Quick Christmas Gift Ideas For Car Fanatics
There’s a gift in here for all types of car loversby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 18:51
We’re down to one week before Christmas. Some of you are probably done with your holiday shopping. All your gifts are wrapped, ready to be ripped open. Unfortunately, not everyone’s done with their Christmas shopping. That’s just how it always seems to play out. A lot of us wait until the last weekend before Christmas to get our holiday shopping done. If you happen to belong to this group of people, have no fear. We’re here to help all of you get a late jumpstart on your holiday shopping with some cool gif ideas for car lovers. There are a lot of cool gifts on this list, some cooler than others, and some more expensive than others. It depends on you which ones you’d like to get for that special someone. But for what it’s worth, you can’t go wrong with any of these items.
Dyson V7 Car+Boat Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson’s V7 Car+Boat handheld vacuum cleaner is the perfect gift for those who aren’t particularly careful about leaving crumbs or whatever knick-knacks strewn around their cars. This gift is for the Messy Bessy’s and Grubby Bobby’s of the world. The vacuum looks cool — it has a bit of Jetsonian flair to its design — and it offers a rich selection of cleaning tools, which is its primary purpose anyway. It can also last up to 30 minutes between charges. That should be more than enough to clean the interior of your car. There are different versions of this product that are available, but for my money, I suggest you opt for the Dyson V7 Car+Boat vacuum cleaner. It’s a little steep in the pricing department — $240 isn’t anything to sneeze at — but it’s a good investment to keep the interior of your cars in spic and span condition.
Meguiar’s G55032SP Complete Car Care Kit
No self-respecting, car-related Christmas gift list is complete without mentioning a Meguiar’s, one of the most famous car care companies in business. This gift is perfect for those who have turned the chore of cleaning a car into a hobby, or worse, an obsession. Ok, it’s not a bad thing for someone who’s obsessed with keeping his car clean. In that light, this would be a perfect gift idea. Meguiar’s G55032SP complete car care kit only costs a little over $50, and with that amount, you stand to receive car-wash liquid, a liquid wax that’s great for detailing, a pair of 50-gram clay bars with a clamshell container, microfiber wash mitts, and a number of other useful car-cleaning knick-knacks. Give this gift to the right person, and for sure, you’re going to make someone’s Christmas a lot better.
Stanley STMT71654 201-Piece Mechanics Tool Set
Every car fanatic needs tools. That’s indisputable. Whether it’s a small tool kit or something that would make James Bond proud, no car should be caught without a toolkit. It just so happens that toolkits also make for perfect Christmas presents, especially for those who constantly talk about wanting to work on their cars but don’t have the tools to do it. For just $69.99, the Stanley STMT71654 201-Piece Mechanics Tool Set should address those needs. This product is perfect for its variety — there are 201 total pieces in the set — and it multipurpose function. It includes eight combination wrenches, six-point regular and deep sockets, and drive tools that are forged from high-quality steel and finished in high-polish nickel chrome or black chrome. All the items included in the toolset are manufactured to the highest of quality standards, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth when you give it to somebody who loves cars.
ESCORT MAX360 Laser Radar Detector
There once was a time when radar detectors made for weird gifts. But with the rapid rate of technological development, those days are long gone. Today, radar detectors not only make cool gifts, but they’re necessary gifts, too, especially for those people who drive with a heavy foot. If you’re looking to get one for a family member or a friend, Escort’s Max 360 radar detector is the one you need to get. Its status as one of the best radar detectors in the business is bolstered by a handful of useful tech features, including Escort’s patented 360° protection and patented anti-falsing technology. This tech uses the power of GPS and the exact frequency to learn and remember false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology sources. In other words, you’ll only hear important alerts that are relevant to you. The radar detector also features Escort Advantage, a system that includes thousands of pre-loaded locations that gives you the protection you need while you’re out on the road. Max 360 can be connected to your iPhone or Android phone and show you data reported by other users in your area. The item doesn’t come cheap — it costs almost $500 — but if you’re looking to splurge on a radar sector, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that’s better than the Max 360.
MRCUFF Speedometer & Fuel Guage MPH Race Car Auto Racing Pair Cufflinks
Style makes the man, or at least that’s what the saying goes. If you know someone who lives and breathes by those words, then you won’t have a hard time buying him a Christmas present. For just $19.99, you can gift that person with these car-themed cufflinks that feature a fuel gauge on one link and a speedometer on the other. The cufflinks look classy, and they go with just about any kind of formal or business attire. They can be worn with a suit, tuxedo, or if your friend is the fashion-forward type, he can mix-and-match and find some use for them in whatever ensemble he ends up wearing. The package arrives in a hard-sided presentation box, so it’s very gift-ready. More importantly, they’re attention-grabbers. If your friend knows how to dress up in style, he’ll have perfect use for these cufflinks. If he’s not, well, you can tell him that they go well on a suit. A black one, preferably.
LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron
Personally, this is the gift that I want. If anybody out there is kind and generous enough to get me the Bugatti Chiron car building kit by LEGO Technic, then I’m forever indebted to you. Obviously, I’m kidding. Even more obvious, this is as sick a Christmas gift as you can get for your car-loving buddy. It is, without question, one of the coolest gifts that your $350 can buy. The kit isn’t for the weak-of-heart, folks, even if you’re giving it to someone who’s a veteran of LEGO builds. The 1:8 scale kit comes with a whopping 3,599 parts and the kind of elaborate detail that’s going to make for a great display piece on anybody’s mantle. It comes with a steep price tag, sure, but if you love the person enough to spend that much money for him, then by all means, go spend on the Chiron LEGO kit. Trust me; he’s going to love it. Maybe not as much as me, but that’s a different story for another day.
Drive Auto Products Car Seat Protector
Most of us have probably seen it. You’re driving down the highway, and you notice a head sticking out from another car. It takes a few seconds before you realize that it’s a dog’s head that you’re seeing. A lot of car owners bring their pets with them in their cars. It’s not the most hygienic thing to do, but I understand why so many people to do it. Fortunately, there’s a remedy to make sure that the interior of your car doesn’t get nicked up when your pets are riding shotgun in the front passenger seat. Drive Auto Products is offering protective seat covers that can keep the leather or cloth upholstery in your car from scratches, stains, or worse, your pet’s call of nature. The seat protectors feature thick foam padding, are heat-resistant and was developed with color-safe technology. These protective seat covers aren’t the flashiest gifts you can give, but they can help prevent your friend from spending more than he wants in the event his car’s cabin catches any stains or scratches. Best of all, they only cost $23.97. That’s a good deal for a Christmas present.
mophie charge stream Qi wireless vent mount
Everyone’s on-the-go these days, so it’s incumbent that they’re smartphones are always well-charged. In the event you have that one friend who seems to be allergic to power banks, you can give him the gift of wireless charging courtesy of the mophie charge stream Qi wireless vent mount. This gift idea costs a bit of money — $69.95 — but if you’re willing to spend for that special someone, he’s going to receive an item that delivers up to 10W of charging power to his smartphone. The wireless vent mount is easy to attach, too. It’s also easy to use with just one hand, and it’s capable of charging any iPhone or Android smartphone using the Qi industry standard. You’re not just getting the mount by itself, either. It’s bundled with a car adapter and a charging cable, ensuring that your friend has no more excuse when he doesn’t respond to your messages or calls.
Roav Dash Cam C2 Pro by Anker
Dashcams are all the rage these days, and it’s not just because people want to be included in the fad. Dashcams have become important equipment for any car, especially in cases where it records an accident or something that could get someone YouTube infamy. On that end, the Anker Roav C2 Pro is a perfect gift for that friend who wants to capture high-definition 1080p video when he’s driving along the highway. The Roav C2 Pro is arguably one of the best dash cams in its price class. It features a high-tech Sony STARVIS sensor that’s responsible for capturing crystal-clear video in all lighting conditions. The dashcam also comes with intuitive controls, accurate GPS tracking, a built-in G sensor, and a wide-angle lens that can see four lanes of traffic. You can use the dashcam in your daily drives, but you can also use it to record hot laps when you have track days. It also comes with a microSD card so you can store your footage in the event you need it for proof, whether it’s for the authorities or for YouTube. The Anker Roav C2 Pro costs $149.99.