Magazine article USA TODAY

Around the Horn. (What's New? Holiday Gifts Galore)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Around the Horn. (What's New? Holiday Gifts Galore)

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As the old Nat King Cole song extols, Christmas is for kids "one to 92." So when the big day finally does arrive, there's no telling what will be under the tree, except that the plethora of wrapped items will be wide-ranging, seeing as how Santa must come up with something for everyone. With this in mind, here's a potpourri of presents that just might fit the bill for someone special on your list:

Target Stores, the retail chain that has the uncanny knack of signing exclusivity contracts with top-name manufacturers, is at it again with a 12-inch boy's bike from Schwinn ($69.99), replete with a cool silver-and-red paint job, training wheels, chain guard, handlebar streamers, and clanging bell. For indoor fun, Target has snagged the Memorex Sphere TV Video Ball ($119.99), a futuristic-looking fire-engine red 13" color television set and remote. Ideal for bedroom viewing of favorite programs (and channel surfing), it also serves as a perfect playbase for such attachments as GameCube or other interactive TV games.

The We Did It! Dancing Dora doll ($29.99, Fisher-Price, East Aurora, N.Y.), like the children's Dora the Explorer character on TV, is bilingual, speaking in Spanish and English as well as dancing to and singing her trademark song, "We Did It!"

For the golfer in your life who has everything, try the Ahead Gift Box ($75) from Ahead, New Bedford, Mass. He or she will receive a stylish golf shirt, cap, ball marker, engraved divot-repair tool, bag tag, keyholder, and gift box. All items can be personalized with the name of the recipient. It is available by calling 1-800-282-2246.

A whimsical touch is available through the California Clock Company, Fountain Valley, Calif., and its his and her Kit-Cat Classic watches ($39.99 each). Like the company's more-well-known wall-hanging timepieces, these quartz-movement watches (with stitched leather bands) will provide smiles galore--and the correct time.

For the game-players on your list, there is Pop-Up Pirate ($9.99) from Tomy Corporation, Newport Beach, Calif., and Gobblet ($29.95) from Blue Orange Games, San Francisco, Calif. Pop-Up Pirate, which has sold in excess of 10,000,000 copies worldwide over the last 25 years, is available in the U.S. for the first time. The game centers around a miniature pirate who hides in a plastic barrel until he's "stuck" by a sword and jumps out. Gobblet is a more complicated-version of tic-tac-toe (you need four in a row). …

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