In honor of those for whom the garage beckons and the open road calls!
Gifts for car lovers are abundant, but is it easy to find one that fits your particular auto enthusiast? Maybe. I know my car enthusiast can be finicky at times.
So if yours is like mine and can be a little, um, particular about his (or her!) car stuff, look no further. The team at L&L has already done the internet scouring for you, and we’ve assembled a list of what we think are the best gift ideas to give your car lover friend, dad, brother, or anyone really!
Whether it’s the holidays, father’s day, a birthday, or another celebration, we’re grabbing the steering wheel to guide you towards some great gift ideas. So buckle up, put on your driving shoes, and let’s get this gift driving experience on the road!
Gifts for Car Lovers
1. Engraved Vehicle Blueprint Art
If he (or she!) loves their car, this is the perfect gift.
Select their vehicle (there are hundreds to choose from) and this shop will laser engrave the blueprints for the make and model along with their name and a personal message from you (optional). Mediums of choice include anodized aluminum, black or white acrylic, and cherry hardwood. They even frame it for you!
2. Chemical Guys Car Wash Kit
Those who truly have a love affair with their car will treat her like the queen she is. Washing, waxing the car’s finish, and detailing the car’s interior is a labor of love! That’s why you’ll find a great car wash kit in every car lover’s garage.
This one comes with everything they’ll need to care for their baby: a microfiber wash mitt, a short handle brush to get in those nooks and crannies, microfiber towels for spotless drying, a foam gun, snow soap foam, specialty glass cleaner, wheel gel, and tons more product for pro cleaning at home.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.
3. Portable Car Vacuum
There’s nothing better than getting into a spotlessly detailed car, and no pro car wash/detail kit is complete without a great vacuum. After all, keeping the inside pristine is just as important as the outside, amirite?
We chose this one because it’s perfect for keeping in the trunk when unexpected messes arise or in the garage between trips. Just plug it into the car’s 12V power port, and they’ll be ready to get cleaning.
Its great suction power works for both wet and dry messes. It also comes with 3 nozzles to grab the gunk from all of those little hard to reach places in the car. Finally, its HEPA filter helps keep allergies to a minimum, and it even comes with a spare.
4. Collapsible Portable Trunk and Backseat Organizer
This organizer gift idea has it all. Adjustable compartments and removable sub-dividers, an inside mesh compartment, even a section designed to hold bottles snug and upright (no more beer bottles rolling around in the trunk on the way to the campsite).
He can strap it into the car and use it exclusively as an emergency kit. Or grab it by the handles to transport things like tools, groceries, camping and sports gear, whatever he hauls around.
5. Tire Thermal Coffee Mug
For the mechanic in your life, or any car enthusiast! This thermos is so fun and will keep their hot beverages hot or cold beverages cold for up to 5 hours. It’s a unique gift that’s also practical.
He’ll get lots of compliments from the guys at work, and especially on Saturday mornings when he takes it to his local “cars and coffee” gathering. (If he doesn’t know what that is, clue him in now. Here you go.)
6. Personalized Garage Sign
Suppose your gear-head spends his weekends tinkering on his car or does mechanic work on the side for friends. In that case, a personalized sign is just what he needs to show everyone the car gift doctor is in!
Specify his/her name and year of establishment, then choose a size and color combo to personalize it and watch his automotive shrine shine. Those dudes from those Motor Trend TV shows got nothin’ on his garage.
7. “I’d Rather Be In The Garage” Socks
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Does he have an office job? Would he rather spend his time under a car’s hood instead of at his desk? Give him these socks to wear to work. They’ll convey the subtle message stylishly.
8. Funny Car Lovers Mugs
There are so many hilarious mugs for car lovers out there, it’s impossible to commit to just one, so we figured we’d show you the whole selection.
My personal fave is “I may look like I’m listening to you, but in my head, I’m thinking about cars.” Probably because it speaks to the truth of my marriage. It’s all good though, that vacant look on his face is a small price to pay for a free mechanic.
Would your car lover protect his auto-baby with his life? If so, and especially if he owns a classic, do him a favor and get him a dashcam so he doesn’t have to stand guard.
It automatically records on loop and will capture video when it detects a bump or collision. It also features a motion detector, night vision capabilities, and a 150-degree wide-angle lens to minimize blind spots. Car anxiety: neutralized.
10. Creeper Seat
This thing is a life (and body) saver! It’s comfy, padded frame converts from a seat to a fully reclining creeper, and the swivel casters make it easy for him or her to maneuver around tricky areas.
People underestimate the amount of physical activity it takes to work on a car, seriously. If you’re torquing stubborn nuts under the hood, or loosening bolts and removing oil pans under the vehicle, it puts a lot of strain on the ol’ neck and back.
Give your favorite car lover this padded creeper seat, and you’ll hear way less swearing from the garage and complaining when they come back in the house. Trust us on this one.
11. Classic Cars Notebook
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: everyone needs a notebook. They come in useful as a planner, a place to jot down parts and/or service information. They’re also great for recording deep thoughts like whether a 1964 Camaro could beat a leopard in a street race.
This colorful notebook design features classic cars of all kinds and would make a great gift idea for the classic enthusiast.
12. “Just One More Car Part” T-Shirt
Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard this one before. It’s all promises until he comes back from a car show towing the hollow chassis of something he’s “definitely going to finish” by the end of the year.
However, there is something endearing about the automotive hobbyist’s commitment and drive (ha! pun!). We think this is a great shirt for those with a soft spot for an orphaned car. It would be great to wear to a car show or the next cars n’ coffee he attends. (If you don’t know what that is, see number 5 on this list.) He’ll get lots of nods of understanding.
13. Hairsheep Leather Driving Gloves
These classically luxurious leather driving gloves will keep his hands warm AND he’ll look like a million bucks driving that convertible race car (or a Ferrari Portofino that everyone has in the garage, right?).
Made from hairsheep leather, these gloves are lightweight and feature an elasticated palm for comfortable grip and handling. Shall we say they… fit like a glove?
Besides, they’re the same gloves that Daniel Craig wore as James Bond in Spectra! How could he not love them?
14. Car and Driver Magazine Subscription
Whether he’s looking for parts for a classic car, checking out accessories, or perusing the latest and greatest the market has to offer, a subscription to Car and Driver is a magnificent resource.
The folks at Car and Driver know their cars inside and out. They also conduct reviews and road tests, so when the time comes for a new four-wheeled companion to occupy the garage, he’ll get the skinny straight from industry pros.
Have You Hugged Your Car Lover Today?
It’s easy to see why many people from all walks of life are into motorsports, antique cars, and toolin’ around in the garage. After all, cars are such an integral part of life (here in the US in particular), and have such a fascinating history!
Not to mention, some cars are just undeniably gorgeous, no matter what you’re into.
So hug your car guy (or gal) today, or at least give them a gift that speaks to their obsession for things that have four wheels and a motor. They’ll definitely appreciate it!
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