Last-Minute Loot: Ten Days, Ten Gifts From HighGearMedia

December 15, 2009

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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Gerber Crucial Tool

Gerber Crucial Tool

Kiwi Fuel-Saving Device

Kiwi Fuel-Saving Device

Bauforum24 Heavy Equipment Calendar

Bauforum24 Heavy Equipment Calendar

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]

iPhone icon pillows [via Etsy user iconpillows]

iPhone icon pillows [via Etsy user iconpillows]

VOID Gold V02 Retrograde watch

VOID Gold V02 Retrograde watch

Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley

Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley

For the Culture Vulture

♦  If you're shopping for a tech-savvy stylista, look no further than Etsy, where one industrious maker has designed some awesome hand-crafted throw pillows in the shape of iPhone icons. They're probably too bright and colorful for any Lord and Lady Snootingtons on your list -- but then, those people are probably Nokia devotees, anyway. [$15 at Etsy]

♦  There's been a lot of talk about the decline and fall of the noble wristwatch. Apparently, kids these days prefer to use their cell phones to tell time, but we think that's just because they haven't found the right timepiece -- for example, the Void Gold V02 Retrograde watch. Seriously: look at that thing. Whether or not you can actually use it to tell time (the jury's still out), that is what beauty looks like. Yowza. [$199 at Watchismo]

♦  Bridging the gap between coffee table decor and serious tome is Stephen Bayley's magnificent Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything. Snuggled in a swanky slipcover, Bayley's book features 86 of the best-looking cars in automotive history in sleek, glossy, luxurious detail. FYI, it's out of stock until Saturday, but Amazon offers one- and two-day shipping.  [$38 at Amazon]

Adopt a Highway

Adopt a Highway

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

Vespas

Vespas

For the Man (or Woman) Who Has Everything

♦  Know someone who loves presents but hates clutter? Or maybe you're looking for a corporate gift? Consider the Adopt-A-Highway program. In states where it's available, it offers the recipient loads of public recognition and provides a great public service. Best of all: it doesn't require dusting. [Prices vary, contact Adopt-A-Highway]

♦  If you're searching for something more humanitarian than highways but with a similarly automotive edge, why not make a donation in your friend/loved one's name to Meals on Wheels? You and the recipient get the benefit of knowing that you're providing meals for the elderly and disabled, and you can set the amount of your gift to fit your budget. (On the "Donate Now" page, scroll down to the "Tribute Information" section.) Sounds like you just polished off half your shopping list. [Prices to fit any budget at MealsOnWheels]

♦  Nearly everyone would love to learn a foreign language, but few of us bother to spend money for such things -- at least not for ourselves. And although programs like Rosetta Stone are great, they can get pricey. We suggest giving a gift subscription to one of the "Pod 101" schools, which offer online instruction in French, Spanish, German, and more. Our fave lesson so far? The one at ItalianPod101 that teaches you how to rent a car -- in Italy. [from $60 at Italianpod101, FrenchPod101, SpanishPod101...you get the idea]

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 Credit where credit is due: these suggestions come from a variety of sources. Some are things we already have, others were provided by friends and colleagues, and still others were offered on daily reads like BoingBoing, Core77, TechCrunch, etc. Just so's ya know.

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