Cars and Car Tech
No matter how grandiose or modest your gift-buying budget is this year, we've got great gift ideas for car nerds.
From GPS gadgets that give directions to discreet dongles that improve fuel economy, we've got the hottest gift ideas for the car lover in your life.
You're going to need a lot of wrapping paper, and a really big bow, if you're going to give one of these cars as a present, but the recipient will undoubtedly be delighted.
Cars have a come a long way in efficiency over the past decades, so a new car can also be an environmental statement, if it replaces an older model.
Latest Tech Deals
Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
Apr 24, 2014
Samsung Smart TV Evolution Kit for $90 + free shipping
TigerDirect offers the Samsung Smart TV Evolution Kit, model no. SEK-1000, for $144.96. Apply coupon code "MOQ124831" to drop it to $89.96. With free shipping, that's $10 under our December mention and the lowest total price we could find by $10, although most merchants charge $150 or more. It upgrades 2012 Samsung Smart TVs to 2013 Smart TV features; it comes with the Samsung Smart Control and sports a 1.3GHz quad-core processor 500MHz graphics card, 1.5GB RAM, and swipe and voice control functionality.
Dyson DC39 Animal Vacuum w/ Handheld Vac for $500 + free shipping, more
Target offers the Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum in Iron/Purple (pictured) bundled with a Dyson DC34 Handheld Vacuum for $499.99 with free shipping. (DC34 Handheld will display in cart.) That's $125 under the lowest total price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere. (For further comparison, we saw a refurb DC39 alone for $200 in February.) The DC39 features include ball maneuvering design, HEPA filter, stair tool, nozzle, and brush tool. The DC34 features a bagless container, washable filter, and dual power mode.
Also available is the Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum in Gray/Purple bundled with a Dyson DC34 Handheld Vacuum for $599.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our February mention of the DC65 vacuum alone (although that deal included a $60 gift card) and another price low for the bundle by $53. The DC65 features include ball maneuvering design, HEPA filter, tangle-free turbine tool, stair tool, long-reach hose, telescope reach wand, and crevice tool.
Refurb ASUS VivoTab 10" 32GB Tablet w/ Keyboard for $240 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished 1.2-lb. ASUS VivoTab 10.1" 32GB WiFi Windows 8 RT Tablet in Gray, model no. TF600T-B1-GR, bundled with the ASUS TF600T VivoTab RT Keyboard, for $239.95 with free shipping. That's $197 under the lowest total price we could find for the pair purchased new separately elsewhere. (For further comparison, we last saw the refurbished tablet alone for $60 less three weeks ago.) The tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1366x768 IPS multi-touch LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, microSD slot, GPS, gyroscope, light sensor, and Windows OS. Deal ends today.
A 90 day A4C warranty applies.
Body Glove Mobile coupon: 40% off sitewide
Body Glove Mobile cuts 40% off sitewide via coupon code "40BRADS". Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. That's the best coupon we've seen from Body Glove Mobile since last month when we saw a coupon for 50% off sitewide. Coupon expires April 25.
Refurb KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer for $190 + free shipping
USA World Sales via eBay offers the refurbished KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in 23 colors (Red pictured) for $189.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $19, although we saw it for $10 less last June. (It's also $115 under the best price we could find for a new one.) This 325-watt mixer features 10 speeds, a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, tilt-back head, flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip.
A 6-month warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
Refurb Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker for $60 + free shipping
Blutek via eBay offers the refurbished Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker in Black or Red for $59.99 with free shipping. That's $5 under the the lowest total price we could find for a refurb elsewhere, although we saw it for $5 less last week. (For further comparison, it's $41 less than the best price we could find for a new one.) It features a microphone, 3.5mm input jack, microUSB charging cable, up to 10 hours of continuous play, and carrying case.
Refurb Roku HD Streaming Player for $40 + free shipping
Deal Fisher via eBay offers the factory-refurbished Roku HD Streaming Player, model no. 2500R, for $39.95 with free shipping. That's $20 under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit elsewhere, although we saw a refurb for $8 less three weeks ago. It features over 1,000 channels, 720p streaming, WiFi, and compatibility with streaming sources like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Amazon Instant Video. A 90-day Roku warranty applies.
Stereo Bluetooth Neck-Band Headphones w/ Mic for $10 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, MiniInTheBox offers the Stereo Bluetooth Neck-Band Headset with Mic in Black for $10 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for any similar headset by $14. They feature noise cancellation and a range of approximately 32 feet. Deal ends today.
Lenovo Flex 15 Haswell i5 16" 1.6GHzTouch Laptop for $600 + free shipping
Newegg via eBay offers the 5.1-lb. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Laptop, model no. 59401417, for $599.99 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $50. It features an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 500GB hybrid hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.
SteelSeries 5Hv3 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset for $40 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the SteelSeries 5Hv3 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset in Black/Orange, model no. 61031, for $39.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $36. They feature padded all-leather ear cushions, 40mm tournament-grade drivers, in-line audio controls, and a 16Hz to 28kHz frequency response. Deal ends today.