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Black Friday? Feh! HighGearMedia's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

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Time, as they say, has flown.

It seems like just yesterday we were nursing New Year's hangovers and saying things like "GM declare bankruptcy? Never!", and today, we find ourselves in late November, weary and bleary and kind of amazed that so much has happened so fast. We're moving deep into holiday territory now, which for blogs like this means two things: (1) a bunch of year-end wrap-ups, and (2) holiday shopping guides. We're still working on those first items (believe us, they're coming), but since we're just a week away from Americans call "Black Friday", now's  as good a time as any to start dispensing the gift-giving guidance.

Just to be clear: we haven't included a lot of "obvious stuff" on our list. As devoted tinkerers and fixers, we're sure you know exactly where to pick up the best ratchet set or the niftiest seat cover. Most of the items below are things that gearheads and their friends are prone to enjoy, but would never think to buy for themselves. If you believe we've missed something really big -- and we've probably missed several thousand -- be sure to drop us a line or leave a note in the comments below.

Personal Accessories

Michelin HydroEdge Boots

Michelin HydroEdge Boots

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Clothing is always a tricky thing to give. Everyone has a personal style, and what looks like a million bucks to you might look like government cheese to them. However, there are a few notable exceptions to this rule -- including two new pairs of work boots from Michelin. Like the tires for which the company is famous, the Michelin Pilot Exalto ($129) and Michelin HydroEdge ($111) are both designed for top-level traction. They're lightweight, durable, and best of all, readers of TheCarConnection.com get either pair for only $79. Just click here to see which boots are right for you (or, you know, someone else), and enter the code "CARXHY" at checkout. Hey, don't say we never gave you anything.

Tiffany 1837 valet key ring

Tiffany 1837 valet key ring

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Key rings are the go-to gift for gearheads of all stripes. There are plenty of places to find 'em, but if Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard taught us anything -- and they taught us plenty -- it's that everyone loves a gift swaddled in Tiffany's signature blue box. We suggest the company's valet key ring in stainless steel with sterling silver accents ($160). Your friend/family member/loved one may not valet now, but this will certainly give him or her an excuse to indulge now and then.


Lamborghini Diablo gloves

Lamborghini Diablo gloves

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We mentioned Lamborghini's  scented candles and holiday ornaments a couple of months ago, but just between us, the company's Diablo leather gloves seem like a much better gift. There's a curious pricing disparity between men's ($136) and women's ($91) styles, so you might want to scribble this down next to the name of your favorite gearhead gal.

 
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