I’ve been an auto enthusiast since I was a kid – my first word was “vroom” and my second was “car.”Yet whenever people try and buy holiday gifts for that they tend to end up spending a lot of money on things that don’t always work to well. I don’t need another $50 Ferrari key chain when I don’t own a Ferrari. This year I decided to try and change this trend by suggesting a few thing s that are more useful and significantly more fun than some of the typical holiday gifts auto enthusiasts are given.
We’ve got a list of gifts in several price ranges that you can use to spice up the holiday season of your auto enthusiast – read on for more!
A Car Book – $3 – $100
Car Books from Amazon
A car book is a great way to get your auto enthusiasts heart going and ready for the next season of waiting. Without giving a definitive choice, its probably a good idea to pick one on your auto enthusiasts favorite model. If you don’t know which one it is then take a peek in their garage – it’s the cleanest one. The book can set you back anywhere between $3 and $100 depending on which you decide to choose.
Season 13 of Top Gear – $18-$25
Top Gear DVDs From Amazon
If there is a true auto enthusiast out there who doesn’t love the hysterical car-themed antics of Jeremy Clarkson and the boys then I’ve yet to meet them. Grabbing the latest season of Top Gear makes a perfect gift for any auto enthusiast this holiday season. In fact, any season of Top Gear makes a great gift. The DVDs are reasonably priced at $18-$25 on Amazon, just don’t give them if you want to see your TV before the new year.
Driving Gloves – $25 – $35
Driving Gloves from Only Gloves
An under-rated item for quick driving is a nice comfortable pair of driving gloves. Aside from making you feel like (and act like) your inner race car driver, they do have a practical use in taking away some of the sweat and moisture from your hands. They allow you to feel what the car is doing and give you a little extra grip on the steering wheel. They’ll set you back about $25-$75 but that’s a small price to pay for something as classically stylish as driving gloves.
Garage Organizer or Tool Chest – $100 – $1000
Sears Tool Chests and Garage Organizers
Sometimes you auto enthusiast will be more of a tinkerer than a driver. It seems that tools expand to fill whatever space is available in the garage and start spilling out onto the floor so picking up a garage organizer for your car lover is a great way to give them a little extra storage space and help keep their garage a little more organized. You can get a pretty solid tool chest for anywhere from $100 – $1000, depending on just how big and solid you want it to be!
Radar Detector – $250 – $350
Escort Passport 8500 X50
If you have someone who loves to drive, then getting them a radar detector may be the best gift they can have. Worth its weight in unwritten tickets, the Passport 8500 X50 from Escort fits the bill nicely. Escort have long been the leader in radar detector sales and the Passport 8500 X50 has all the goodies with laser and radar protection, brightness and auto-sensitivity modes which make it very easy to operate. It will set you back about $250 to $350 but will help keep an auto enthusiasts change in their pocket.
Driving Experience $599 – $3,199
Skip Barber Racing School
If you’re looking to go with something unusual for the car lover who has everything then a Skip Barber Racing School experience cannot be beat. Skip Barber has a bunch of different options to teach your auto enthusiast the driving and race-craft. If you’re not sure which package would suit them best then you can grab a gift certificate and save if you purchase early, although certificates range from $599 to $3,199 so none of them are cheap.
One of these is sure to make the holiday a little better for your auto enthusiast and give them a surprise they’ll really love.