Some people like cars, then other people who love cars. If you’re looking for gift ideas for someone who belongs in the second category, look no further. In this article, you’ll get 5 gift ideas that are unique, exciting, and thoughtful–basically the perfect trifecta for gift ideas. Choose one (or more!) for the car lover in your life.
Car interior upgrades
The struggle in gifting people who have a strong interest in something is that if they want something, they probably already have it. However, if there’s one area that you’re sure to make an impact on, it’s in the car interiors. Gift them with something custom for the interior of their car.
Sure, a lot of upgrades require that you actually take a car into the shop, making them less than stellar gift ideas–but there are options. Start with custom-fit rubber floor mats. Chances are, the ones they have are older or still stock. Find out the exact make and model of the car you want to get the mats for and shop for customs that perfectly fit their ride.
Most people who love cars don’t just keep them in the garage. They usually drive — a lot. Comfortable driving shoes that are also chic are a great gift idea for the car lover. These days, there are so many options, and the best choice varies on the driver’s preference and lifestyle.
If you have a friend who is always classy and well put together, a driving shoe that doubles as a dress shoe may be a great choice. Something made out of good-quality leather will fit the bill. There are also very lightweight driving shoes that fit those who live in warmer areas. Make it extra thoughtful by choosing kicks that are sustainably made.
Keys are the car’s ID. It’s the extension of the car’s identity, and it’s easy to see why many car enthusiasts keep their keys in top shape all the time. A great gift idea is to get them key accessories. A tastefully designed leather key tag or a tech-forward key chain will surely be well-received. If you’re going for the key tag, there are a lot of ways you can customize it to fit the person well. Maybe a quote you know they love, or the name of their car if it has one. The possibilities when it comes to customizable tags are endless.
Tech key chains for car keys also serve many purposes besides being aesthetic accessories. It’s a cliche at this point to lose keys, and tech has offered an answer for it: trackable key tags. Key tags that are equipped with GPS are practical and also thoughtful. Most of these new tech tags are in the form of tiles that connect to smartphones via Bluetooth, allowing the owner to track the key and do away with the last-minute panicked scrambling key search.
Before you say that gift cards are not thoughtful, you forget that some car people are extremely particular about anything to do with their cars. While they likely have the option to exchange and return gifts that are not up to their alley, why not put them in the driver’s seat from the start? Why not give them the gift of choice?
Do some digging on what stores they like to shop in and get them a gift card. Enthusiasts of all stripes struggle with a lot of guilt regarding spending more money on things they love. Give them the freedom by gifting them with store credit.
Just like car accessories, most car lovers already have all the tools they need. They will have really old toolboxes filled with tools that have heavy sentimental value. Their trusty old wrench. That jack handed down from their grandpa. The good news is, with how fast consumer technology has advanced, specifically in the automotive field, you have a lot of options. You can surely find something they don’t have yet.
Why not hit two birds in one stone by getting a modern tool that’s extremely practical? Something that can save them the hassle during a bad road day, like a cordless tire inflator, might come in handy someday.
These are just some ideas for you as you search for the perfect gift. Putting thought and effort into choosing a great gift for someone who loves cars will surely be deeply appreciated. Take the time to go over what your loved one would like to receive before finalizing any decision. Good luck!