The best gifts for car enthusiasts (aside from gifting the car of their dreams, of course) are things that embody features of favorite models or enhance the driving experience. While you could just give a gift card to the local auto parts store, that doesn’t capture a personal feel to show how much you care. Here are five no-fail gifts for the car enthusiast in your life.
1. Driving gloves
Driving gloves have been around since the 1890s. While these specialized gloves were initially to protect hands and keep them clean on far bumpier rides than today, they have re-emerged as a staple for high-end car enthusiasts. Driving gloves differ from regular gloves in that they are unlined, allowing more sensitivity to small vibrations that add to the experience of driving favorite routes. They also have ventilation holes that keep hands dry and cool.
Look for a grippy soft leather with an adjustable wrist snap if you want a quality pair of gloves, according to Gentleman’s Gazette.
2. Polarized sunglasses
Sunglasses are not just made to be stylish or block a bit of glare when on the road. They also increase the safety of driving, reducing eye strain and improving visibility when facing the sun. Polarized sunglasses are the cream of the crop in combating high-glare conditions without compromising visibility. Unlike regular sunglasses, the polarized variety tones down reflections off of light-colored pavement, car hoods, and other flat surfaces.
3. Replica model of a favorite car
Every car enthusiast has a favorite make and model of car, which is what makes a miniature version of that one of the best gifts you can give them. For enthusiasts with a do-it-yourself proficiency, a car model kit can provide some fun in the assembly. It’s also possible to purchase a diecast model car, but miniature dream cars can be found in virtually any material from plastic to wood to even cakes or other edible treats.
4. Subscription to a car magazine
Give the gift that keeps on giving with a magazine subscription. There’s sure to be one that fits your car enthusiast’s specific interests. Try one of these popular reads:
- Auto Week
- Car & Driver
- Car Craft
- Classic Car
- Classic Motorsports
- Green Car Journal
- Hot Rod
- Motor Trend
- Road & Track
This list is far from comprehensive. There are also magazines devoted to specific makes or models, so it’s easily possible to find a subscription that will tickle your car enthusiast.
5. Car cleaning kit
Car enthusiasts want to show off their cars, and that means keeping them sparkly clean. After all, it’s hard to turn heads or point out the finer details at a car show if the surfaces are covered in grit and grime. You could purchase a ready-made car cleaning gift basket or make your own. The following items are a must-have for any car cleaning product collection:
- Bucket with grit guard
- Car washing liquid with neutral pH
- Detail spray
- Microfibre towels
- Polish and wax
- Sponge or hand mitt
- Tire cleaner
- Wheel cleaner and brush
- Window cleaner
- Interior cleaning wipes
You can also include air freshener to make the car smell as good as it looks. There are sprays, canisters, and clips to choose from in a wide array of tantalizing scents.