Holiday Gift Ideas for Coloradans and Other Driving Enthusiasts, Part One
[Please Note: This article appears in two parts. The second part will appear tomorrow.]
If you are seeking holiday gifts for people who like to drive, or if you want to give gifts to increase road safety, or if you want to find Colorado driving-related gifts, following are some items culled from various articles and elsewhere around the Web. They range from inexpensive stocking stuffers to affordable easy-to-wrap gifts to one extravagant gift perhaps for the person who has everything.
For video game lovers, and fans of video games set in Colorado
Chris Utterback mentions the following two, in his list of 10 on Denver Westword Blogs:
“Forza Horizon” (which this blog has written about): $34.99 at Best Buy
“DiRT 3” (2011 Xbox 360, PS3, PC): $31.79 at Best Buy
Forza Horizon doesn’t have a monopoly on racing in Colorado. The third installment of the mud-slinging racing DiRT series took Aspen — where the beer flows like wine — for a spin. Some of the courses show off the town’s haughty ski-chalet ambiance, but it’s mostly snow, snow, snow. Still, you’ll save a fortune on lift tickets.
For anyone at risk for driving while drunk
BacTrack Keychain Breathalyzer Portable Keyring Breath Alcohol Detector: Available from Amazon.com for $27.50 with free shipping.
David Moye recommends it in a November 23 Huffington Post gift suggestions article.
For a bicyclist or motorcycle rider who is a “Star Wars” fan
Avid Grom R2D2 Bike Helmet: $99.95 from Just For Surfing.
StarWars.com writes that this handsome helmet is “designed after everyone’s favorite droid sidekick, and features a lightweight in-molded polycarbonate shell.” There is also a collectible new red helmet whose Spin Fit system allows riders to easily adjust the fit.
Other features include AirVanced Ventilation for customized venting and a goggle gasket to hold goggles in place. “Little groms can impersonate the classic Star Wars character both on and off the mountain since the helmet can be worn on snow, for skateboarding or on bike rides,” according to StarWars.com.
For women drivers
Swiss Army knife, Rescue Tool model: $102.00 from SwissArmy.com.
As Rita Zekas writes in a Wheels.ca article “Ho-ho-GTO: Great gifts for automotive fans on your list”:
David French, sales manager at Toronto’s Victorinox, recommends the Rescue Tool model, which includes a seat-belt cutter, window breaker for shatter-proof glass, a Phillips screw driver and a wire stripper. ‘It’s all the basic needs for survival, and a little bit more. It also has all the classic five features: knife, scissors, file, tweezers and toothpick.’
For drivers hoping to make the roads safer
A whole host of bumper stickers, ranging from funny to matter-of-fact, from various CafePress shops: $1.70 each.
For designated drivers, who are heroes for helping to prevent drunk-driving accidents
Designated Driver T-shirt: $22.99 at CafePress.com
For anyone curious about why problems occur on the roads
Book: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt: $16.00 from the LeMay America’s Car Museum, which opened in June in Tacoma, Washington.
The museum notes that The Washington Post, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and the Rocky Mountain News all said it was one of the best books of the year. The museum shop describes the book this way:
In this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots. Traffic is about more than driving: it’s about human nature. It will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us, and it may even make us better drivers.
[Part Two of this article will appear tomorrow.]