O.K. Guys like cars. It’s been that way since Henry Ford found a way to mass produce the Model T and seemingly put one in every driveway. Guys like to tinker with cars, improve their performance, make them shine or make them fast. Their need gives you the perfect opportunity to get the perfect gift for the auto enthusiast or car guy in your life.
They are a man’s favorite toy. However, he needs many other toys in order to keep his creation moving fast and running correctly or to help
Here are five ideas for great Christmas gifts for your auto enthusiast:
Does your car guy attend automobile races, use a lap top or drink coffee? Sounds like a crazy few items to compare but they all have one basic need in common: electricity. Get your car guy an 80-watt power inverter that converts the form of electricity generated by his car and turns it into the electricity needed to power household items.
The unit is available from Harbor Freight for an almost stocking-stuffer price of $14.99. A 200-watt unit costs $25.99. He can run a coffee maker, charge up his laptop, or operate a blender.
Getting a tool for your car guy is always a difficult choice because specific cars and specific jobs require specific tools. Each backyard mechanic also has his own preference to the type of tools and the brand he prefers. You may consider a basic eight-piece screwdriver set ($6.99) because it looks good and doesn’t cost too much money. However, he’s probably got way too many screwdrivers already along with an assortment of sockets, ratchets and extensions.
Since no guy will admit he’s going to drop a tool, lose a tool or lose a bolt, get him something that will come in handy every time he does. Buy him a heavy-duty magnetic pickup tool which costs about $9. Let’s say he drops a socket down the middle of a Ford V-8 and underneath the intake manifold. It’s too dark down there to see the socket he dropped. However, he’ll be able to pull out his magnetic pickup and slide it around the area where he thought he dropped the socket. Within moments he will find his lost tool and he will be all happy again.
Remember, a man is only as good as his tools. A car guy is no good if he loses them.
3-in-1 Jump Start/Compressor
Sooner or later your car guy is going to have tire go flat or a dead battery. A 3-in-1 combination jump start/compressor unit will allow him to jump his battery to get going again. If he gets a flat tire, he can inflate the tire with the compressor and get to garage where he can have it properly repaired. It’s also perfect for inflating pool rafts, bicycle tires or wheel barrel tires. It’s a little costly at $59.99, but he’ll save money the first time he doesn’t have to call for a jump. A unit without the air compressor retails for about $49.99.
The units are about the size of a briefcase so you can easily store them away in the trunk of your car or behind the seat of his pickup truck.
If your car guy likes to tinker on his automobiles, he knows that sooner or later something is going to go wrong. A wire he connected will come lose, for example. Or maybe he will just get a flat tire. Get him a mini-spotlight that retails for $4.99. The mini spotlight comes with a 9-foot electrical cord and plugs into his vehicle’s cigarette lighter. It’s about 3 inches by 3 inches in size so it will fit underneath a seat or in the trunk and out of view when he doesn’t need it. But as soon as he has a flat tire after midnight, he’ll be thankful he’ll have the light that it provides to see the wheel that needs chaning.
Car guys love cars and the like auto racing even more. Consider getting a ticket to an event you car guy likes. If your guy enjoys NASCAR, Indycar, AMA motorcycles, DIRT racing or short-track oval racing, there’s a race that he wants to see. Especially with the economy still under water, many tracks are offering early season discounts on tickets for the upcoming year. You’ll save money by ordering now and he’ll enjoy the wait to see his favorite drivers in action.