Gifts for Car Lovers
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12 Popular Gifts for People Who Love Cars

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Gifts for Car Lovers
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Few holiday shoppers can spring for one of the luxury cars wrapped in bows that automakers advertise on TV at this time of year, but there are many fun and practical inexpensive gifts that will rev the engine of any auto enthusiast. Each of these items, from accessories to gadgets to maintenance supplies, garners strong ratings from online reviewers and is widely available at the usual mass merchandise emporia and specialty retailers. Looking for more car-related gift ideas (or perhaps some items for your own car for safety and convenience)? Check out 25 Items You Should Always Keep in Your Car

Customization Decals
Amazon

Customization Decals

Ford Mustang Rear Bumper Vinyl
Price: $10 on Amazon
Buy It
Let an auto buff add a touch of cool to even the most mundane car with a decal that might go on the windshield, the dashboard, or atop the nameplate. Akshay Anand, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book (KBB), says he proudly displays a treasured gift, a custom nameplate, on his Nissan 350Z. Other examples include these vinyl letters that spell out "Mustang" on the rear bumper. Shoppers can find decals for most any marque, although retailers generally carry the greatest selection for sport models like the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Corvette.

Dry Rite Heavy Weight Premium Plush Microfiber Cloth
Amazon

Chamois Cleaning Cloths

Dry Rite Heavy Weight Premium Plush Microfiber Cloths
Price: $15 for a 2-pack on Amazon
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Car enthusiasts who wash their vehicles by hand will appreciate chamois cloths or mitts, considered the gold standard for car care. Soft chamois won't scratch a vehicle's paint but does wear out over time, so having a fresh supply on hand is a must. Stick to products marked "microfiber," which is gentlest on automotive finishes. 

Bell Automotive Spike License Plate Frame
Amazon

Custom License Plate Frame

Bell Automotive Chrome Spike License Plate Frame
Price: $19 on Amazon
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Combine a love of cars with a favorite sports team or another interest with a custom license plate or frame. Holiday shoppers can find items that honor music groups, car brands, political causes, and more. The edgy Bell Automotive spike license plate frame is just one possibility. Novelty plates start at about $4, but first, make sure state law allows non-standard plates on the front of a car.

Emergency Roadside Safety and First Aid Kit 42 Piece
Home Depot

Emergency Supplies

AAA Roadside Emergency Kit
Price: $26 at Home Depot
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A roadside emergency kit like this AAA 42-piecer contains the basics needed to get a vehicle running if something goes wrong. The kit comes with jumper cables, a flashlight, and a safety vest to wear during roadside repairs, all packed in a handy carrying case designed to fit in the trunk. It's one gift you hope never gets used.

Electronic Tire-Pressure Gauge
Amazon

Electronic Tire-Pressure Gauge

AstroAI Digital Tire-Pressure Gauge
Price: $8 on Amazon
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Forget those old pencil tire-pressure gauges, which aren't especially accurate anyway. Electronic gauges, with digital readouts, are more precise and easier to read. Many sport a built-in LED light for easy viewing and some even come with carrying cases. This stocking stuffer is especially useful for a driver with an older car that lacks a built-in tire-pressure monitor. (Remember, properly inflating tires extends tread life and helps with gas mileage.) Consumers posting reviews on Amazon like the accuracy and user-friendliness of this AstroAI product.

Automatic Battery Charger
Amazon

Automatic Battery Charger

Deltran Battery Tender Plus
Price: $45 on Amazon
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Gearheads who own custom cars they rarely drive will appreciate a battery tender, a little electronic device that plugs into a standard outlet to monitor the battery and charge it up when necessary. Auto parts stores and big-box retailers typically carry these gadgets, which are available in a range of models for everything from motorcycles and ATVs to passenger cars and full-size trucks. The Deltran Battery Tender Plus gets terrific owner reviews on Amazon and is a good value.

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Motor Oil and Oil Filter
Walmart

Motor Oil and Oil Filter

Mobil 1 5W30 Motor Oil
Price: $25 at Walmart
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Do-it-yourself auto buffs can always use engine oil and oil filters. The total price of a case of oil can soar past $50, but 5-quart jugs — plenty for a single oil change — are much more affordable. Mobil 1 5W30 is a cheap motor oil that boasts high ratings. Pair it with this highly-rated $14 Mobil 1 M1-110 Extended Performance filter, available on Amazon. Be sure the filter fits the recipient's vehicle and the oil is the specified type.

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Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax
Amazon

Car Detailing Products

Meguiar's Liquid Wax 
Price: $14 on Amazon
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Auto lovers may not ordinarily treat themselves to high-end car waxes, (or wheel cleaners, tire dressings, and the like ...) but these practical maintenance supplies typically cost $5 to $20 at big-box or specialty retailers. KBB's Anand recommends sticking to premium brands such as Mothers or Meguair's, names — and a product — that will mean something to someone who is serious about cars. 

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Car-Themed Movies
Amazon

Car-Themed Movies

"The Fate of the Furious" 
Price:
$10 on Amazon
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Many car guys and gals love the car-oriented films of late actor Steve McQueen, a real-life auto aficionado who did all his own racing scenes. "Bullitt," "Le Mans," and other McQueen films from the 1960s and '70s enjoy a cult following to this day, as do actor Vin Diesel's more recent "Fast and Furious" movies. On Amazon, "The Fate of the Furious" (the latest in the franchise) is available on DVD and Blu-ray, but you can also pick up "Bullitt" for about $6 on Blu-ray, and any car enthusiast with a backseat DVD player will appreciate a kid-friendly film such as Disney's "Cars" ($15 on Amazon) to keep children entertained and allow parents to focus on the road.

Handheld Vacuum
Amazon

Handheld Vacuum

ThisWorx Portable Vacuum
Price: $30 on Amazon
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Any driver will appreciate this portable car vac by ThisWorx. Don't let the low price fool you; owners say this little 12-volt vac has plenty of power to suck up dirt, gravel, leaves, and whatever other debris finds its way into your vehicle. It plugs into your vehicle's 12-volt outlet (aka the cigarette lighter) and comes with three attachments plus a carrying case to keep everything together when you stash it in the trunk.

Floor Mats
Amazon

Floor Mats

Motor Trend Heavy-Duty Rubber Floor Mats
Price: $28 on Amazon
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Winter means snow, slush, sleet, and ice, all of which can do a number on a vehicle's floor. These Motor Trend heavy duty floor mats have deep wells to trap whatever gets tracked in, are available in four colors to match a vehicle's interior, and can be trimmed with a pair of scissors to fit. And because they're made of rubber, they're easy to clean.

Advance Auto Gift Card
SVM

Parts-Store Gift Card

Advance Auto Parts Gift Card
Price:
$10, $25, $50, or $100 denominations
Buy It
When all else fails, a gift card from a local auto parts store is a sure win. Gift cards acknowledge a love of cars while affording the recipient total control over what to buy, relieving the gift giver from making tough choices. "Car people know what their vehicles need, what maintenance jobs are coming up, and what brands they like," Anand says. AutoZone, O'Reilly, and most other auto parts chains sell gift cards in various denominations, and many can be ordered online.

To see products mentioned in this gift guide and more, please visit our gift idea lists on Amazon.