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Technology Affordable gifts for the gearhead in your life

15:45  08 november  2019
15:45  08 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Like a masked assailant, the holiday season is just around life's proverbial corner, lying in wait to pick your pockets. But you needn't part with fistfuls of hard-earned cash so readily; you can give cool gifts to the important people and tolerated acquaintances in your life without filing for bankruptcy.

a bunch of items that are on a table: Find the perfect gift for the car-nut(s) in your life without breaking the bank. Hotor/Nintendo/Patent Earth/Lego© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Find the perfect gift for the car-nut(s) in your life without breaking the bank. Hotor/Nintendo/Patent Earth/Lego

Car nuts can be notoriously difficult to buy for. They're often super passionate about the automotive hobby, which can mean two things: One, they already have nearly everything they need, and two, what they don't currently possess can be absolute budget busters. Are you going to take out a home-equity loan to purchase, say, a supercharger kit for your buddy's fifth-generation Camaro SS? Didn't think so…

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The good news is, you don't have to spend a fortune to give a great gift to your favorite gearhead. The Roadshow staff has compiled a list of solid options, each priced at less than $100. Some are even far more affordable that, so you don't even have to part with an entire C-note in order to show your love.

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Ergodyne Arsenal 5780 Tool Roll-Up Pouch

For the home mechanic

a close up of items on a tabletop© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.Ergodyne/Craig Cole

Every car should have a basic set of tools, and while I've used various means of carrying and securing tools in my various cars, after I got one of these roll-up pouches I immediately ordered more. It's just the right size to carry the basic complement of wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers and other odds and ends and, in about two seconds flat, it goes from tightly bound to open and accessible. Since it's made of canvas it has a more premium feel than the various vinyl ones out there, and won't clunk around so loudly in your trunk. It's easy to bungee down or just wedge in around your space-saver spare and frankly I'll never buy another small tool box again. Since it's barely over $30, it's cheap enough that you can afford to fill it with the necessities before presenting it to someone you love.

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Lego Volkswagen Beetle

BUY FROM LEGO FOR $99.99

Not all of us have the time, money or skill to keep a project car in the garage. Heck, not all of us even have a garage. And while this Volkswagen Lego Creator Expert series Volkswagen Beetle may not be the next best thing, it's still really cool. Just check out the detail on the air-cooled engine and the optional roof-mounted surfboard and cooler!

At its $99.99 retail price point, this set just sneaks in under our gift guide price cap. Designed for ages 16 and above, and with nearly 1,200 pieces, this VW's assembly should make for a solid few nights of enjoyment. At 11 inches long, the finished product will look great anywhere, even as a whimsical office desk accessory for a high-powered executive.

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Check out our gearhead gifts selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our shops. Did you scroll all this way to get facts about gearhead gifts ? Well you're in luck, because here they come. There are 648 gearhead gifts for sale on Etsy, and they cost .29 on average.

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a piece of luggage sitting on top of a suitcase: These automotive-themed wallets not only keep your cash and cards secure, they look great doing it. WalletWerks© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. These automotive-themed wallets not only keep your cash and cards secure, they look great doing it. WalletWerks

Car seat fabric wallet

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The automotive industry has many iconic bits of styling, some of which are found inside the car. Think of the Volkswagen GTI 's plaid seats, for instance. WalletWerks takes some of those fabrics and turns them into, as its name suggest, wallets, that are super high quality. The company also offers keychains and socks, too.

-- Steven Ewing

a black camera on a table: Seriously, why don't you have a dashcam yet? They're cheap insurance that could save you thousands. Apeman© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Seriously, why don't you have a dashcam yet? They're cheap insurance that could save you thousands. Apeman

Dashboard camera

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $99

A dashcam is, ironically, the sort of gift you never hope someone will need but, when things on the road go awry, they'll be so glad to have. The compact camera keeps a recording of the road ahead and, in the event of a fender bender or other incident, could provide the proof needed to save them from an expensive insurance repair or traffic ticket. You can get a good dashcam for as little as $50, but more expensive units may also include a second camera to watch their six for rear end collisions or GPS to capture speed and location data. As a nice benefit, enthusiasts could also use the high-resolution camera footage to record laps around the track.

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There are times in life when it's not so easy being a gearhead . Like, most of the time. But there are ways you can make it easier. Electric tools have come a long way in the last couple of decades, but there's still no replacement for the displacement of compressed air when it comes to many jobs.

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With one of these, you'll never again get stranded because of a dead battery. DB Power© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. With one of these, you'll never again get stranded because of a dead battery. DB Power

Portable battery charger

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $72.99

More than once I've left my lights on taking a roadside nap and woke up to a dead battery. A small jump-starter doesn't take up a lot of room and gets you back up and moving quickly, no waiting for AAA required. As a bonus, you can be a good samaritan to folks you meet along the way with just the push of a button. One caveat: Be sure the jump-starter you purchase has enough juice for your engine size. Larger engines require a bigger bump. This one here can jump up to a 6.5-liter gas engine or a 5.2-liter diesel.

-- Emme Hall

a close up of a newspaper: This coffee-table book is for more than just Volkswagen enthusiasts. It's seriously interesting. Merrell/Craig Cole© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This coffee-table book is for more than just Volkswagen enthusiasts. It's seriously interesting. Merrell/Craig Cole

Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

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Everyone has a favorite Volkswagen ad. The brand's print campaigns in the 1960s and '70s produced some of the most iconic ad imagery of all time and helped propel the original Beetle to become the massive success that it was. This wonderful, 364-page coffee-table book chronicles those ads, featuring over 450 reproductions. The book doesn't just cover the Beetle -- there are ads for the Microbus and the Type 3 -- and it gets into TV commercials and billboards, too. It's a must-have for, really, anyone that enjoys Volkswagens, advertising, graphic design or just good humor.

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a close up of a tool: With one of these portable shovels on hand, you can dig yourself out of some seriously treacherous situations out on the trail. Krazy Beaver/Craig Cole© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. With one of these portable shovels on hand, you can dig yourself out of some seriously treacherous situations out on the trail. Krazy Beaver/Craig Cole

Krazy Beaver shovel

BUY FROM KRAZY BEAVER FOR $89.99

Having a shovel when you're off-roading is important. It lets you dig yourself out of otherwise tricky situations, but sometimes a regular ol' shovel won't quite do the trick because there are roots or other bits of debris in your way. That's where the Krazy Beaver shovel comes in. Thanks to its aggressive tines, it can chew through whatever is keeping your truck stuck. I have one and it's come in handy on more than one occasion.

-- Kyle Hyatt

a person with collar shirt: Show your support for three-pedal driving, grab one of these t-shirts today! The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Show your support for three-pedal driving, grab one of these t-shirts today! The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society

The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society t-shirt

BUY ON THE CURB SHOP FOR $29.99

Everyone likes t-shirts, and why not let the enthusiast in your life show that they care about the dying breed that is the manual gearbox? The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society clothing comes from Curb, founded by two car designers. You like cars, your recipient likes cars and Curb likes cars. Everyone wins.

-- Sean Szymkowski

a close up of a piece of paper: Patent Earth offers a huge range of automotive-themed items, including cool posters of your favorite engines. Patent Earth/Craig Cole© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Patent Earth offers a huge range of automotive-themed items, including cool posters of your favorite engines. Patent Earth/Craig Cole

Cool kit from Patent Earth

BUY ON PLANET EARTH FROM $39.99

Patent Earth is an outfit that specializes in selling a variety of goods decorated with famous patent drawings. The company offers a diversity of items from posters, t-shirts and mugs, to canvas prints. Its product range highlights some of the greatest creations from famous inventors like Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Henry Ford , Nikola Tesla and more. The company also offers items from a wide range of different industries, from technology and sports to video games , military hardware and food, to name but a handful. Cars are well represented, too. A lovely 16-by-20-inch canvas print of a Chrysler Hemi V8 patent illustration goes for $89.95. An even larger, 24-by-36-inch unframed paper poster of this same powerplant can be had for just $39.95. A range of other engines, transmissions and automotive components is on the menu as well.

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-- Craig Cole

a close up of a logo: This book tells the true story of the titanic struggle between Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s. A.J. Baime© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This book tells the true story of the titanic struggle between Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s. A.J. Baime

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

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-- Tim Stevens

a piece of luggage: Keep flat tires at bay with this portable air compressor. EPAuto© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Keep flat tires at bay with this portable air compressor. EPAuto

EPAuto 12-volt air compressor

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $32.87

I purchased this little guy earlier this year as a way to avoid having to go to the gas station to keep my cars' tires filled, and it's been incredibly helpful to have around. Compact and easy to use (I didn't even bother reading any instructions!), it runs on your vehicle's 12-volt plug, so you don't even need a wall outlet handy. Small and light enough to keep in your trunk, this EPAuto portable air compressor features an auto shutoff to prevent overfilling, and it even comes with a needle accessory for pumping up basketballs and other sports accessories. Plus, it has a surprisingly bright built-in LED flashlight -- helpful if you're stuck by the side of the road in the dark.

One caveat: This EPAuto unit isn't intended to inflate commercial truck tires, it's designed for passenger cars. At under $35, though, it's hard to complain.

-- Chris Paukert

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a person with collar shirt: Blipshift offers all kinds of cool merchandise, but if you see something that tickles your fancy, you'd better act FAST. Items are only available for a limited time. Blipshift© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Blipshift offers all kinds of cool merchandise, but if you see something that tickles your fancy, you'd better act FAST. Items are only available for a limited time. Blipshift

Blipshift t-shirt

BUY ON BLIPSHIFT FOR $20

No company does car enthusiast apparel quite like Blipshift. The company's designs are often crowd-sourced, and they can be pretty funny, too. If t-shirts aren't your thing, Blipshift offers its designs on posters and sweatshirts, too. And don't forget to check Blipshift's auctions for limited-run designs.

-- Steven Ewing

OBDLink MX+ OBD2 bluetooth scanner

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $79.95

Car geeks like me often have a unique appreciation for what's happening inside their rides, and one of the easiest ways to get a peek behind the scenes is a vehicle diagnostics reader. This wireless dongle plugs into the car's onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) port to send performance, fuel economy and a wide range of esoteric measurements to a paired phone running a compatible Android or iOS app. Beyond pure curiosity, DIYers who enjoy maintaining their own car can also use OBD-II data to diagnose and fix check-engine light codes.

-- Antuan Goodwin

Keep your ride nice and clean even while on the go with this portable vacuum. Hortor© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Keep your ride nice and clean even while on the go with this portable vacuum. Hortor

Car vacuum

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $29.97

Honestly, I'm putting this car vacuum in our gift guide in the hopes that someone will buy it for me. It's got all the attachments to get into the little nooks and crannies of your car with an LED light so you won't miss anything. A 16.5-foot cord plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet so power is always on tap, and a stainless steel filter means you can wash it out and reuse.

-- Emme Hall

a close up of a toy: Who doesn't love Mario Kart? Any car enthusiast is sure to enjoy this game, even on the go since it's compatible with the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Who doesn't love Mario Kart? Any car enthusiast is sure to enjoy this game, even on the go since it's compatible with the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

BUY ON NINTENDO FOR $59.99

The latest Mario Kart game isn't actually new -- Mario Kart 8 originally launched on the Wii U, and it has been remastered and bundled together with all the DLC and some new features to become Deluxe on the Switch. Despite not really being 'new,' though, Mario Kart gains a new dimension on the Switch. The portability ensures that you can get just as frustrated at your opponents when on the go as you already do in your living room, and even in handheld mode the bright graphics are impressive. Mario Kart might not be the most, uhh, realistic racing game out there, but it's certainly the most fun

-- Daniel Golson

a close up of a bottle: Keep your ride looking like new with these products from Griot's Garage. Griot's Garage/Craig Cole© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Keep your ride looking like new with these products from Griot's Garage. Griot's Garage/Craig Cole

Griot's Garage paint clay and Speed Shine

BUY ON GRIOT'S GARAGE FOR $35.50

Paint clay is an incredible invention. It works to pull embedded crud out of your paint, changing it from a surface that feels rough and sandpapery to something as smooth as glass. It also helps cut down on the work you have to do when polishing a car. Heck, you can even use it on glass, too. Yeah, it's pretty epic, and the paint clay from Griot's Garage is one of my favorites, especially when combined with their legendary Speed Shine quick detail spray. The whole process of claying is easy and satisfying and your car probably needs it already.

-- Kyle Hyatt

a car covered in snow: A foam cannon can help make washing your car just a little bit easier by producing mountains of suds. Tool Daily© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A foam cannon can help make washing your car just a little bit easier by producing mountains of suds. Tool Daily

Foam cannon from Tool Daily

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $17.88

With just a pressure washer, it's easy to totally change the way the gearhead in your life washes their car. While numerous big-name brands sell these foam cannons for upwards of $80, this guy does just the trick for under $18. I've personally used this tool and it works wonderfully. It attaches directly to the power washer gun, and all that's needed is your favorite car-wash soap and water. From there, you can easily blast a car with foam just like at the car wash to cut the time needed to wash the car. For those that find their zen moments in cleaning their cars, this is a wonderful tool. Plus, there's no denying the foam is a lot of fun.

-- Sean Szymkowski

a close up of a light bulb: Keep an open bottle of vino fresh and tasty with this stylish, car-themed stopper. Epic Products© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Keep an open bottle of vino fresh and tasty with this stylish, car-themed stopper. Epic Products

Shift knob bottle stopper

BUY ON AMAZON FOR $12.99

It goes without saying, driving and alcohol should never be mixed. Seriously, don't do it. Still, the car enthusiast that relishes a glass or two of wine after the keys have been stashed away might enjoy one of these, a bottle stopper shaped like a gearshift knob. Offered in a variety of designs, these stylish and functional plugs will keep his or her favorite ferment fresh while looking great at the same time. The example highlighted here features a polished wooden top fitted to a chrome-plated base. Overall, it measures 3.75 inches tall.

-- Craig Cole

Gift ideas for the photographer on your list .
After months of thinking, curating, photographing, more thinking, we've come up with a holiday gift guide that covers all the bases (and budgets), from laptops and mobile devices, to toys, to the smart home, to book and media recommendations (only on nerdy subjects, of course). All told, there are more than 150 items in our guide, spanning 13 categories, with advice from 25 of our writers and editors. You know, the people testing and reviewing this stuff all year long. This section of our gift guide focuses on our top picks for camera and photography enthusiasts.The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide© Provided by Oath Inc.

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