Do you know any car enthusiasts who love their vehicles? A car guy or girl who never runs out of things to say about driving?
If the person you’re holiday shopping for is the practical sort who doesn’t want clutter and scoffs at decorative gifts, then consider buying them something for their car. They’ll appreciate having something functional that can make their drive more comfortable or bail them out of some roadside trouble.
To make shopping easier this holiday season, we’ve compiled the 10 best gifts for car owners. There are items in this article to suit every budget — some cost about as much as a standard stocking stuffer, while others are more of a splurge for a dear family member or friend. Conveniently, they can all be purchased online and make the perfect gift for the automotive enthusiast in your life. Check them out:
All-Purpose Car-Care Kit
For the exacting car owner who’s particular about the look of their ride, you can’t go wrong with an all-purpose car-care kit that can be used to clean and maintain a vehicle’s many parts. A good basic kit should have essential products like:
- Car-washing liquid
- Polish and wax
- Glass cleaner
- Interior detailer
- Tire cleaner
Kit for Roadside Emergencies
A car emergency kit can be easy to overlook, but when disaster strikes and your gift recipient is stranded on the road, they’ll be glad to have one stashed in their vehicle. The kits on the market can vary in their offerings, but the one you buy as a gift should include the following:
- Jumper cables
- Tire-pressure gauge
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Triangle reflectors or road flares
- Essential tools like screwdrivers, pliers, and a utility knife
- First-aid kit
Pet Stain and Odor Remover
If the car owner you’re shopping for frequently takes drives with their pet, then they’ll probably appreciate a gift that can safely remove stains and neutralize odors in their vehicle. They may have to deal with unsightly marks and odors from their pet’s bodily waste, vomit, and saliva. Look for a natural product that can be used on various surfaces and won’t expose animals to harmful toxins.
Heated Seat Cover
If your gift recipient didn’t get heated seats as an add-on for their car, then you can buy them a heated seat cover to keep them warm in the winter. Using a heated cover can be as simple as strapping it to the seat, plugging it into the vehicle’s 12-volt DC outlet, and turning on the heat setting. For maximum versatility, look for a heated seat cover with a universal fit, meaning it can be installed in most cars, trucks, and RVs.
The idea behind this gift is pretty obvious — if you can’t see, you can’t drive. Polarized sunglasses are especially good at reducing glare from the sun, headlights, and lights reflecting off surfaces because they contain a special chemical filter. A sturdy pair of shades doesn’t come cheap, but think of it as an investment in your gift recipient’s safety.
Car Phone Mount
For safe, hands-free calling and navigation — and to avoid being pulled over by the police for distracted driving — that special car owner in your life may benefit from having a car phone mount. There are two types of mounts: Those that are attached to an air vent and those that are attached to the dashboard or windshield. The latter offer more versatility in terms of placement in a vehicle.
In addition, car phone mounts use either a magnetic system or a spring-loaded grip to hold smartphones. If you know that your car owner likes to switch between phones, then go for a mount with a spring-loaded grip.
Portable Car Charger
Portable car chargers are convenient since you don’t need standard jumper cables and another vehicle to jump-start a dead battery. Instead, these small storage hubs of electricity charge using regular extension cords, adapters, or USB ports. They can even be used as a battery bank for mobile devices.
You’ll have to do some research first to determine the engine size, fuel type, and battery voltage of your gift recipient’s car. You want to ensure that the portable car charger you buy is compatible with the vehicle.
If the person you’re holiday shopping for is always losing their keys, then do them a favor and buy them a key finder. This is a small receiver, or tracking device, that can be attached to a keyring or any other regularly lost item. When a person loses their keys, they just need to hit a button and the finder emits an alarm to guide them to their target.
Key finders use radio frequencies (RF) or Bluetooth. RF finders are much more basic, typically comprising a remote and a receiver. Bluetooth key finders, on the other hand, are controlled by a smartphone app and they can usually track items over a greater distance.
Car Mini Fridge
A car mini fridge is perfect for the car owner who loves road trips or camping. You just need to plug it in to enjoy a cold drink. Some machines can even pull double-duty as a warmer.
Wireless Charging Travel Kit
This is a great holiday gift for the car owner on the go. A wireless charging travel kit should be compact and portable. And ideally, it will be compatible with multiple devices and come with several adapters so the car owner can get a charge no matter what.