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Time really flies, huh? It seems like just yesterday we were complaining about the recession and lazy politicians and now...well, nevermind. The point is, we've reached another holiday season, and thus, another holiday gift list.
To help you with your year-end gift-giving, we've divided our list into three categories, based on the personality of the recipient: there are gifts for tech fans, gifts for creative types, and gifts for people who have everything (also known as the "we have no idea what they'll like" set). We assume you already have a pretty good idea of what your close friends and family are jonesing for, so our hope is that the following items can help with co-workers and acquaintances whose tastes you don't know so well.
As usual, we haven't included a lot of "obvious" stuff for gearheads. We're sure you know exactly where to pick up the best retractable jumper cables or plush shammy. The gifts below are things that most folks will enjoy, but would never think to buy for themselves -- which makes them perfect holiday treats in our book. If you think we've missed something really big -- and we know we've missed several thousand -- drop us a line or leave a note in the comments.
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GIFTS FOR TECH FANS
Case-Mate Vroom Case for Apple iPhone 4
Plantronics Voyager PRO+ Bluetooth HeadsetPlantronics Voyager PRO+ Bluetooth Headset
Maybe it's a question of convenience, or maybe you need a hands-free option to stay legal when you're chattering on your mobile phone behind the wheel. Either way, you know you need a Bluetooth headset, and your friends and family do, too. Plantronics' line of Bluetooth headsets are widely revered for their design, comfort, and ease of use. The Voyager PRO+ model may be a little bulky for folks with eyeglasses, but we love the hook that helps keep it in place -- it just feels more sturdy than some of the other jawbone devices we've tried. True, it may not be as sleek and stylish as many of those, but at least its online store doesn't keep crashing, either. (Lookin' at you, Earloomz.)
Plantronics Voyager PRO+ Bluetooth Headset
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Mercedes-Benz Apple iPad integrationiPad brackets for the backseat
Say what you like about the iPad (go ahead, we'll wait), but you have to admit that it's chock-full of entertainment possibilities for kids and other backseat passengers. If you have a BMW or Mercedes-Benz owner on your shopping list, call your local dealer: you might be able to score a set of customized iPad brackets for the backs of their front headrests. For all other models, try ProClip, which offers a range of holders for other parts of the car -- and for the home, too.
Mercedes-Benz Apple iPad integration