The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the gearheads in our lives. But short of buying the car lover in your life a new car, what can you get them that they’ll truly appreciate? Here are some unique ideas for all those automotive aficionados out there. All of these gifts are available online – just google these products and you’ll have a number of options and price points to choose from.
Personalized Garage Sign
A personalized garage sign is a great gift for someone who is mechanically inclined and is always in the garage, tinkering with the engine. You can get signs that have that vintage, beat-up, Route 66 kind of feel, and personalize them with the recipient’s name (and sometimes year of establishment).
Roadside Emergency Kit
A roadside emergency kit is a great way to show someone you care about their safety, and provide them with anything they might need if things go wrong on the road. These kits come in a wide range of sizes and varieties, and usually contain things like flares or flashing lights, reflective triangles, jumper cables, safety hammer and seatbelt cutter, tow ropes and more.
Here’s a cool idea – get your friend or family member a laser-engraved blueprint of their favorite vehicle. These super-detailed drawings are available for a wide range of cars, not to mention trucks, military vehicles, airplanes and helicopters. And some of them can be personalized too!
Portable Car Vacuum
Perfect for the person who’s a little obsessive about keeping their vehicle clean, a portable car vacuum that runs off the car’s 12v power port is an ideal gift. You can easily stow this in the trunk, and quickly clean up wet or dry messes without having to wait until you get home.
You may not know what a creeper seat is, but the chances are, your mechanically inclined friend does. These padded, sometimes foldable platforms on casters allow at-home mechanics (as well as the pros) to easily and comfortably navigate under and around the car – as well as keeping needed tools close at hand. This can really help reduce strain on the neck and back.
There are many more unique gifts for the car lover in your life including fun gifts like humorous mugs, t-shirts or socks, or more practical gifts like a car wash kit or trunk organizer. Shop around and you’re sure to find the perfect thing. And hey, if you are a gear head yourself, and have a passion for vehicles and an interest in mechanics, check out J-Tech Institute. Our Automotive Technology Program will provide all the expert, hands-on training you need to launch a successful career doing something that you love. And that’s a gift that will last a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our admissions department.