2012 Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

By The Editors on 19 December 2012
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Unique Gift Ideas for the Holidays

If you are still searching for the right gift, it’s not too late: we’ve done the work for you. From skiwear to cameras to speakers to a convertible, here are gifts for the business traveler who has everything.


It’s red, it’s cute, it’s small enough to fit under your tree.  Plus it gets 41 mpg (5.73 l/100 km) while driving over the river and through the woods.  The new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI is the only diesel droptop in the U.S., and it’s got excellent handling and great fuel economy to boot.

The top goes down in 9.5 seconds, stacking itself in the style of the original 1949 cabriolet, but that Bug wasn’t available with a Fender audio system and heated seats. With the top up, the cabin is as quiet as the fixed-roof model and the rear seat actually does hold two adults, though long distance travel may be akin to the last seat available in economy. – Paul Riegler

$27,895 at your nearby Volkswagen dealership

Geneva Lab Sound System Model XSDSC_0369

Surprise someone with the Geneva Lab Model XS,  powerful and tech-filled portable speaker that reminds me of  the travel alarm my grandmother carried around the world while traveling. Unlike her travel companion, the XS uses Bluetooth to pair with your iPhone, iPad, or other device, should you not want to dive into local FM radio at your destination. Regardless of your music source, you can still raise the retro telescoping antenna.

Sound quality is very good and it’s an ideal gift, either for you or your favorite business traveler. – Jonathan Spira

$249.95 at amazon.com

Photographers By Michael PritchardDSC_0262

Almost everyone today is a photographer, be it with as simple a device as a smartphone, or as complex digital SLR camera with an arsenal of lenses, filters and other accessories. This is especially true now, since more photos are taken during the holiday season than at any other time.  The beautifully-illustrated book Photographers, by Michael Pritchard and Tony Nourmand, depicts photographers doing what comes naturally: taking pictures.

The full-page portraits include well-known photographers including Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White, Weegee (Arthur Fellig), and Philippe Halsman, among others.   There are many lesser-known photographers included as well but the best shots are really of celebrities ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to the Supremes to John Wayne simply taking a photograph.

The perfect gift for anyone who loves taking pictures. – Jonathan Spira

$75 at amazon.com

Revo Square Classic Sunglasses


Once the holiday season is over, each day will become longer than the last, so a pair of Revo polarized sunglasses would make a welcome gift as we start to count down the days until the snow melts and the grass is once again green next spring.

Polarized sunglasses are ideal for outdoor activities, be it driving, flying or boating, since they reduce glare, and eyestrain making it easier to see and navigate the world around you.

Revo’s Square Classics are based on the company’s original designs from the 1980s. Eco-concious? The frames are green, even when they’re gray, since they’re constructed in part out of castor bean seeds, a cutting edge and sustainable alternative to petroleum-based products.  – Paul Riegler

$209 at amazon.com

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