‘Tis the season to start holiday shopping! You know those TV commercials where someone is presented with a new car adorned with a big, beautiful red bow and the gift giver is showered in hugs and squeals of delight from the gift recipient? Certainly, a car is a generous thought, but impractical and unrealistic for most. You needn’t stress about what to give to the car lover in your life with our list of best gift ideas for car lovers, all you have to do is add the bow!
Keep It Clean
If there’s a meticulously clean, car lover in your life or even a “Messy Marvin” they’ll appreciate the simplicity of a car trash can. There are so many different types of trash cans to choose from including some that fit right in a cup holder, slim cans that fit between the seats, a receptacle that hangs off the driver or passenger seat, and even a vent clip mini trash can.
Dash cams are an ideal gift for any driver and can even come in handy if an accident occurs or you want to monitor your teen driver’s driving habits. Look for dash cams that produce a wider view for seeing objects, animals, or people on the side of the road. Search for cameras that are equipped with IR Night Vision for nighttime recording and have a high FPS, or frames per second. Higher frame rates prevent skipping or blurred images. Be sure to consider temperatures and humidity when it comes to mounting and overall use. Extreme temperatures may limit features such as built-in screens and battery life.
Let them know you’re thinking about them with a personalized gift. Personalized key chains designed by you, with favorite photos through image publishing companies (think Shutterfly, Costco, and even WalMart) are a thoughtful gift. For a more classic look, have a keychain engraved through engraving businesses.
Is your favorite car lover a fan of a certain brand of car? Sports fans wear jerseys and t-shirts of their favorite sports teams. Why not give the gift of branded auto apparel? Car lovers will be proud to wrap themselves up in a Honda Sweatshirt, a Ferrari jacket, or Audi polo shirt as well as get use out of other branded merchandise such as hats, bags, backpacks, travel mugs, and more.
Does your car enthusiast enjoy their vintage vehicle but long for modern novelties like Bluetooth-enabled features? Give the gift of Bluetooth with a specialized adapter! Whether your car lover likes to jam out to tunes or make calls through the speakers, a Bluetooth receiver is all they need to accomplish such modern amenities. Adapters come in three styles: through the car’s auxiliary-audio port, an FM transmitter broadcasted through FM radio waves or a specialized Bluetooth speakerphone. Though the first two are ideal options for phone calls and listening to music, the last one is equipped with its own speakers and is designed to produce better sound quality for making and taking calls.
Life Is a Highway
Maps? Asking for directions? Forget it. Gift the gift of a GPS system to the frequent road-tripper! GPS or global positioning systems are connected to satellites that come in handy when cell phone apps are not able due to no service or a dead battery. Portable GPS systems are compact and easy to carry for travel. Look for models with valuable qualities such as:
- Screen size over 5in for optimal viewing.
- Fast processor for faster results.
- Simple interface for use on the go.
- Voice Commands for hands-free operation.
- Real-Time Traffic for avoiding heavy trafficked, construction, or other areas.
- Map Availability for updated road and travel conditions.
- Quality Mounts that can be easily removed but strong enough to hold up to various travel conditions.
The Gift of Quality Auto Care
With Sun Auto Service, the gift of quality auto care goes a long way! The perfect gift can come in the form of an oil change, new brakes, a fluid flush or more with a Sun Auto Service Gift Card. It’s perfect for slipping into a stocking, a card, or wrapped and placed under the tree. What’s more is our gift cards can be used for any service, are valid at all of our Sun Auto Service locations, and do not expire. Gift giving is made easy with Sun Auto Service!