If you are a multi-millionaire and seeking a gift for an auto enthusiast, your task is fairly simple: buy them a new Bugati Veyron 16.4. Leave it in the driveway and wrap the keys in any old Rolex box you might have lying around. Voila! Mission accomplished.
For the rest of us seeking the best Christmas and holiday gifts for automobile and car enthusiasts, we may be limited by our budget, time, or availability. Here are some ideas that might fit your bill:
1. A Cleaning Caddy or Kit
Yeah, I put this on another list with reservations. It was one titled “The 5 Worst Holiday or Christmas Gifts for Husbands” and was suggested by a couple of guys who had received this gift – they thought – in the hope of free car care for their wives. For an auto enthusiast, however, this would a great idea. You can buy a caddy and purchase gifts individually and based their preferences or several retailers are offering this gift already assembled. For instance, Armor All has a variety of gift packs available at Walmart, Kmart, Target and Sears.
2. A Car Magazine Subscription
If your budget is limited and you prefer a gift that gives on throughout the year, consider a subscription to a car magazine. In addition to the more general Car and Driver and Road & Track, there are also lesser known car and model-specific publications, such as 5.0 Mustang Magazine or Dupont Registry Fine Autos. Most of these magazines have easily-located website where you can order a gift subscription in time for this upcoming Christmas.
3. A Car Store Gift Card
If your car enthusiast’s wants and needs leave you baffled as to what he or she might want or need, consider an automotive store gift card. Advance Auto, Pep Boys, Auto Zone and NAPA Auto Parts all offer gift cards so that your own racecar driver or road enthusiast can buy what they want. Larger stores with well-known auto parts and supplies departments such as Sears and Walmart also offer gift cards.
4. A Gas Station Gift Card
You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate a gas station gift card, but they come in extra handy for those driving high-speed, fuel-guzzling art cars. Sheetz, Shell, Amoco and Chevron are a few among many that offer gift cards for purchase.
5. Driving Gloves
Your auto enthusiast might enjoy a pair of driving gloves, which range in price at Speedwaymotors.com from $25 to $130 per pair. Whether a more expensive pair of gloves will help your auto enthusiast traverse the commute home faster is a question for another article, but he or she will certainly look sportier!
6. A Car Detailing Gift Certificate
The best car detailing businesses are local. So, depending upon the location of your planned gift recipient, go to your favorite search engine, type in “car detailing,” and add the city and state. Give several a call to determine what their fees and the extent of their services are. Many car-detailing businesses also offer examples of their work, fees, and services on Facebook so you can determine exactly what you might want.
7. A Dancing Girl in a Hula Skirt
What’s a ride without a hula-attired dancing Hawaiian girl on the dashboard? Available for under $10 at dynolicious.com, she can be your car enthusiast’s “shotgun” companion for many a mile.