Thule Storage Lift: $159
Summer is long gone, and for many of us, weekend outings are on hold for another several months. What to do with that rooftop storage container while you're waiting for the temps to warm up? The Thule Storage Lift gets it off the ground, making room for snow shoes, show shovels, and winter's other necessary evils. Even better, it works on a range of items, including kayaks and ladders. If you're looking for a kinder, gentler way to tell your spouse that it's time to clean up the garage, this might be it.
"25 Scooter Drawings" by Christine Berrie: from $50
People are sometimes reluctant to spend money on art. Maybe that's because they think art is an extravagance, or maybe it's because they don't feel comfortable picking out something for their walls. Jen Bekman has made both non-issues by offering great-looking, inexpensive, limited-edition prints like "25 Scooter Drawings", which comes signed by the artist and printed with archival inks. You can even order it framed, if you're feeling generous.
NFL auto accessories: from $3.99
The great thing about the winter holidays is that they dovetail perfectly with football season. Sure, it may seem like a cop-out, getting a Patriots fan an NFL-sanctioned keychain or wallet, but wouldn't you rather give 'em something they'll proudly display and use? (If not, may we suggest a nose hair trimmer?)
Pump Rebels 2012 Fuel Efficient Car Calendar: $14.99
If you've got an eco-minded gearhead on your list, the Pump Rebels calendar might be just the thing to brighten up his or her day. Riffing on the oversexed calendars from Pirelli et. al, the creators of Pump Rebels set out to prove that fuel-economy isn't for fuddy-duddies. As they say, "Despite the cliché images of daisies, leaves, and fluffy clouds—fuel efficiency is bad-ass, and long overdue for an attitude update". (Check our full review of the calendar at Green Car Reports.) For those who'd prefer some half-naked beef on their wall...well, we tried, but came up empty-handed. Perhaps you could revisit everyone's favorite Herb Ritts poster?