All I Want For Christmas

From car racing to balloon rides, such gifts are getting popular

Shannon Sullivan was tired of getting her dad a tie. So last year, as Father's Day approached, she logged on to www.monsterracing.com and bought her father--a UPS truck driver who's an avid auto-racing fan--a day as a NASCAR driver ($299-$1,600). Richard Sullivan had the chance to learn the basics of stock-car driving and go out for a 10-lap spin at speeds as high as 120 miles an hour at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Del. "It was the experience of a lifetime," he says. "It's the kind of thing you never forget."

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