Top Gifts for the Car Lover in Your Life

Finding the perfect holiday gift for a loved one can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. But, if there’s a car lover in your life, there’s no reason to settle for a boring tie or fruitcake; this list of gifts for car lovers provides plenty of car-related options that should make gift-giving a little easier.

Automotive Brand Apparel

Whether they spend their spare time shining up a classic car in the garage or taking Sunday drives in their cherished convertible, the automotive enthusiasts in your life might find that a branded T-shirt, baseball cap or jacket gives them the opportunity to show some pride in the vehicle that they love so much.

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

It’s always important to check your tire pressure, and you can make the process a little easier with this stocking stuffer. The car nut in your family will thank you, since he or she probably knows that properly inflated tires can help keep you safe and add up to longer tire life and better fuel economy.

A Travel Mug

Few things would ruin a car lover’s day more than spilled coffee during the morning commute, so help them out with a good travel mug. Look for an insulated mug that will keep their coffee hot, and a spill-proof lid to keep their ride clean.

Cell Phone Mount

If your car buff doesn’t have a navigation system in his or her vehicle, there’s a good chance they use an app on their smartphone to help them get from point A to point B. You can help them keep their eyes on the road by wrapping up a cell phone mount this holiday season. Most mounts use a suction cup to secure the smartphone to the windshield, which will help keep the smartphone’s screen in their line of sight. (Just make sure to remind the recipient that they should never make adjustments to the cellphone while they’re driving.)

Portable GPS

A portable GPS might be just the thing for the auto geek who doesn’t have a navigation system, and doesn’t like depending on a smartphone app to get directions. Some GPS units even include other useful tech features, such as Bluetooth and satellite radio.

Driving Shoes

If the car lover in your life is also a fashion enthusiast, a pair of driving shoes is a great way to combine style and function. These stylish slip-ons (sometimes called “driving loafers” or “driving moccasins”) were created during the Italian roadster’s glory days in the 1960s, complete with special “nubs” on their soles to make accelerating and braking easy and comfortable.

Wrenches or a Socket Set

If you’re shopping for someone who’s always tinkering with a car in the garage, the right tools will make this hobby even more enjoyable. A set of ratcheting box wrenches or a mechanic’s tool set can help

So, if you’ve been scratching your head over what to get the car lover in your life for the holidays, these automotive gifts will help you spread some holiday cheer — without wrapping up that too-festive Christmas sweater or questionable fruitcake.

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