On-the-go gifts

December 20, 2013

Only Santa travels exclusively by flying sleigh. The rest of us have to settle for far-less-jolly forms of transportation. So although a reindeer named Rudolph won’t be much help for a Washington commute, these gifts could be.

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Closca Helmet ($81, closca.co). A flattened bike helmet is usually the result of a nasty accident. This one collapses on purpose, so it can actually fit in a bag. But the style still protects your noggin. It’s available in several attractive patterns and colors, including Capital Bikeshare red. (Shipping to the U.S. from Spain will run you an additional $16.

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D.C. Metro Cuff ($37, designhypeinc.com). This stainless steel bracelet is embossed with (most of) the WMATA map. So if you can’t remember how many more stops you have on the Red Line, you can just take a quick glance at your wrist. The company makes similar products for subway systems in other cities, including New York, San Francisco and Chicago.

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X2 card ($5, etsy.com/shop/greymoggiepress). We’re not getting streetcar service by Christmas, but we can get a chuckle reading this: “The X2: The Original Streetcar (except for the actual original streetcar).” Local letterpress goddess Melanie Ouellette Karlins — whose Metro-themed holiday cards are featured on page 25 — sells this and a D6 card and plans to add more bus-themed options in 2014.

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“Walkable City” by Jeff Speck ($16, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The new paperback edition of this pedestrian manifesto by Speck, a city planner who lives in Washington, is still a hard-hitting look at why foot traffic matters. This version just weighs less — which is helpful when you’re lugging it around for miles.

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Airframe ($25, kenu.com/products/airframe). Car-sharers constantly find themselves behind the wheel of different vehicles. But no matter what they’re driving, they can bring along this lightweight portable smartphone mount. It attaches to any air vent, and clamps down on an iPhone (or Galaxy, BlackBerry, whatever), so the screen is securely in place and easily in view.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.
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