Holiday Gift Ideas for the Driving Commuter | 511 Contra Costa

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Driving Commuter

While last time we posted holiday gift ideas for your bicyclist friend, this time we’ve come up with some presents to give to the driving commuter. For the girl that’s perennially late for work, here are a couple options for on-the-go thermoses and coffee mugs. Friends who constantly complain about the music played on the radio can be given cassette adapters and auxiliary cables for their MP3 players. And last but not least, the ever handy-dandy GPS for your uncle who still drives his old 1993 Camry and is always late to Christmas dinner because he’s lost.
Happy Shopping!
1. Thermos Nissan Tea Tumbler with Infuser

  • $19.99
  • 12 ounces
  • Keeps coffee and tea hot for hours. Mug comes with a removable mesh tea leaf infuser so you can steep your tea while you’re out and about.
  • The only drawback is that the cap is screw-on so you need both hands in order to drink from it.

(photo credit: Philip Friedman)
french press mug
2. Bodum Travel Press with or Without Rubber Grip

  • $12.95
  • 16 ounces
  • It’s a French press! It’s a travel mug! It’s a French press travel mug! This awesome mug… I mean French press, let’s you brew coffee while you’re on the go. No more waiting for the coffee to be ‘ready’ before you can rush out the door, now you can just dump the grounds in, pour the water, and BAM! get into the car. Also very handy for brewing fresh coffee at work or anywhere there’s hot water.
  • A plastic flap on the lid pops open, allowing for easy, one-handed sipping.

(photo credit: Philip Friedman)

3. Oxo Good Grips LiquiSeal Travel Mug

  • $19.99
  • 14 ounces
  • Good standard coffee mug for the morning commute. Three silicone seals insure no spills and vacuum insulation guarantees to keep temperature up to seven hours.
  • One-handed activation also good for drivers.

(photo credit: Oxo)
ipod adpater

4. Monster iCarPlay Cassette 800 for iPhone and iPod

  • $24.95
  • Don’t like the songs on the radio? Me neither. Play your own music on your iPhone or iPod through your car stereo cassette player!
  • 3-foot cord and spring-loaded cassette head
  • Dual Balanced conductors deliver more natural audio

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5. Monster iCable 800 for iPhone and iPod

  • $19.95
  • iPhone, iPod or other media player gets a direct wired connection to your car’s audio system so your music is free of static and FM interference.
  • Great for cars with auxiliary input

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iphone charger

6. AT&T 32520att Black with USB Port Car Charger For iPhone

  • $9.99
  • Charger & Adapter for iPhone & iPhone 3G/3GS
  • Because it sucks to run out of batteries.

(photo credit: AT&T)
7. Garmin GPS

  • $114.99
  • Map detail, driving directions, photos
  • Search addresses, popular destinations

(photo credit: Garmin)

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