A few weeks ago, we offered readers some great picks for holiday gifts. And we know that some of you took our advice, but others...well, you've waited, haven't you? Don't worry, we're not here to judge. (Much.) No, we're here to help with ten great gifts -- one for each day remaining until Christmas.
As before, we haven't included many "obvious" items here -- no Armor All gift sets or designer floor mats. Instead, we've focused on the stuff that fits the general gearhead profile, with a couple of bonus items thrown in for other friends, family members, and co-workers (the ones you like, anyway). It's not an exhaustive list, so if you know of something other readers might enjoy, be sure to drop us a line or leave a note in the comments below.
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Michelin Smart Jumper CablesEnlarge Photo
Gerber Crucial ToolEnlarge Photo
Kiwi Fuel-Saving DeviceEnlarge Photo
Bauforum24 Heavy Equipment CalendarEnlarge Photo
For the True Gearhead
♦ We'd never advise giving jumper cables as someone's only holiday gift (we learned that lesson the hard way), but Michelin's Smart Cables make a perfect stocking-stuffer or a last-minute Hanukkah present. Unlike regular jumper cables, there's no need to worry about connecting red to red or black to black with Smart Cables: just snap 'em on, and the cables adjust polarity automatically. Not that we think your friends and loved ones can't figure such things out, but if they're anything like our friends and loved ones.... [$20 from BuySmartCables]
♦ For the toolhead on your list, you could go the standard Leatherman route -- and some of you surely will -- but you should also take a long, lingering look at the Gerber Crucial Tool. With many of the same features as the Leatherman, it's a hot piece of hand-gadgetry. And the bottle-opener is just plain awesome. [about $33 from Amazon]
♦ Did you draw the name of the family hypermiler or tree-hugger? If so, consider picking up a Kiwi Fuel-Saving Device, which plugs into a car's (or truck's) on-board diagnostic port and offers real-time info about fuel usage, plus suggestions on how to drive smarter and greener. It's small and easy to install -- and it's a nice looking gizmo to boot. [$284 from Amazon]
♦ Speaking of nice-looking: for the serious equipment enthusiast, there's nothing to match Bauforum24's 2010 Heavy Equipment Calendar. It's been likened to sexy smut for Tonka-types, and given its glossy, beautiful shots of construction equipment caught in flagrante, we can't argue. One caveat, though: this thing comes from Europe, so order now, y'all. [€30 or about $44 from Heavy-Equipment-Calendar]