5 Gifts For The Automotive Enthusiast
Christmas music is already playing in stores, which is our signal to start preparing for the gift giving season. According to my mother, automtive enthusiasts are the most difficult people to buy for. I think the difficulty comes from not understanding the hobby, as there are plenty of gifts across all price points. These are my Top 5 gifts I would love to receive and I’m pretty sure anyone interested in anything auto would be happy to be gifted these presents as well.
1. Mechanics Gloves – These gloves are specially designed to fit tight and have grips in all the right areas. I picked up my first pair a few years ago and now I’ll never do without. They are rugged enough to keep my hands from being cut up, yet thin enough for me to maintain complete motion and feel in my fingers. Perfect for picking up nuts and bolts, and staying warm. A nice pair of Mechanic gloves can be picked up for as little as $20.
2. Small Mechanic Tool Set – My favorite tool sets are Craftsman brand, which usually have no more than 50-60 pieces. The smaller size makes them perfect to keep in the car or truck and be versatile enough to handle most small jobs. Pricing usually ranges from $30 to $60. Even if the person you are buying for has one, these are great to keep as spares, I personally can attest to losing more than my share of sockets.
3. Blu-Ray Car Movies – Looking to spend under $20, no problem, DVDs and Blu-Rays may be the answer. There are plenty of car movies to choose from that feature hot rods. Gone in 60 Seconds, American Graffiti, Fast and The Furious Series, and Vanishing Point are just a few suggestions that make great stocking stuffers for the gear heads on your Christmas list.
4. Just In Case Kit – This is a great gift to give to someone, even if they aren’t an auto enthusiast. Basically anyone that drives a car should have a Just In Case Kit, for safety reasons. This kit will usually include a flash light, jumper cables, flares, road cones, first aid kit, and a few basic tools. Pricing will vary, but will starts around $40, which is a small price to pay for peace of mind. The winters get real cold around here, so being prepared will pay off in spades.
5. Haynes or Chilton Manuals – This gift requires you to know what kind of vehicle the gift receiver owns. However, having these useful manuals are a God send for anyone looking to get their hands dirty. Usually these manuals won’t set you back to far, they can be bought and ship for $25 online. You may be thinking, but they have the internet, why do they want some old print book on how to break down a car. Haynes and Chilton have mastered the art of putting words to pictures and are extremely thorough on an entire model car. Finding information on line is difficult and spotty at best when looking up specifics, plus it’s hard to have the internet under a 57 Chevy with you.
Hope these great gift giving ideas help for the upcoming 2012 Holidays.