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There is no group more passionate than car guys and gals. They love their cars and they love to show them off. Lots of car enthusiast gifts cater to a car buff’s loyalty to their favorite car brand that they either have now or dream of having. So let’s say you give them one of those car enthusiast gifts like a branded keychain, t-shirt, or model car, but what then? Will they actually use the keychain, wear the t-shirt, or build the model car?
That’s what this list is about. Getting them car enthusiast gifts that they will actually use, possibly for years to come, and that will help them in some way. Novelty gifts for car lovers have their place and we actually have a few in our list, but where the rubber meets the road, they will need tools, emergency gear, car care solutions, something to record their adventures, or something that may keep them out of jail, more than they need another t-shirt.
Moreover, we didn’t just throw this list of automotive gifts together with no thought and with items that may or may not perform for your friends and family. We searched consumer sites, social media sites, manufacturer sites, customer review sites, forums, and retail sites to find the best products in their category to make sure your friends and family are getting the best.
Take a look at our list and see if one of these car enthusiast gifts is the best car gift for your car buff!
We all know how much of a pain it is to have to jump start a car. Well, it’s not just a pain, it can be downright dangerous. Your car enthusiast will appreciate being able to start their car without having to find jumper cables and a Good Samaritan stranger willing to donate their car and who can be trusted. One of the most popular gifts and best rated car jump starters available, the Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start PPS XP-1 Jump Starter and Personal Power Station is one of the most compact and powerful available capable of starting even V8-powered cars and light trucks several times before need to be recharged. Not just a jump starter, its built-in power bank is capable of charging your portable electronic devices including laptops. Give peace-of-mind in this compact, reliable, portable battery jump starter that is one of the more thoughtful, useful, and safety-minded car enthusiast gifts you can give to family or friends.
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Car enthusiasts want to take the best care of their cars or trucks and they know taking their car to an automatic car wash can damage it. They also know if you want to do something right, you usually have to do it yourself. One of the most important ways to take care of a car is to pamper, condition, and protect it with the right car care products. With that in mind, they can do no better than the Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit. When Meguiar’s says complete, they really mean it. This kit comes with some of the highest quality, most respected car care products available including Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner, Gold Class Liquid Wax, Gold Class Endurance High Gloss Gel, Qui Detailer, Quik Interior Detailer, two Clay Bars, PlastX, ScratchX, a standard microfiber towel, a foam applicator pad, and a microfiber wash mitt, and additional 64-oz. bottle of Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner, three Supreme Shine Microfiber cloths, and an X2000 Water Magnet Drying Towel. Give them a gift that will help them keep their ride in perfect condition.
Inventor of the modern automotive smart charger almost 20 years ago, Swedish CTEK AB makes car battery chargers coveted by car enthusiasts and trusted by manufacturers like BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, and Lamborghini who all offer their chargers under their own brands. The popular and highly rated CTEK 56-864 MUS 4.3 12-Volt Fully Automatic 8-Step Battery Charger can actually extend the life of your battery and improve its performance using its patented desulfation process. It has unique features built-in like a battery diagnosis mode that determines the ability of your battery to receive and retain a charge, a reconditioning mode that can restore a deeply discharged battery, and a cold weather mode that optimizes battery charging on cold winter days.
Smart automatic 12V portable tire inflator compressors are very popular for their ease-of-use, compact-size, and performance. A great example is the Premium Digital 150 PSI Portable Automatic Tire Inflator Compressor that features a smart microprocessor and plenty of capability. Designed for the tire inflation needs of a variety of inflatables including tires on cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, SUVs, motorsports equipment, and other inflatables, it’s a compact, reliable companion that your car enthusiast will be able to easily store practically anywhere. Save them money, time, and provide them with an emergency tool by giving the car buff on your list a compact 12V tire inflator.
What could be cooler (no pun intended) than a Whynter TBR-182RS Portable Tool Box Refrigerator? Your car lover can just roll this red beauty into their garage or shop on its durable casters and keep 1.8 cu. ft. of food and beverages cold just below two full drawers for tools. It’s made with a full stainless steel exterior housing, has a mechanical thermostat, has heavy-duty metal drawers, locks to protect it from tool or beer raiders, and has switchable interior LED lighting so you can see all the food and drinks. It even defrosts itself like your big refrigerator. The tool box has easy-slide metal drawers like a tool box should and will make a great gift for your car or truck lover.
A great gift for your classic car lovers, the 1966 Pontiac GTO Front End Wall Shelf has working lights and features high-quality fit and finish. Perfect for holding a small car collection or decorating a man cave, it is sure to be a conversation piece that their friends and family will love. Get them a classic car icon that is both functional and beautiful.
The Trailer Hitch Stand and Hammock Chair Combo gives your car enthusiast a place to sit while tailgating, watching a race, or going to their kid’s soccer game. It fits any standard 2-inch receiver hitch, comes with two Hunter Green all-weather hammocks with hardwood dowels, and its stand features rugged powder-coated aluminum construction for rust-free long life and a weight capacity of 200 lbs. per hammock. The chairs have armrests, footrests, and an integrated pillow headrest for maximum comfort. If your enthusiast has a pickup truck with a 2-inch receiver hitch, they are sure to enjoy the comfort and convenience of these hammocks.
Keeping the receiver hitch theme going, the StowAway Hitch Grill Station with Swingaway Frame is another great gift for the truck owner on your gift list. It features a complete grill station with 240 sq. in. removable Cuisinart grill, cutting board, and large rack for cooler and gear perfect for tailgating, camping, fishing, or picnicking. It has a heavy-duty, 200 lbs. capacity swing-away frame that swings and locks 90-degrees to the side to create a grilling area and providing easy access to the rear of the vehicle. The swing-away frame and rack are guaranteed for 10 years for peace-of-mind. It’s the convenient, clean and safe way to take a grill with them wherever they need it, while conserving space in their truck or SUV.
Many car enthusiasts enjoy racing and the Xbox One 1TB Console Forza 6 Limited Edition Bundle is the next best thing. It combines the most popular, capable game console with a popular racing simulation game to give your car lover a racing fix as close to the real thing as possible. In keeping with the racing theme, the Xbox One console features a race-inspired design and custom automotive sound effects. Give them the racing experience they crave.
With 4X the resolution of Full HD, the GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera will let your car lover finally record all their exciting exploits that nobody would believe without proof. It takes action video and audio recording to the next level with amazing 4K Ultra HD video resolution and super slow-motion capability. They get cinema-quality video capture in a lightweight, compact waterproof package for a price that is a fraction of that of large, costly professional video cameras. The camera can even share video directly to text, email, Facebook and more using Bluetooth. Get them the ability to share their adventures with family and friends.
Does your car lover ask for directions? If not, the Garmin nuvi 57LM may be the perfect gift. It’s a great size at 4.3 inches and comes with lots of useful features including Lifetime Maps so their GPS is always up to date. They will get spoken turn-by-turn directions, Lane Assist with Junction View to make sure they choose the right exit lane, Turn-by-Turn Nav, Speed Limit Displays, and Route Avoidance to miss construction or traffic problems. It’s also backup camera ready. They will use your gift over and over during their travels across town or across the country.
An emergency can happen without warning anytime while driving. The AAA 76-Piece Excursion Road Kit instantly makes your car enthusiast ready for just about any situation they might encounter on the road. LifeLine First Aid worked together with AAA to assemble a high-quality first-aid and emergency kit that includes helpful tools like booster cables, an air compressor, and a complete 45-piece first-aid supply pouch that will give your car lover peace-of-mind while on the road. It also includes a comprehensive set of emergency items including an emergency warning triangle, 9-LED aluminum flashlight, batteries, gloves, poncho, whistle, duct tape, screwdrivers, pliers, utility knife, bungee cord, and cable ties. Give them the gift of preparedness for the unexpected.
The high-quality Homall Executive Racing Style High-Back Leather Office Chair is a comfortable, luxury chair with lumbar support that has the racing style that your car enthusiast will love. Its combination of Pu leather and mesh bucket seat/back and ergonomic design will keep them working or playing long ours with less fatigue. Its heavy-duty castors roll easily, the seat height adjustment allows them to customize the height for a perfect fit, and its rocking motion and the 360-degree swivel let them work or play with less back stress. It looks handsome in red and black and features a sliding waterfall design and your car lover gets the famous Homall Lifetime Replacement Warranty. Get them a gift that will improve their efficiency and comfort while working or playing.
Adding more fun to our list, the Traxxas 58034-1 Slash 2WD Short Course 1/10-Scale Racing Truck will put your car enthusiast in the driver’s seat for intense, high-flying off-road action that mimics the spirit of real racing trucks with 900 HP racing engines, giant suspension travel, and big-air jumps. They get all the action in 1/10 scale. It features 4-wheel independent pro-tuned suspension and to-scale tires with the bite to generate monster rooster tails. Its electronics are waterproof for driving excitement in water, mud, and snow.
Car lovers can never have enough tools. I think it’s a law. Car lovers use mechanic’s tools to work on their cars and trucks. You can buy tools anywhere, but there are only a few respected brands. Crescent is a highly respected brand and they make the Crescent CTK170CMP2 170-Piece Mechanics Tool Set. It contains a specially selected mix of 170 tools, all housed in a durable case, that will serve your car enthusiast well through the years to work on their car or take care of repairs, assembly, and maintenance around the house. Your car lover gets tools made from a heat-treated, specially-formulated, chrome vanadium steel alloy that is formulated for high-strength and corrosion and abrasion resistance. Wrenches, ratchets, and sockets feature a gleaming chrome finish and hardened ratchet gears and the newly redesigned screwdrivers have vapor-blasted tips and are perfectly balanced and shaped for comfort and performance. Crescent tools meet stringent ANSI and ASME specifications and come with a full satisfaction guarantee so your car buff can rest assured that they are designed for extremely long life. Among car enthusiast gifts, a high-quality tool set like this one should always be near the top of the list.
Car lovers want to know how powerful, how fast, and how quick their rides really are while also keeping their finger on its pulse. It used to be in order to do that you needed bulky, analog gauges that might cost hundreds of dollars and take hours and hours to install. All that is in the past with a digital insight monitor like the Edge Products 83830 CTS Insight Monitor. It simply plugs into the OBDII port on the vehicle, reads data from their vehicle’s computer and displays their vehicle’s performance on a compact 4.3-inch color touchscreen display. With it, your car aficionado will be able to read and clear trouble codes in addition to monitoring the vitals of their ride. Additional great features include custom backgrounds, a light sensitivity meter, maintenance manager, mileage coach, and more. It’s even backup camera ready. Help your car lover monitor the performance of their car or truck with an insight monitor.
Dash cameras like the KDLINKS X1 Full-HD Car Dashcam are becoming more and more popular to protect car and truck owners like your car lover from unscrupulous drivers. In the event of an accident, they can be used to prove your case to insurance, the police, and the courts. Popular overseas in Russia and other countries where insurance fraud is rampant, the same sort of fraud is causing American drivers to take notice. This model is one of the best out there and has all the features your car lover could want to protect themselves in the event of an accident day or night. Dashcams loop a digital recording of events until an incident and then freeze about 30 seconds of high-quality HD video and clear audio either side of the event. The footage can then be downloaded to a PC where special software and GPS mapping can completely recreate the incident. It starts automatically when they turn on the ignition and is hands-free in operation. Give them one of the hottest auto accessories to protect them from insurance fraud.
Gaining and popularity, and soon to be mandatory on all new cars and light trucks, vehicle backup cameras prevent thousands of tragic accidents that happen while a vehicle is backing up many of which involve children and pets who are unaware of the danger. The Pyle PLCM7500 Car Vehicle Backup Camera & Monitor Parking Assistance System can help prevent accidents like these as well as less serious, but still traumatic fender benders in the parking lot. Complete with a waterproof, low-light, color rearview camera and a 7-inch in-car video monitor, this system also provides backup assistance lines so your car lover can judge distance better while parking. Give them a safety device that they will be able to take advantage of every time they drive.
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Another fun gift, the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit brings modern technology, robotic supercars, and a little bit of futuristic warfare to the that old slot car racing set that hasn’t changed in 40 years. Inventors used artificial intelligence to create a modern battle racing game that takes slot car racing to a whole new level. Your car enthusiast gets a track starter kit that is easily converted into any of eight unique battlefields and two robotic supercars. The whole system works together with their iOS or Android device through a free downloadable app. Cars are uniquely upgradeable with more performance, additional weapons, and defense systems. They will be able to race their friends and family or go head-to-head with virtual Commanders in several different battle and race modes. The system is completely expandable so they will be able to create more complex and interesting battle scenarios as they go. Give them a look at the future with an AI, robotic racing game that will have them forgetting about video games.
When you have a nice ride, your naturally concerned about its safety and security. The answer is to get your car lover a security system with built-in remote start like the Viper 5906V Color Remote Start & Security System. With its built-in remote start, your car enthusiast will thank you during the cold of winter or the heat of summer when they can start their car and the heat or A/C from the comfort of their home or office. Of course, because it’s a Viper, it’s also one of the most powerful and capable security systems available. This 2-way security and remote start system comes complete with color display remote controls and can start their car or truck up to one mile away. The system is designed to support two vehicles it uniquely provides remote start runtime remaining before the engine shuts off, vehicle interior temperature, countdown times, and parking meter times. This is the ultimate communication system between driver and vehicle to support remote starting and security. Give them the peace-of-mind of a fully capable security system to protect their vehicle and the convenience of remote start all in one highly-rated system.
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Now you can give your car lover the peace-of-mind of driving safely without getting pulled over for their unintentional speeding by giving them a radar detector. However, the Escort Passport 800X50 is not just any radar detector. It is a very long-range device that can warn you to slow down well before you are at risk of detection and has built-in high-performance laser sensors that even provide off-axis protection. It covers all the police radar operating bands with amazing sensitivity and range while rejecting annoying false alarms. It comes with a fully customizable user-friendly display, audio alerts, and provides 360-degree protection from radar and laser detection. Of the car enthusiast gifts available, this gift is perfect for car enthusiasts who spend a lot of tie on the road and could pay for itself in just a few weeks. Give them protection against inadvertent speeding and costly traffic tickets.
If you get them a car care kit, you’re helping them take care of the exterior of their car. The Metro Vacuum VM6B5500 Professional High Performance Hand Vacuum is designed to help your car lover pay attention to their interior. Cleaning and waxing their car exterior provides instant feedback because of the way it makes the car look. Vacuuming the interior is more difficult and when their done, you can’t tell from the outside. Keeping up with the vacuuming part is made even more difficult if they don’t have the right vacuum cleaner. Their home vacuum typically isn’t portable, has questionable suction power, is heavy to move out to the car, and probably doesn’t have the right tools to get into all the cracks and crevices of their car. This vacuum is lightweight and highly portable and also has the performance of a 500-watt motor that produces high-velocity suction. It also features durable stainless steel construction to stand up to abuse, is conveniently bagless, and has the tools your car lover needs to get to clean every area of their vehicle. Made in the USA, it also comes with an industry-leading 5-year motor warranty for peace-of-mind.
Keeping the shop or garage clean keeps dirt and dust from getting into parts and fluids and makes it easier and cleaner to work on a vehicle. Your car lover knows that, but may not have the right vacuum cleaner for the job. It needs to be a wet-dry vacuum like the Shop-Vac 9633400 6.5-Peak HP Ultra Pro Series 12-Gallon Wet-Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, because your car lover never knows what they will run into in the garage, driveway, or shop. It also needs to be powerful to clean up wet and dry debris. It’s useful for tackling wet, nasty messes removing project dust and debris, and blowing debris out of the garage or shop. There is almost no job that a Pro Series vacuum can’t tackle with its amazing array of accessories. This Shop-Vac wet-dry vacuum makes a great gift for your car lover that they will use over and over.
Next to a great set of mechanic’s tools, probably the most important piece of equipment is a place to put them that organizes them and protects them. We’re talking about a tool box of course, but not just any tool box. One problem with traditional tool boxes is that if they hold a lot of tools, they’re not very portable, and if they’re portable, they can’t carry all the tools your car lover needs. There is nothing worse than showing up to work on your friend’s car or truck because you are the “expert” and not having that special tool that keeps the whole project going. Or maybe they like to help out friends, neighbors, or charities, but they’re tools are so scattered and disorganized that they really have no idea which tools they still have. Now your car enthusiast can have the best of both worlds thanks to the Stalwart 75-7577 Massive and Mobile 3-Part Stainless Steel Tool Box. This portable tool box can hold most if not all of his tools and yet is mobile to take those tools on the road. It’s constructed of durable, rust-resistant, and long-lasting stainless steel so it can take transporting heavy tools around. Your car lover will really appreciate the time they save not having to search for tools and always having the right tool at hand and they will love this good looking box that is such a great gift.
Most car people love all things cars and that means racing. No matter which type of racing they love, nothing beats being there at the track in person to feel the power, smell the exhaust and hear the exhaust notes of all the cars. Unfortunately, unless your car person is a VIP with plenty of money, they will have to view the action from farther away than they probably would like. You can get them a gift that will bring the action up close and personal at races, other sporting events, on vacation, or during just about any outdoor activity. We’re talking about binoculars of course, but not just any binoculars. Only ruggedized and waterproof models like the Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binoculars can take the hard knocks of being transported and used at sporting events. Also, with a fogproof set, your car enthusiast doesn’t have to worry about a little bit of moisture in the air making the binoculars unusable. Give your outdoor action enthusiast a closer look at the action.
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