2021 Holiday Gift Guide | Autoblog Staff Picks

2021-11-13 01:32:42 By : Mr. Leo Zhou

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With the holidays approaching, the discussion of supply chain issues will never end, which may prevent us from receiving our items on time, and we decided to start quickly in this year’s holiday gift guide. If you are looking for some gift ideas for your loved one (even if your loved one is yourself), we have some great ideas for you to consider, carefully selected by the Autoblog staff.

There are too many Hot Wheels suits. Finding the best suit for your child while keeping other gift budgets reasonably can be dazzling. This is a combination of dinosaurs and cars. Although it is expensive and strong, it is a little bit of everything. Instead, I have landed on the Hot Wheels Track Builder Barrel Box for my upcoming 4-year-old child. This is the perfect combination of creative play and excitement. You can configure it for different layouts for jumping, stunts or just crashes. It is reasonably priced, and setting it up is half the fun. — Greg Migliore, Editor-in-Chief

A few days after Christmas last year, I blasted my toes with an axe while chopping wood. After six stitches, I have added this Sun Joe hydraulic log separator to my wish list. It is usually about $170, but the cost has recently increased (supply and demand at work?). However, Harbor Freight’s equivalent offer is still $150. At the same time, I'm still using my Fiskars chopping axe, which is a good exercise—just like Henry Ford joked, "Chop your own wood, it will warm you twice"—but I Shaking a pair of steel-toed Muck boots, and I'm in it. This year I tried not to warm up in the emergency care clinic for the third time. — John Snyder, Green Editor

How about some martial arts instruction gifts? Since last spring, my eldest son and I have been practicing Tang Soo Do with PKSA. This is an amazing experience. I lost a little weight, increased strength, balance and flexibility, and my son is benefiting from the confidence, respect and discipline involved. I like to be a student of something again, and doing it with my family is a reward. There are a large number of martial arts styles to choose from, whether you are more interested in fighting, weapons, aerobics, practical self-defense or physical and mental balance; we chose PKSA because it is close to home, but we are glad we did it. — John Snyder, Green Editor

There are a few children on my gift list this year, so the idea at the top of my list is this KidiZoom Creator Cam. As a finalist for the Toy Association's 2021 Toy of the Year Award, this durable HD camcorder is an excellent first digital camcorder for young creators.

In addition to the green screen, I also got this kid's camera bag ($19.99) and this 32 GB microSD card to complete a nice bundle for young content creators. The total price of the gift pack is US$94.26. — Eddie Sabatini, Production Manager

I have always wanted to change my soap. The traditional soap from the local grocery store always makes my skin dry and irritating. I was troubled by the same smell and the same grit over and over again: zero. When I found out about Dr. Squatch, I hesitated and thought it was a gimmick by some Internet entrepreneurs trying to get rich quickly, but I was so wrong. The moment this natural soap touches my skin, it feels as if it belongs there. The smell is refreshing and the saponification (foaming) is enough to make me clean. Later, I discovered that it is a natural soap without the harmful ingredients you would find in some traditional shop soaps. Its grit content ranges from heavy to medium to zero, in case you need to exfoliate while bathing. My first choice is Birchwood Breeze medium coarse sand. It smells very good, with tiny birch bark and pumice stone for exfoliation. "—Amr Sayour, producer

BioLite Charge PD is not only a must-have item for camping, but also a must-have item for daily life. As a person who often stores maps and takes pictures with his mobile phone (this is not the case now), the days when he does not use electronic devices while camping are not feasible. Even the latest mobile phone batteries cannot be used for several days without charging, and this is where Charge PD comes in. 

This power bank is available in three sizes (20, 40 and 80), allowing your phone to resume operation immediately. 20 is very light. It can fully charge your smartphone 1.5 times, 40 is 2.5 times, and 80 can fully charge your phone 5 times. I usually carry it with me when I am camping in the car. 

What I like most about BioLite Charge PD is that it is easy to connect together in a daisy chain when charging, allowing you to charge multiple power banks in one socket. — Chris McGraw, senior producer

When it comes to travel bags, there are several schools of thought. Some people prefer to carry a bag with them. Whether you are on a two-day visit with your family or a two-week vacation in South America, you can carry a bag that can adapt to anything. Peak Design Travel Duffelpack 65L is specially designed for those who want to use one bag in all their travels. For more information, check out our full review here. — Chris McGraw, senior producer

My colleague Eddie Sabatini’s suggestion for this small drone in last year’s holiday gift guide inspired me to run out on a cold December morning and buy one by myself, so I’m here to quote his words: 

'It's small and light, weighing only 249 grams, making it perfect to carry around. To name a few, the upgrade includes camera performance-it now shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second-an upgraded propulsion system and longer flight time. Technically, the 31-minute flight time is only 1 minute longer than the Mavic Mini, but this is still an improvement. This is the biggest disadvantage of drones and why we recommend the Fly More combination or at least buy some extra batteries to order. The 12-megapixel camera is connected to the 3-axis gimbal and has three new panoramic still photography modes (wide angle, 180° and spherical) and the already great Quick Shot video mode (drone, rocket, circle, spiral) , And boomerang). — Chris McGraw, senior producer

If I could sit down for dinner with anyone alive and listen to their stories, Rick Ridgeway would be at or near the top of the list (Jimmy Chin, who appears in the book, is also Top of the list). He did everything I could, and even more, from being part of the first American team to climb K2, to exploring Antarctica and trekking across the Changtang Plateau in Tibet. 

Since my dinner invitation may never get a response, his recently published memoir "Life Wild" will have to do so. If you like it, pick up his other six books. You will not be disappointed. — Chris McGraw, senior producer

Okay, listen to me. Yes, traveling to the northernmost capital in the world may not be a place you consider going in the middle of winter, but it doesn't mean you can't start planning now. On my recent trip to this Nordic country, I had countless waterfalls and magnificent scenery on the first day, the lamb soup was unforgettable, and the sky lagoon made me more relaxed than ever. If your visit is scheduled properly, you still have a chance to see the Northern Lights, which should be on every traveler’s wish list. Pro tip: Make sure to budget for legitimate Icelandic wool sweaters. It can keep you warm even in the coldest night. "——Chris McGraw, senior producer

How cool is this children's electric bike? The re-creation of so many real cars is awkward and a bit awkward, but this small re-creation of the iconic BMW 507 sports car is certainly not. Whether it's Barbie Corvette or Power Wheels Jeep, the convertible always seems to provide a better miniature model, but you have to give it to anyone who designed this 507 for Costway because it looks great. The same cannot be said for their smaller Mercedes 300SL, which is quite unfortunate. However, with these two, classic cars get some love instead of luxury SUVs and modern exotics (plus ubiquitous jeeps), which is great. When my son was old enough to drive, I already bookmarked this. — James Riswick, West Coast Editor

I have coveted radio-controlled cars and trucks since I was a kid. I subscribed to all the magazines I could find, and I would spread them on my floor and pick out what I would buy if I really had money. Now that I do have money, my taste has changed dramatically. At the age of 10, I would definitely park the most powerful off-road machine on the planet on my shelf, but today I lean more towards realism. I still hope this thing has some performance, but I don't have any interest in racing.

So that's why Tamiya's three old Volkswagen replicas attracted me. There is a Beetle, a Karmann-Ghia (my first car!) and a bus (my campervan!). All three models are based on the brand's M chassis, equipped with rear motors (realistic proportions!) and four-wheel independent suspension. There are many upgrades available, from improved battery packs to customized motors, which is an interesting hobby for people of all ages. — Jeremy Korzeniewski, consumer editor

The way things develop, I may never be able to afford a Porsche 911. Or at least, not real. But the Lego model is still very easy to implement. In addition, you can be satisfied with building it yourself. It has lovely details such as open doors and other panels, a small engine, and the fact that you can choose whether to make a convertible Targa or a wide-body Turbo. It should look great with some other great large car models released by Lego. — Joel Stokesdale, News Editor

Hot Wheels Unleashed was a very popular surprise when it launched this year. This is a fun, fast-paced arcade racer, refreshing in the world of realistic simulation racing games. It is more worried about making you go very fast and drifting very much, than pinning on the apex of a slow hairpin. It is also very beautiful, carefully recreating the casting details of the toy car, giving you the feeling of racing around the car in a big room. It does have some flaws, but in essence, it is a very interesting game, even cheaper than the average new video game. — Joel Stokesdale, News Editor

If you want to invest in comfort and warmth, Pendleton blankets are your best choice. These Chief Joseph wool blankets not only look great, they are also well made and can absorb a lot of heat. Pendleton even has a crib size version, so you can match it with your new baby. — Michael Ferrara, Social Media Manager

In my life, I have never been a big reader. In fact, I am a little envious of those who always seem to be reading the latest exciting novels or series. When everything was additionally closed at the beginning of the pandemic, I decided that if I didn't work together to turn all this extra time into a "reader", then I would never. Fortunately, I was able, and I have now read 16 novels in 2021 alone! Although the most important thing to help me achieve my goals is the change of willpower and lifestyle, I would never be able to do it without my Kindle. Compared to any other recent technology I can think of, it has had a greater positive impact on my life. It allows me to read in bed without having to fiddle with reading lights, it puts all my books in a convenient little device, and it almost never seems to run out of power. If you are looking for more excuses to read, or if you know such people, in my opinion, this is the best way you can get them to encourage new habits. — Erik Maier, multimedia producer

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