We know what you're thinking: "Another holiday gift guide?" But hear us out, because this one's a little different.
For starters the following 12 goodies are geared toward commuters, tinkerers, and other car fans. Whether they're shade-tree mechanics or shuttle-service soccer moms, there's something on this list for nearly anyone who spends time behind the wheel.
Furthermore, we've done our best to find gifts that appeal to a range of personalities and price points. From high-end cufflinks to completely free smartphone apps, we've got you covered.
And most importantly, all of these gifts are available online. You don't even need to think about setting foot in a mall -- unless of course you have a thing for Orange Julius. (In which case, could you bring back an original Orange Julius with protein powder? We're trying to make up for some Thanksgiving gluttony.)
Still, we're sure we've missed more than a few good gift ideas. If you've got one (or more) that you'd like to share, feel free to drop a note in the comments below. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
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SiriusXM Edge with vehicle kit: $139
If there's a commuter on your shopping list, the new Edge radio from SiriusXM could be a perfect gift. It's the first device to make use of SiriusXM's 2.0 technology, which offers an expanded set of stations, plus the ability to pause, rewind, and replay music, news, and anything else on its airwaves. Act before December 31, and you can throw in a three-month subscription for as little as $38.85.
Joby GorillaTorch flashlight: $29.95 - $59.95
We fell in love with Joby's clever camera tripods years ago: their flexible arms grip a range of surfaces, allowing shutterbugs to wrap cameras around trees, lightpoles, handrails, or just balance them on uneven surfaces. More recently, Joby applied the concept to a line of flashlights, which are perfect for the weekend mechanic in need of a little extra light. And since they're equipped with LEDs, that light will be strong for a long time to come.
Paloma Picasso "Caliper" cuff links: $375
Holiday season means parties, and the dress code at those parties is often on the formal side. So, to dress up those tuxedos and French-cuff shirts, Pablo Picasso's youngest daughter, Paloma, created a nifty set of cuff links that reference her love of classic cars and auto racing. They're made of stainless steel and midnight titanium, so they're as strong as some of the calipers on the market today -- and as an added bonus, these come in Tiffany's trademark blue box. (Not a cuff link fan? There's a ring, too.)
Le Mans on DVD: from $11.99
Some of your younger relatives might think that Hollywood's fascination with fast cars began with the Fast & Furious franchise. Why not school 'em with this classic Steve McQueen flick, which turned forty this year?