Buying a gift for the automotive enthusiast in your life can be tricky, especially if you aren’t necessarily one yourself. From car audio equipment to high tech gadgets to tools, the options seem endless. How do you find that sweet spot between surprising that special guy and giving him exactly what he needs?
The best answer may actually be the simplest: Don’t overthink it. Your car junkie probably has a long list of automotive-related toys he really, really wants but can’t quite bring himself to buy. That’s where you come in. Here are just a few unique gift ideas that are sure to be right in your car lover’s wheelhouse.
A New Set of Tires
A good set of tires is the quickest and easiest way to improve any car’s performance, but they can also be expensive. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to splurge on your loved one’s behalf. A set of all-season Nitto tires is the ideal gift for winter driving. They provide an smooth ride and are versatile enough for any type of weather condition.
From trucks to luxury SUVs to sports cars, Nittos are also readily available to fit your car lover’s preferred make and model. The only hard part will be figuring out how to wrap them.
Is your car enthusiast also a beer enthusiast? You can’t go wrong with these rubber drink coasters that feature the layout of several classic and current racetracks from across the world. Available in sets of four or six, you can choose from Monte Carlo, Nurburgring, Road America and Laguna Seca. They make a great stocking stuffer as well as a great complement to Linear Edge’s minimalist wall sculptures that celebrate the same legendary courses.
BMW Solar Charger
If buying a brand new BMW i8 hybrid sedan is out of your price range, then go with this i-Series-inspired solar charger, which features some of the same technology and fits easily into your glove compartment. It doesn’t go 0 to 60 in under eight seconds, but it will charge your smartphone in a few hours using nothing but the power of the sun.
It also features a sleek stainless steel design and that classic BMW logo. At just over $50 bucks, it’s the next best thing to the real thing.
Bluetooth Cassette Adapter
Looking for a totally useful gift that also has a bit of a sense of humor? This Bluetooth Cassette Adapter from iON echoes back to the days when your car enthusiast could play his Walkman through the in-dash tape deck. This time, there’s no cord to contend with.
The rechargeable cassette syncs wirelessly with your phone or tablet to provide crystal clear sound that has to be heard to be believed. It’s a clever way to upgrade a classic car’s audio system while paying tribute to the glory days of rocking out on the way to work. You can even charge it with your cigarette lighter for full effect.
The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars
Why buy them one new car when you can buy them over a thousand? This attractive coffee table book has beautiful full-color photos of some of the world’s most famous vehicles from 1945 to 2000. The insightful descriptions of each car provide a fascinating look at recent automotive history that both novices and experts will enjoy. Who knows? You might both learn something.