Every year, I promise myself I won’t wait until the last minute to start my holiday shopping. And what do you know, the night before my friends’ gift exchange party I’m frantically driving around town finding presents that may be practical, but not as carefully thought out as I had hoped. There are two kinds of gift givers in this world: the procrastinator and the planner. I am clearly the former. Don’t you wish some magical, concise list of gifts existed that helped start your search? Well, today is your lucky day.
Part of picking out better presents for people is being aware of what kind of person you are buying for. We’ve written a gift guide with a list of some cool things to give to a family/friend/co-worker this holiday season:
For the long-weekender
Brookstone Heat Pipe Fridge – $223.99
It’s perfect for trucks, RV trailers or boats. The compact flush-back design fridge cools up to 54 degrees below surrounding temperature and runs on 12 V DC or 110 VC.
Keeper Waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag – $49.99
This waterproof rooftop cargo bag has 15 cubic feet of space and folds up for easy storage. Its unique waterproof design protects against grit, sun, wind and rain. The cargo bag has soft sides to fit any odd-shaped loads.
For the commuter
Wagan Heated Car Seat – $18.00
This seat pugs into a 12V cigarette lighter socket and warms up immediately. The straps hold the cushion in place and the faux-leather finish is comfortable and easy to clean. Great for long, chilly commutes.
Pratt and Hart Traditional gloves – $17.00
Pratt and Hart is committed to quality and all of their products offer exceptional value. These stylish, best-selling gloves are unlined and made with fine-grained leather. They are the perfect gift for drivers in the wintertime.
Kolumbo Travel Umbrella – $19.99
This umbrella is windproof tested for 55 MPH gusts. It is compact and ultra-slim to fit into backpacks, purses or smaller bags.
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For the workaholic
AutoExec Vehicle Desk – starting at $159.00
AutoExec has designed several different desks for the people who need to work on the go. The entire top surface is covered with rubber non-skid material and the grip area on the top is about 16” LX 15” W. Most have a pullout-writing surface and the desks are made to not slide much when vehicles are in motion.
Joy Mangano’s My Little Steamer - $30.00
This is a great gift for anyone who wants to touch up their clothes with little hassle. It is easy to use and can be stored just about anywhere, like an office.
For the pet-owner
TaoTronics Pet Car Seat Cover – $23.79
This slip-proof dog seat cover has a weighted, four-layered design. It’s water-resistant and scratch proof to protect your seats from wear and tear. It is incredibly versatile and can fit into almost all types of cars.
Gift a BarkBox subscription – starts at $35.00
BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and toys for dogs. Boxes can match any dog’s unique needs (i.e. allergies). If you’re not happy with your box, you can send it back for something that your dog will enjoy!
Instacrate Collapsible Storage Bin – $7.99 from Costco
This 12-gallon storage bin is easy to clean and store. The strong side grip handles make heavy lifting easy and the sturdy bottom can handle heavy-duty objects. It is a space-saving solution that combines packing, transport and storage.
Backseat car organizer – $7.99
There are hundreds of different types of backseat organizers to suit your needs. There are pockets for snacks, electronics like iPads, books and kids craft supplies. They can be fitted to all types of car seats and are a must for long drives with kiddos.
For the gadget people
GoPro HERO5 Black – $399.99
The new GoPro has 4K video/12MP photo, raw WDR photo, exposure control, touch display, voice control, location capture and advanced wind/noise reduction. It is the perfect gift for snowboarders, surfers, travelers and many more. If you’re on a tighter budget consider buying GoPro accessories like a suction cup mount.
Whether you are a procrastinator or planner during the holiday season, always consider the characteristics of the person you’re giving gifts to. That one thoughtful-ish gift can go a long way! These are just a few ideas to get you started.