203. What You Don’t Want For Christmas

What you don’t want for Christmas is any of that impulse buy, center of the aisle display stuff. You know what I’m talking about. That money clip, key chain and nail clipper combo. Or how about the latest travel mug with USB port and a place for tea bags? And there’s always the old standby, a Christmas tie.

In this episode we will spend some time talking about a few of the usual gifts that will go unused. We’ll also cover a few unusual gifts that could be cool.

What You Don’t Want For Christmas

The all in one package car care kit. You’ll probably end up with a few of these anyway, but here’s a few you will just have to look excited about. Most of these kits come with 2 or 3 things you’ll use. They also come with stuff that will probably never get used.  It’s kind of like the daily special at the truck stop counter. Mix a couple of fresh things in with yesterday’s leftovers and someone will buy it.

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The nose hair trimmer. Have you ever really used one of these? If you remove all the hair from your nose, be prepared for a sneezing frenzy that will last for as long as it takes to grow that hair back.

As for the accompanying manicure set, manicures are for ladies. Men only need one pair of clippers, and we keep it in the tackle box so we know where it is when we need to cut fishing line.

A Few Favorites

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Other Oddities

Marshmallow gun

Multi-tool with USB port and storage

12 volt seat warmer

Buck’s Top 3

VW exec gets 7 years in prison. Autoguide.com

Hacking and hijacking autonomous trucks. Trucks.com

Wisconsin allows 550 lbs for APU. Landlinemag.com

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