My father was a mechanic by trade and was always fixing up old cars. Even as a child I saw his passion for cars shine through and wanted to participate in helping him fix them up. My first Christmas that I had a job and was able to purchase gifts for my father myself I was at a loss at what to buy. The most mechanic-like thing I’ve done was hold a flashlight. I thought long and hard and came up with the idea to not buy a gift for him but for his car! My father viewed his car similar to how he viewed me and my sister almost! So of course if I got him something for his car he’d be a lot more pleased then another tie and socks.
The years went on and I found it easier and easier to buy things that pleased dad. Now I don’t even have to plan out what I will get him months in advance! Here is a list to help you survive the holiday season when it comes to buying for your car-enthusiast friend or family member.
1. Ultima Autospa Quick Detail Bundle
When the enthusiast is all said and done with the rebuild or tune up of his or her car the next thing to do is scrub it down and take her for a spin! This bundle will be sure to leave a beautiful shine without soap and water for those in between wash weeks or when taking the car to a show. It’s a very versatile solution to any and all problems that may arise while driving to point a to point b. This gentle spray is safe for everything on the interior to the exterior. At a reasonable price like this, it’s a great kit to have in the truck in case of dirt and grime ’emergencies’ when you need your car looking good without a car wash in site.
2. Snap on 21-inch Trunk Organizer and Tool Carrier
I be live snap on to be the standard when it comes to tools and their accessories. This trunk organizer is extremely durable and includes reflective tape for a easy visual. Even the best of mechanics are prone to mistakes and when your stuck on the side of the road it helps to have the basics along. This stylish organizer looks nice in the back of a truck and in the event of a emergency can be a life saver. It even flaunts a business card holder you can tuck in a gift card or a business card of the local towing service if you think they might need it!
3. Car Cover
When the day is done and the car needs to go back to the garage it’s nice to have a car cover to protect the paint from dust and grime. It can be a lifesaver if the only place you can park it is outside were the car will be exposed to wind, rain, and sunlight that car harm the exterior over time. Try buying your loved one a universal sized car cover if you don’t know the make and model of the car it will be used for or try a waterproof version if the car will be outside.
4. GPS System
If your loved one is anything like me and ‘direction-unable’, a GPS system can be a absolute lifesaver when trying to find your way around a new town. Many now a days can even life stream traffic conditions and select the fastest route to your destination. Keep in mind that electronics can be tricky, so offer your help with instillation if you can or see if another friend or family member can offer some time to help
5. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
This is something people don’t think of buying often, but with as many times as a car enthusiast clean and shines their car, you’d think they would eventually wear out their rags! It’s a nice gift to add to a basket with car wash, oils, and cleaners to make the holiday the success!
If all else fails, a great piece of advice heard over and over again is buy a gift card. Try a place like AutoZone or Kregan Auto Parts if you have one locally. This allows the person to purchase exactly what they want or possibly a part they may need.