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Automotive Gifts for the Holiday Season

Here are some good ideas for shoppers.

by on Dec.04, 2009


A gift for the car is something that just about everyone can use.

With nearly a quarter of a billion vehicles on the road in the U.S. — and seemingly all of them in front of you as you try to shop  — a gift for the car is something that just about everyone can use. North America’s largest motoring and travel organization, AAA, not without self-interest, has the following suggestions.

  • MagnoGrip Wristbands ($16) — For the person who is always tinkering with their vehicle, a magnetic wristband can make it easier to hold onto small bolts, fasteners and other pieces that can frequently get misplaced under the hood. The polyester wristband is embedded with a super strong magnet to hold metal parts in place until they are needed. Just don’t go for your wallet with the band on – it can wipe out the magnetic credit card codes.
  • Magellan Roadmate GPS ($199) — The latest model–the Magellan Roadmate 1445T–includes a 4.3-inch color touch screen and exclusive AAA TourBook information with ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine and save as well as AAA Approved Auto Repair locations. A highway lane assist function points users to the right exit, and Traffic Link provides subscription-free, live traffic updates. AAA members receive discounts and other benefits from Magellan on several units. Visit for details.


BMW M Tie Available as Holiday Gift

Used daily, but rarely on the shopping list?

by on Nov.11, 2009

More than $90, plus shipping.

More than $90, plus shipping.

Although it is often a must-have business accessory, men don’t like buying ties, according to BMW.

The Munich-based automaker cites and unnamed survey that says 54% of the 4,622 men questioned have never or only very rarely bought themselves a tie.

Enter a new tie from the BMW M Collection in fiery red with anthracite-colored inner detail.

BMW claims it completes the outfit for any business appointment and is a “real eye-catcher” compared to the average tie. Made from 100% Italian silk and, the tie has a woven, color BMW M logo embroidered on the front and reverse.

The BMW M tie is available from selected BMW dealers and online here. Just bring money, as the dollar continues its collapse, it will cost you more than $90 plus shipping.