Nearly everyone has an auto enthusiast on their gift list this holiday season. You know the type; swivel neck when a flashy or classic car goes by; perpetual visitor to Harbor Freight, Kragen-O’Reilly, True Value, and AutoZone, on the off chance something new has come in since last visited, and the first one in the neighborhood to know all about the latest vehicles. Make that person happy this year with a gift that acknowledges his or her passion for the road.
Tire pressure gauge: Anyone who owns something with tires should have a tire pressure gauge or two, available at WalMart, or any auto parts store. Typically a silver metal color, individualize the gauge with a tiny decal.
Matching afghan or blanket: Select a soft, warm afghan or blanket that blends with the interior or exterior of the truck or car. There’s still time to knit or crochet one, or shop craft fairs for the perfect match. Otherwise, thank heavens for stores and online shopping.
NASCAR or speedway tickets: Depending on your budget, give a pair of tickets to the closest NASCAR or speedway race. Select a date when the person can get there easily, and if you wish, enclose a gift card for Shell or other gasoline station to help them get there.
Specialized key chain: Whether boasting his or her initial, or the logo of his or her favorite car, a key chain is a welcome item. Some people use them; others keep them in the Hallowed Hall of Collectibles. Either option is a compliment.
“History of” book: Watch out, Borders! Borders traditionally has sales this time of year on books that give the history of particular cars, such as Mustang, Corvette, and just about any other car you can name. The hard-covered books are loaded with pictures, and will be a great addition to the library.
“Hot Wheels” replica: If they are away from their favorite vehicle, they can take this miniature version as a reminder. Again, this is an item that might find a spot in the Hallowed Hall of Collectibles.
The Real Thing: If you are in the mood to give the real thing – don’t! A car is a personal item, and what looks great to you might not be what the recipient is looking for. Instead, take them car looking. After one or two are selected, do some serious talking. Find out about insurance, registration, warranty, and mileage. Many car enthusiasts would rather restore a car than buy one new; the classic can go on the road to local car shows, giving them the opportunity to brag and show off their knowledge of their favorite subject.
Gasoline gift cards: This is one gift that will be used, whether a person has a vehicle or not. Most service stations discovered that the mini-market and food counter is where the real money is made. Offering anything from A to Z, your gift will be appreciated and valued. As a bonus, it only needs one Forever stamp to send it by mail.
Enjoy your gift shopping, and Merry Christmas!
Based on personal experience