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12:22  07 december  2017
12:22  07 december  2017 Source:   charlotteobserver.com

Your Tech Holiday Gift Guide

  Your Tech Holiday Gift Guide Nine ideas for the person in your life who loves technology.If you can't afford to buy friends or family the latest smartphone, or they already have it, you may be wondering what to buy the tech-obsessed people in your life for the holidays. The following suggestions are unique tech-related gift ideas that may inspire you to get these products – or buy something else entirely. They shouldn't be considered endorsements – and none of these products have paid to be in here. We also have something for you to sign at the end of this article absolving us of all blame if the person you buy a present for doesn't like the gift. (OK, maybe that's going a little too far.

What do NASCAR ’s top drivers want the most this holiday season? This holiday gift guide assesses the gifts that racing’s stars might ask of Santa. When you don ’ t know what to get for that NASCAR driver on your holiday gift list

Steve Luvender NASCAR .com December 11, 2017 at 9:28 am. I don ’ t know about you , but I love online shopping. Surely, each of these drivers would love their gifts had I not already spent my entire holiday budget impulse Please don ’ t try to return them and get money back. David Ragan.

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Ah, the holidays. A time for celebrating with family, remembering all the good times from the past year, and being thankful for what we have.

And, as a way of showing our appreciation for one another, giving presents.

But what do people really want? Teenagers may ask for a video game system, or young adults may ask for tickets to a concert. Because athletes, including NASCAR drivers, are people too, that means they're also in line for gifts.

So let's try to give a handful of NASCAR's best drivers and biggest names what they really want for the holidays. You'll find the perfect (somewhat fictional) gift guide below:

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Martin Truex Jr. (To stop time): Maybe this is a little silly, but considering everything Truex has going for him right now, this makes the most sense. The man just won his first Cup Series title, which capped a dream season for him. His longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex, who has battled ovarian cancer, was healthy enough to be there to celebrate with him. And he won several awards at last week's NASCAR awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Yeah, now would be a good point to just freeze time and savor everything he has going for him.

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