So, you know a car enthusiast and the Holidays are quickly approaching. While they might wish for a new or vintage car as a gift, that is usually out of anyone’s budget—instead, here are some affordable gifts for the petrol head in your life. From a build-your-own fuel cell car, heated cushion or some swank driving gloves, hopefully these gifts will inspire some ideas for a thoughtful and charming gift.
1. ‘Top Gear’ merchandise: For the car lover who isn’t quite just pure muscle car freak, and doesn’t mind a bit of British humor, Top Gear is a wonderfully written magazine that is based off of the popular British car show of the same name. And yes, they do ship out internationally. If not a magazine subscription, the Top Gear store has t-shirts, figurines and other knick-knack’s.
2. Vintage automotive poster: Instead of opting out for the usual hot babe posing on a equally gorgeous car, why not go a little retro? Places such as All Posters and Poster Classics sell reproductions of vintage advertisements, including ones for classic cars.
3. Racing video-games: Titles such as Need for Speed, Gran Turismo or Burnout are excellent gifts for the car lover that also has a gamer streak. Maybe even couple the game with a steering wheel game controller for the best experience.
4. Pass for indoor go-kart racing: If the weather is a bit cold in your area during the winter months, indoor go-kart racing will probably be the best bet. However, if you live in a nicer climate during the winter, don’t hesitate for that local go-kart track!
5. Gear Head fashion: Driving gloves are a popular gift for car lovers, or perhaps a nice motoring jacket. Know a lady car enthusiast? A nice silk scarf for a drive might prove to be a unique gift, too. Here are some men’s and women’s driving gloves.
6. Car accessories: A very common gift idea for car lovers is a fancy GPS, such as a Garmin or TomTom. However, other great accessories can include a heated cushion for the driver, should their car not have heated seats or maybe satellite radio.
7. The Supercar experience: Does your car loving friend, family member or significant other continually dream being able to take a drive in an Aston Martin, Ferrari or Lamborghini? Though this may be the most expensive on this list, it is also probably the coolest. Rent a supercar for a day (or weekend) for the gear head in your life! Check out these websites for some offers: Gotham Dream Cars and World Class Driving.
8. Build your own eco-friendly car: Okay, that was a bit misleading since it’s not a car that you can drive. Rather, it is a model car that runs off of water! Still very cool. The Fuel Cell Car is great for the aspiring car enthusiast or someone interested in the hybrid car industry.
9. Mobile iPod player and charger: This dock is more than just a player and charger for your iPod or other MP3 devices, however. It has an extra USB port to charge your phone as well as a nice little cradle for your music player. The cradle is adjustable for smaller MP3 devices, too. Check it out here!
10. Car cleaning kit/complimentary service: This would probably be more appropriate as a stocking stuffer gift, however, it is still relevant enough to bring up. Car cleaning kits are sold at Target, Wal-Mart and other such places or can be made by purchasing the products separately. If cleaning products aren’t an option, try getting the gear head a complimentary service such as tire rotation, a tune up or new brake pads.
There you have it! Ten Holiday gifts for the car enthusiast in your life. If none of these really have that “it” factor you’re looking for, try heading on over to Gifts.com and doing a search on car accessories, toys and other products that might be the perfect fit.
Otherwise, enjoy your Holiday season with your favorite car lover!
Follow Stephanie on Twitter for more updates!