use. $6.99 for a set of three at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville. More information: http://bit.ly/1khfn5x
This Cup Provides Water mug(Credit: Toms)
Purchase of Tom's 12-ounce mug ensures one week of safe drinking water to a person in need; $24, available in November at toms.com.