No wrapping required with these gifts of travel, adventure, service and home-sweet-home
Time travel to Boca Grande
For a true Old Florida experience, Lisa Crawford of Sit in My Seats VIP Tickets, Travel & Concierge Services, suggests a visit to Boca Grande. The historic village is on the island of Gasparilla, midway between Sarasota and Fort Myers. A haven for golfers as well as fishermen, the area is also known for its powder-white beaches, aquamarine waters and breezy, laid-back atmosphere. “It’s a great place for couples to relax and unwind as it is very quiet and serene,” Crawford says. “It takes you back to Old Florida charm.” If that’s not the right fit, Sit in My Seats can help with gift ideas ranging from extraordinary trips to VIP sports and entertainment tickets. 954-456-0419, www.sitinmyseats.com.
Jet Set Dining in the Keys
A romantic dinner at Latitudes restaurant on Sunset Key sounds like a lovely gift. A private champagne flight to get there just might make it heavenly. Boca Raton-based Aura Jets has partnered with Latitudes to offer round-trip, same-day flights from most Florida airports. A car and driver greets guests at Key West International Airport for the ride to the Gulf-front restaurant, located at Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort. Jet Set Dining reservations are available for parties of two to six and require 24-hour notice. The champagne flight starts at $5,000; dinner at Latitudes additional. For reservations, call 888-908-0391. www.westinsunsetkeycottages.com/latitudes-restaurant, www.aurajets.com
Red Cap driving service membership
For someone who might need a driver – a friend who enjoys club-hopping, a parent who is recovering from surgery, a business associate who wants to work while on the road – membership to Red Cap personal driving service might be a fitting and thoughtful gift. Drivers pilot the member’s car on one-way and round-trip excursions. Memberships are $49 a month or $399 a year, plus members pay $2.25/minute, $25 minimum, for one-way trips; $33/hour, 1 hour minimum, for one-way trips. 866-937-4837, www.myredcap.com
Weightless over Miami
Experiencing weightlessness is just a plane ride away. The ZERO-G Weightless Experience allows passengers to float through space aboard a specially modified Boeing 727. Beginning at an altitude of 24,000 feet, pilots perform parabolic arcs reaching 34,000 feet, which creates a weightless environment. Guests in the padded cabin float and flip for 20-30 seconds, performing their own simulated space walks. Pilots repeat this maneuver 12-15 times during the flight. Zero Gravity Corporation, which has a base in Cape Canaveral, is bringing the ZERO-G Experience to Miami on Dec. 8 and March 16, 2013. With tax, weightlessness will lighten your wallet by about $5,200 (but check website for special rates). 888-664-7284, www.gozerog.com
Hearth and home, literally
The chimney won’t be ready by this Christmas, but the attached custom home promises to welcome holiday guests in high style for many years to come. The experience of dreaming up a dream house is half the fun. Bill Bentz, owner of Fort Lauderdale-based WA Bentz Construction, has been helping South Floridians create their custom homes for 30 years. To stoke your imagination he offers this 25,000-square-foot, French provincial-style chateau in Coral Ridge, featuring a meandering, rock-lined, waterfall-fringed pool with a swim-up bar – and several fireplaces, plus an outdoor fire pit.