It's the most wonderful time of the year? Maybe if you’ve already knocked out all your holiday shopping. For the rest of us, ‘the most stressful time of the year’ is much more relatable. Luckily, we've got you covered for thrilling all the car enthusiasts in your life. Whether you need to find a gift for your gearhead brother, a Secret Santa gag gift for your coworker, or just something to make your own commute better in the new year, we’ve got your back. Here is the ultimate holiday gift guide for the car-loving techie, the long hauling road warrior, and your Secret Santa. Best of all, these gifts can be obtained from the comfort of your couch.
Best Gifts for the Techie
Even as we age, we never truly outgrow our infatuation with gadgets and toys. These gifts are perfect for the tech-loving people in your life or those that simply need to bring their car up to date with this decade. Give them the features they missed out on with their older car or lower trim.
1.TaoTronics Bluetooth Car Kit
Have a relative who still doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity in their car? Help them dodge a ticket (or worse - an accident) due to holding their cell phone while driving. With the TaoTronics Bluetooth Car Kit, ($24) as long as they have an AUX port in their car, they’ll be good to chat or jam out on the go. This gadget can connect up to two devices, has simple to use controls and is mountable with an air vent clip. Plus it offers noise cancellation for clearer phone calls and music minus the static.
Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam
Autolover Car Windshield Head Up Display
Head Up Displays are slowly starting to be integrated into new car models, especially on higher trims. For all your friends that are still looking down to see their speed or fuel consumption, give the gift of safety and convenience this season. This affordable HUD ($49) displays data such as drive speed, engine speed, water temperature, battery voltage, fuel consumption, and mileage measurement right on the windshield. For the speed demons in your life, it will flash when excessive speed is reached helping to keep those speeding tickets at bay.
Best Gifts for the Road Warrior
If you know someone that puts in a long commute to work or enjoys road trips, they will appreciate these 3 gifts that bring creature comforts on the road with them. Whether it's keeping their drinks, hands or bum warm on the road, these ideas will make the daily trek more enjoyable.
1. YETI Rambler Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle
For those long commutes, a multipurpose bottle for hot or cold drinks will keep your loved ones properly hydrated or better yet, caffeinated. The YETI Rambler ($30) will make sure they don’t arrive to work with hot coffee gone cold after the morning rush hour. Its leakproof, insulated TripleHaul Cap will protect car interiors from spills and it can be confidently tossed into a backpack for adventures. Choose from 14 colors to tailor this gift to all the road warriors in your life.
Kingleting 12-Volt Heated Seat Cushion
Not every car comes with the luxury of heated seats, but this year you can give the gift of a warm backside to your family and friends. The
3. Riparo Motorsports Men's Leather Driving Gloves
For those putting in a lot of miles on the road this winter, preventing numb fingertips while keeping a good grip on the steering wheel is a constant battle. Help them out with a gift that fits like a - well, you know. These Riparo Motorsports Men's Leather Driving Gloves ($30-$40) are both stylish and practical for everyday use. Made of genuine leather with perforations and a wrist snap, they give drivers a good grip and are easy to slip on and off.
Best (Gag) Gifts for Secret Santa
Holiday gifts don't need to be so serious and they don't need to cost an arm and a leg. If you have an office Secret Santa or are looking to fill the stockings of your car-loving family members, these inexpensive small gifts will bring joy and laughs this holiday.
1. Real Cars T-Shirt
We believe the best gifts are the ones that come with a good laugh. This t-shirt ($15) will do the trick for that one friend who refuses to drive an automatic. If you happen to pick their name for a Secret Santa or just want to make their day, this gift will be well received. It’s made from soft and durable 100% USA cotton for years of wear that may outlast manuals themselves.
2. Gas Clutch Socks
The Gas Clutch socks ($8) are another gift option for the manual transmission enthusiast in your life. These stocking stuffers will “remind” the driver to properly position their feet while driving a stick shift. The clever, unisex socks are breathable, machine washable and guarantee a laugh from the recipient when unwrapped.
3. Car Mat Silicone Drink Coasters
We all know that one friend who has cars on their mind from the first cup of coffee in the morning right up until their nightcap. They will go crazy for these Janazala Artori Drink Coasters ($14). The set of 4 high-quality silicone coasters are shaped like sporty car mats that swap the usual branding with “cheers” for a unique car enthusiast gift. The grooves help catch condensation from drinks to protect coffee tables and bar tops.