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A Non-Jeeper's Guide to Jeep Gifting

  
  
  
  

Through the years, we’ve found that our customers often fall into one of two categories: the Jeepers and the non-Jeepers.  We love them both dearly, but there are vast differences between the two.  The first category ranges from those who eat, sleep, and breathe Jeep to those who just acquired their first 4 x 4.  Some know their Wrangler inside and out, from the tips of their front tow hooks to the bottom of their back bumper.  Others are just learning how to lower their soft top. Either way, it’s not long before they’ve got a folder of Jeep parts and accessories saved on their internet browser that only seems to grow.  It’s a Jeep thing, and they understand.  

The second category of customer is the non-Jeeper, bless their hearts. They may not own a Jeep themselves, but somebody that they love does! The non-Jeeper is clever enough to realize that this makes the perfect gift-giving opportunity.  They may have started small with a Jeep shirt, hat, or mug so that their Jeeper could showcase their pride.  This is wonderful!  Every Jeep owner appreciates Jeep themed gifts!  Eventually, the non-Jeeper may grow more ambitious, realizing that a Jeeper’s favorite thing to dress up is their vehicle itself. Often, this is where confusion sets in.  “What’s a YJ?  Jeep tires come in more than one size?  What do you mean 'the doors come off?'”  The non-Jeeper is so close to achieving Ultimate Gift Giver status, but their lack of Jeep knowledge threatens to send them high-tailing it back to the apparel section of the site.  After all, it’s far easier to guess a Jeeper’s shirt size than their tire size.  But, wait!  We can help!  Equipped with some basic knowledge, the non-Jeeper can buy even greater gifts that will not only delight a Jeeper, but also fit their vehicle perfectly!

1. What Year Is It?

The first, and possibly the easiest, piece of information to gather is what year the Jeep is.  Almost all accessories that are not universal fit are designed for a specific year range of Wrangler, referred to as YJ (years 1987-1995), TJ (years 1997-2006), and JK (2007-2014). We also have a variety of accessories for the classic Jeep CJ models.  Figuring out a Jeep’s year is most easily accomplished with a simple “What year is it?” directed towards the owner.  An innocent and convincing “Just wondering!” should divert any suspicions regarding the non-Jeeper’s intentions. 

2. How many doors?

For those Jeepers who have a 2007 or later Wrangler, another pivotal piece of information is how many doors the Jeep has.  Wranglers with 4 doors will, obviously, have a much longer overall vehicle length.  This affects the fit of tops, certain storage solutions, seat covers, floor liners, and other accessories.  Non-Jeepers will want to make sure they know how many doors their Jeeper's JK has before shopping for accessories. 

3. Top Set Up

Another easy to establish Jeep stat is what kind of top set up currently exists.  Hard tops and soft tops require different car and cab covers.  Jeeps with soft tops qualify for a variety of top specific accessories, including window storage solutions, noise reduction systems, and replacement windows.  Jeeps with hard tops can use noise deadening insulators, or storage carts.  The thing a Jeep with a hard top needs most though, is a soft top

4. Tire Size 

This is the information that is hardest to obtain while maintaining a covert gift-giver profile – enlisting the help of someone who often sees the Jeep in question may be necessary!  Our tire covers come in very specific sizes and in order to make sure that the cover fits perfectly, we need to match the cover size with the number found on the sidewall of the tire.  This number is usually in the format of P255/75R17.  Once a non-Jeeper has the tire number, the only other thing they need to get a great gift is an idea of the Jeeper’s taste for the cover itself!

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With these pieces of information and the help of the gang at All Things Jeep, even the most auto-unaware of the non-Jeepers can find a wonderful gift for the Jeeper in their life! 

 

 

 

     

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All Things Jeep Celebrates 10 Years!

  
  
  
  

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Once you get to a certain age, you begin to understand that some birthdays are better than others by nature.  Years can pass with nothing more monumental than a cake and some candles to show for your most recent trip around the sun.  Then there are the big ones, the birthdays that really mean something.  Maybe it was your sweet sixteen, when you finally got to taste the freedom of the road (hopefully in a Jeep).  Perhaps it was your eighteenth, when you saw the infinite and overwhelming possibilities of your adult life spread before you, not realizing then just how young you really were.  Whether it’s five or fifty, some birthdays simply stay with you long afterward as more than just a day on the calendar.  We’re delighted to say that All Things Jeep has arrived at one of those birthdays. 

When the company began in 2003, we were small.  We’re talking out of a basement, owners wearing the Jack and Jill of all trades hats, answering the phones while cooking dinner for the family small.  Norman and Jean, the company’s founders, had a goal to create a place where Jeepers (and those who love them) could find truly unique gifts.  Over the years, the company outgrew the basement, the whole house, a barn built specially for holding all the Jeep goodies, and an east coast warehouse.  A decade later, our love for Jeep things now spans the country as we are a bicoastal operation!

We’ve been lucky enough to have ten incredible years of working with Jeepers from around the world.  We get to find the craziest gadgets, coolest apparel, toughest accessories, and best gifts.  Even better, we get to pass them on to our lovely customers!  We’ve been able to share our knowledge and learn just as much from this wild community.  And, of course, we throw the biggest topless Jeep party every year!  We’ve had an incredible adventure, and we can’t wait to see what’s on the trail ahead.

Of course, with every special birthday comes a celebration!  We’re inviting you to come celebrate ten years of All Things Jeep by shopping with us and enjoying 10% off site wide.  We’ve got $10.00 tees and $10.00 decals to boot!  All you have to do is enter the coupon code ATJ10ANN at checkout - see what we did there?  Even after all these years, nothing makes us happier than thanking you with a handwritten note for sharing your Jeep life with us. Here’s to another ten!   

         

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Finally, a proper lunchbox for the Jeeper

  
  
  
  

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We know, times are tough all over. Gone are the days of leaving the office every day for a grand lunch out at, say, Denny's or Jack in the Box. Back are the days of brown bagging it.

This wouldn't be so bad if all your friends at work didn't mercilessly mock that re-purposed Safeway bag you use to cart around your sandwich and chips.

It's another sad fact that there is a marked shortage of lunch boxes designed to appeal to the off-road enthusiast of the Jeep persuasion. Until now, that is. Enter: the All Things Jeep lunchbag.

Sleek black, featuring a Zippered closure, a front pocket (for your spoons, napkins, small pets, etc.), foil laminate PE foam insulation (to keep your lunch at the right temperature), this is the coolest way to cart your lunch around since that plaid thing with the Thermos in it. There won't be any question that you belong to the off-road elite, as "Off-road Academy" is screen-printed on the front.

Enough talk! How do I get one of these amazing lunch bags?

Funny you should ask, if you can manage to spend $75 or more on our site, the lunch box is free. The item may otherwise be purchased for $6.99.

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San Mateo Truck & Jeep Show -- and, ATJ meets Rick Russell

  
  
  
  

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The ATJ team is a tale of two states. When the MA team and the CA team finally get a chance to hang out together, they generally do things like go to the San Mateo Truck & Jeep Show. The bad news is that, if you're reading this and you didn't go, you missed it.

The good news is, we met Rick Russel! Of the Off-Road Adventures' Series fame, that is. If you're not familiar with Rick Russell, then you haven't been paying attention to the long list of DVDs, most of which can be seen here, we at All Things Jeep have provided for years.

R.R. is an all-around laid-back guy who keeps busy with his off-roading business and is guilty only of being just a bit surprised at the photo op. Of course, there were other highlights -- in truth, too many to mention. Here are a few that stood out.

Jeep Tent

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When you say you're going to take the Jeep camping, chances are you don't intend on inviting it into the tent. But you sort of want to, don't you? Sure you do. The tent seen above, then, offers a whole new spin on the notion of taking the Jeep camping. Heck, the Jeep has earned its place as a member of the family, right? Right? And you're not going to let it into the tent? Harsh. Take a cue from the local Jeep club that had this beauty on display and camp with your Jeep.

Your Jeep Wears Combat Treads
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This one's wearing tank treads. We realize this isn't exactly breaking new ground, but look -- a Jeep with treads. That's exciting, right? Look in the correct corners of the Web and you can see daredevils using treaded Jeeps to pull outhouses around and stuff. Spare tire becomes optional.

Remember your Roots

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As you probably know, Jeep was born of a scrambling, intense need. In a battle for the government bid, Bantam's blueprints had been adapted by Ford and Willys into their own prototypes. The demand for the Jeep was so great by the time each was completed that both, in addition to Bantam's original prototype, were green-lighted for 1,500 units each. Willys' model would become the MA (Military model "A"), which naturally progressed to model "B," becoming, you guessed it, the MB, which is pictured here. Willys' finally won the contract and incorporated the improvements of Bantam's and Ford's models.

And that's all, folks. Thanks for reading. Isn't it just like you were there? OK, maybe not. Here are a few more pics, just for grins.

Photos we want to show you, but won't write about

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overkillShortly after this photograph was taken, Lorraine, of ATJ, crawled into Overkill's wheel well for a quick catnap.

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Happy Valentine's Day, and Take Pictures

  
  
  
  

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First of all, if you're at a loss for Jeep Valentine's Day ideas, please observe the above image, then follow this link to WillysJeep.com, from whence the image originates, so you can send the valentine to your sweetheart.

What a cool vintage image. Here's hoping you've gotten your ATJ Valentine's goodies, because today is the day. Remember, it's still not too late to order some of our cool VD (Valentine's Day ... where's your head?) stuff and then blame the Post Office for late delivery, and it definitely isn't too late to head over to the gas station and buy a rose from the guy outside with the bucket full of 'em.

All this mushy lovey dovey talk got me wondering just what it is all you Jeepsters are doing for Valentine's Day, and whether or not you take pictures. After combing the Internet, I found an alarming deficiency of photographic evidence that proves that Jeepsters have their own style of lovin'. Can you imagine a rugged Jeep owner handing over a chalky conversational heart candy that reads "B MINE?"

Neither can we. That's because you're not fourth graders, you're Jeepsters. So, whether you're expressing love for your Jeep itself or you're lucky enough to be paired with a fellow Jeepster who understands that off-road enthusiasm deserves a place in the Holiday of Love, snap a couple of pics and send 'em here. We'd certainly like to post them. If we get enough, we can have a Valentine's Photo contest or something.

So, if you're having an off-road Valentine's Day, good for you and take some pictures. Now if you'll excuse me, It's time for me to clock out and go buy some roses from the guy outside the gas station.

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Go Topless Day 2013 and ATJ's Answer to Valentine's Day

  
  
  
  

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Our good buddy Patrick Hughes logged onto the ATJ Blog just the other day and asked whether GTD13 would happen to fall on the date of May 11 this time around, citing rumors that have floated about craigslist.

It's an issue that's buzzing around message boards, and deserves some clarification.

As you can see by this year's new GTD banner, the "official" Go Topless Day is, in fact, May 18. Naturally, a day of such freedom as Go Topless Day can hardly be contained to a single day, any easier than it may be limited to a single event (which it cannot, by the way). We believe Mr. Hughes was speaking of the New Hampshire-based event over at Backwoods Farms, which will indeed occur on May 11.

If you haven't already put it together, that's great news for New Englanders, because you can easily go to the NH event, then to the Ocean State Jeepsters event in MA the following weekend.

Remember back when you were a kid and wished on a star for an extra Christmas? It's finally happened, and you have North Country Rock Solid 4x4 to thank for organizing the 5/11 event. Naturally, ATJ will be at both events, and will be there in spirit at the numerous other events to be staged nation-wide. Stay tuned for info on the 5/18 GTD.

Valentine's Day Fun

It may be fun to go topless in May, but at the beginning of February, it's cold. It's hard to even think about going topless. But you know what's easy to think about? Valentine's day. Yup, it's right around the corner, again, and yup, I heard you groan.

The good news is, we have all sorts of paraphernalia for you to buy your sweetheart — and if you order now, you can even pretend like you didn't forget. The truly strange thing is that the phrases "You Make my Heart Rev" and "Let's Hook Up" are not currently inscribed on any known brand of conversational heart. We checked.

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 The candy companies' loss, however, is your ATJ-wear gain. What's more, each of these shirts has a matching pair of sweats, echoing identical sentiments. So you can lounge comfortable in cold, crisp February with your feelings about your honey on your sleeve. Body. Whatever.

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These are just a few ways to celebrate your love, ATJ style. Not to neglect the dozens of heart-filled Jeep designs available year-round. There is no reason to contain the expression of 4x4 love.

Of course, sweatpants and nifty T-shirts can only go so far to warm the heart. True love needs more than just comfortable and snazzy around-the-house wear. Something genuine, solid and real. Something like this cool dry-erase board that's free with every order over $75 until Feb. 14. Free shipping on those $75+ orders, too.

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Naturally, there are more goodies to be found on the website, which we know you'll visit soon, anyway. Stay with us for GTD13 updates and other exciting Jeep Things that they wouldn't understand.

 

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ATJ Fairwell to 2012

  
  
  
  

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We're 16 days into a new year, even if you will be writing "2012" on your checks until February. Time to bid 2012 farewell — the last rock has been crawled upon, the last ATJ order sent ... Time to live in the present, here in 2013, in a world of possibilities. Of course, long after that tattered old list of recycled-from-last-year resolutions is given up on, and our treadmills have all reprised their real calling as hat racks, ATJ will still be there for you. First, though, a brief look back at 2012.

We had a pretty rockin' Go Topless Day. GTD12 was adopted by 150 clubs — quite impressive when you consider that a mere five years prior, Go Topless Day was a new phenomenon comprising a few Lancaster, MA, based enthusiasts who celebrated the dawn of Spring by shedding their Jeeps' tops.

With the event, All Things Jeep has similarly grown and blossomed. The above photo was taken by Scott C., one of five Go Topless Day 2012 photo contest winners. The Jeep parade, a common, if beautiful, sight on Go Topless Day, is given a pretty artistic treatment here. It's a pretty good metaphor for the artistic renaissance ATJ has seen in the last year.

Every holiday imaginable was commemorated by a keepsake, whether the sleek Halloween Trick-or-Treat totes in October, the Father's Day Koozies, or the spiffy, specific-to-AllThingsJeep 2012 Christmas Ornament, which has the distinctions of: A) Making Christmas trees of Jeepers in 2012 damn sexy, and B) being virtually indestructible (and don't think we didn't test 'em!).

It's all a part of the ever-expanding All Things Jeep. That's hardly a complete list, by the way, of all the momentos we've produced over 2012's national holidays. We're getting just a little more creative every day. We hope you've noticed, hope you've liked all our exciting new products, and we can't wait to unveil all the cool stuff we have planned for 2013. Not the least of which being, of course, Go Topless Day 2013.

Happy New Year, from ATJ!

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ATJ Getting Ink Done?

  
  
  
  

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"Hi Folks,

I ran into one of our biggest fans this morning.  We will all be doing this (see attached photos) during our next offsite.

 Todd"

It was a recent Monday when the the preceding e-mail, accompanied by the preceding photo, entered the inbox of each of us at All Things Jeep. Our fearless leader, Todd, had been inspired by an early-morning encounter on the way to the office.

So we're getting tats — never mind the irony that the ATJ team of managers made it back from SEMA in Las Vegas tattoo-free and relatively in one piece only to eternally emblazon all of our Jeeply passion on each of our right calves.

The guy's name is John, and he just might be a Jeep fanatic, which of course, in combination with his apparent level of dedication, makes him lovable. Thing is, we think the boss might be serious. We all got a good giggle of what Todd called in the e-mail subject line a "team must-do," but when we joked about getting tipsy and heading over to the tattoo parlor after work, he didn't flinch.

Half of us are afraid of needles. Thanks a lump, John. Well, it does look great on you, man.

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Jeep Christmas Gifts to Ponder over your Jack O' Lantern

  
  
  
  

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Halloween is right around the corner, and of course, that means it's time to start thinking about Christmas.

Christmas? But ... you just said yourself that it isn't even Halloween yet. You're worse than the department stores, at least they don't start playing Christmas tunes until November! Aaaagghhhh!

I know, I know. It can be tough to think about tinsel, eggnog and Holiday cheer when you haven't even carved your Jack-O-Lantern. But consider this: there are fewer than two months in which to drive over the toughest of metaphorical rocks, finding a Christmas gift for that special someone — not to mention that special everyone else. You can never start too early.

The main reason to start your online Christmas shopping with AllThingsJeep.com right at this very moment is that our current promotion, which ends Halloween Day, grants any sale of $75 or more not only free shipping, but a super cool Halloween tote, ideal for trick-or-treating (or even to give your children). And, there's a good chance that, whilst racking up that $75 total, that a special something for your favorite Jeeper may end up added to your ATJ cart. "Your favorite Jeeper" being you, naturally.

Just think of Christmas shopping as a trail waiting to be conquered. To get you started toward free shipping and that tote, here is a by-no-means complete list of cool Jeep gifts that won't break the bank.

FOR YOU

In order to properly get into the Holiday Spirit, you really need to kick things off by getting something for yourself. Christmas cards are a good start -- after all, they're only sort of for you. You're really spreading Jeep cheer with every stamp you use to send them out. Comes in several flavors. 

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FOR HER

Whether on- or off-road, your she's stood by you through thick and thin. Better yet, she actually gets weak in the knees at the sound of tires deflating. Doesn't your Jeep girl deserve a thoughtful ATJ trinket to go under the tree? Alongside other gifts, naturally. Never let a Jeep girl get away!

chickhatYour Jeep girl is sure to cherish this new cap from Life is Good. Jackie, emblazoned on a fresh pink hat, speeds by giving the Jeep wave. What's not to like? We also have a new aqua colored Native cap she'll love just as much.

 

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This licence plate will quell any confusion as to whose Wrangler that is parked in the driveway. Of course, after she finds this under the tree there will be no more hijacking the misus's JK, or even the neighbors will know what you're up to.

FOR HIM

If you are the girl mentioned in the above section, who swoons at tire deflation, etc. etc. etc., fret not, we've thought of gift ideas for you, too.

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If you always wondered just why it takes so many hours to complete an oil change, this sign may be illuminating — that is, if you hadn't already figured out that any work on vehicles includes several beer-and-T.V. breaks.

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Swiss Army Knife? Forget that thing, this Jeep Black Multi-Lite Knife makes a toy of it. In fact, calling it a knife is sort of like calling an off-roader simply a driver. Features a 3.5" stainless steel blade, pliers, nut driver, about every screwdriver head you can imagine — the list goes on, but the main point is that this tool is for any task. And who doesn't like to be ready for anything? Heck, grab one for yourself. Why should he have all the fun?

You're tough on your Jeep, your kids are tough on their toys. We get it. These Cross Country Off-Road Jeep will take a beating just like the real thing.

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FOR THE STOCKING

These new keychains from PlastiColor would be an exciting find in the toe of your stocking, wouldn't they?

 Jeep Strap Keychain

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                                              Jeep Logo Enamel Keychain

More gift ideas to come, naturally. This is just a primer for those of you thinking ahead. Happy Halloween!

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Off-road Baked Goods

  
  
  
  

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Every day is worth living, but on overcast days wherein everything goes wrong, it can be easy to forget. Right now, even in sunny California, we're stuck under a blanket of dark clouds, which only occasionally give way to buckets of rain and thunder.

We're not used to this. We're used to the surfboard weather you see on our postcards, which are captioned, "It never rains in California!"

The rest of our team, in Massachusetts, who have been stuck in mucky weather and have had the wood stove running for weeks just to avoid freezing to death, are understandably unsympathetic to the anguish we feel with our first rainy day of the year.

Anyway, every day is worth living, but rainy, running-late mornings that feature a surprise deficiency of eggs in the fridge and near collisions on the way to the office need reminders.

Lisa, of our Customer Service team, coincidentally thought to bring in such a reminder: Cookies. Now we at All Things Jeep are just ecstatic every time someone brings cookies to the office, but as you can see above, off-road baked goods are just about the best pick-me-up. Each home baked and decorated, with loving detail.

Thanks, Lisa, for making today not suck.

Jeepers looking to make their own versions of these cookies may get these cool Jeep cookie cutters, available only at AllthingsJeep!

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