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December 16, 2011

The Ask Patty Holiday Gift Garage: YOU!

HolidayPattyWow, it's hard to believe, but it's true: we are officially into single digits on our "days until Christmas" countdown.  A little more than a week remains until tinsel time, but there's still time to bring you one last Holiday Gift Garage post, this time focused on the one person we haven't shopped for yet:  YOU!

We've done the kids, and we've done the pets, now it's time for us to look at some great automotive themed gifts that will make your holiday a little bit brighter, and maybe a little bit safer, too.  Let's get to it!


Prod-2100-zoomThe CarMD Vehicle Health System - Check engine light on?   It's one of life's deepest mysteries - what, oh what could that light possibly mean?  Is it your gas cap?  A sensor of some sort malfunctioning?  To find out, you'll have to take it to a mechanic and have it scanned, or - you could do it yourself, at home.  CarMD uses the same sophisticated technology your mechanic uses, but was designed for everyone to use. It does not matter whether you know a lot about cars or don't have a clue.  The CarMD Vehicle Health system will not only tell you what that check engine light means, it'll also tell you how much you can expect to pay for a repair, not to mention empowering you with the ability to diagnose and even fix simple problems yourself.  It even does emissions testing, so you're not surprised come inspection time. 

HeatedSeatThe Wagan Heated Seat Cushion - Some people have heated seats in their cars already.  I very much enjoy being in the passenger seat with those people during the winter, because my own car doesn't have that feature.  If you're in the same boat, stop hitching lifts to keep your behind warm and treat yourself to this heated seat cushion.  Apparently I'm not alone, because it's one of the most wished-for automotive items on Amazon today - and at $20, it's a no-brainer, really.


JumpncarryJump-n-Carry Jumpstarter - No one wants to be stuck, especially not in winter.  If you get stranded with a dead battery it's either find a good samaritan to give you a boost, or wait for a friend, family member, or roadside assistance to arrive... and if it's the latter, you'll be waiting a while.  This jumpstarter can get you back on the road quickly and painlessly - it jumpstarts your own engine!  A must have for any vehicle emergency kit.


InflatorCraftsman NEXTEC Inflator - A perfect companion piece to the jumpstarter, this will keep those tires ready for the road.  Powered by a 12.0 Volt Die-Hard® Lithium-Ion battery for enhanced performance and longer shelf-life, this unit's powerful, adjustable air pressure quickly inflates objects all the way up to 200PSI! Fill up a variety of inflatable's including pool toys, sports equipment and yes, vehicle tires.    Simply use the up/down arrows to set the desired PSI on the digital screen and it will do the rest. Once the desired PSI is met the inflator will automatically shut off to prevent over inflating.


Photo_distinctive3M Scotchprint Wrap Film - Want to make your ride a little more distinctive?  More affortable and less permanent than paint, this awesome wrap film is the perfect way to customize your car for a day, a year, or more.  Choose from a variety of finishes, textures and colors including carbon fiber, that off a unique, head-turning look.  You can get a sample, more info, and installation instructions at 3M's website.


MaddMADD Virgin Drinks - If you're attending holiday parties and driving, please remember to do so responsibly.  To help you keep yourself and your family safe, MADD presents a series of virgin beverages that allow you to participate in holiday cheer without any of the ill-effects.  These virgin drinks are all 100% alcohol-free, and varieties include champagne, merlot, chardonnay, mojito, pina colada, margarita, and even a virgin lager.  Remember, at the holidays and every day, buzzed driving IS drunk driving and one small step can and will save lives.

Wagan IN9738-5 12-Volt Heated Seat Cushion


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