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What You Want (and Why)

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[image-1]Because you remember pedaling around your patio in one of these once upon a time and now you want a special child to experience the same thrill. Because sentimental spending can always be justified. $275 at World of Mirth, 3005 W. Cary St., 353-8991
[image-2]Because scooters, both retro and retail, are so very much fun to ride. Both motorized and Italian and low-tech and American (though they originated in Italy, of course), scooters are the transportation du jour. Be sure to wear a helmet! Foot-powered: Starting as low at $25 for a knockoff (shown here is the Joyful available at Toys That Teach), up to $100 or more for the venerable Razor (Sharper Image catalog and some stores) Motorized: MotoEuropa, 1200 N. Boulevard, 355-0550
[image-3]Because the kids, age 8 and up, in your life will see you in a new, awesome light when they unwrap this Gundham model or any of the other assortment available. No glue or Mensa membership required to assemble — it just snaps together. $15 and up (this one is $20.95) at Dave's Comics, Village Shopping Center, 282-1211
[image-4]Because your soul will need a lift when the days are short and the mercury is minimal. Because there's nothing quite like the sound of music when the Richmond Boys Choir and Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra team up to benefit Noah's Children at the Carpenter Center, 7 p.m. Jan. 21. $5 per ticket in advance, $10 at the door, 788-1212
[image-5]Because someone out there thinks you hung the moon and is willing to reward you handsomely. Because a hand-carved cameo perfume bottle of citrin, gold and rubelith, crafted in Germany by a family of artisans, might just do the trick. $1,200 at Jack Kreuter Jewelers, River Road Shopping Center, 288-3900 (he also sells fabulous $30 earrings
[image-6]Because you like to stay on the crest of the cool wave and, take it from us, kayaks are cool. Because there's a kayak for your every mood — daring whitewater to peaceful backwater — and kids love it as much as grown-ups. Oceans, lakes, rivers, swamps and creeks beckon ... get going. $350 and up at Appomattox River Co., 14211 Midlothian Turnpike, 897-1556
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