Gifts for Car Lovers

Shopping for car lovers can be tricky business. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the top practical gifts the car enthusiast in your life will love receiving.

15 Gifts for the Car Lover in Your Life

We get it – shopping for car enthusiasts can be tricky, especially when you know the person you’re getting a gift for is choosy about what they put in their vehicles. And, if you’re not exactly entrenched in the world of cars yourself, finding the perfect gift can be even harder. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite, practical gifts that any car person will love.

Instead of blindly buying expensive car parts and gimmicky gifts, use this curated list as inspiration the next time you want to spoil the car lover in your life.

1.  A Smartphone Mount

Phone mounts are an easy, inexpensive way to add a bit of extra convenience and safety to a person’s car. We particularly love PopSocket’s Car Dash and Windshield mount for its unique, rotating design that makes navigating GPS and answering phone calls much easier.

Black Car Dash & Windshield Mount, $30

2.  Custom Floor Mats

It’s pretty safe to assume that all auto enthusiasts are meticulous about keeping their car sparkling clean. If their old floor mats are aching for a replacement, consider gifting them a custom floor mat with the logo and text of your choice. With a wide variety of options available, there’s something for every car lover.

Lloyd Custom Floor Mats, Starting at $20.90

3.  Headlight Restoration Kit

Here’s a bright idea (pun very much intended).

Did you know that as cars get older and are left outside, their headlights can become cloudy? In fact, a study by AAA found that old headlights can reduce light emission by 80%, making them dangerously unsuitable for on the road. Instead of shelling out on new headlights, get yours back up to scrub with a DIY headlight restoration kit.

 Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit, $19.99

4.  A Car-Themed Subscription Box

Pretty much everything is a subscription nowadays, and subscription boxes for any and all hobbies are no different. We love that PetrolBox was created by car lovers, for car lovers, and includes new, hand-picked items each month. Plus, with a flexible subscription plan, you can pick the right box to suit your budget.

PetrolBox, Starting at $19.95

5.  Car-Lovers Coffee

This gift is perfect for the person in your life who has to have everything car-themed. Make sure their tank is fueled with a bag from this auto-enthusiast-owned indie coffee company.

And, since every one of their products has a car-related name, you know they’ll get a kick out of it every time they go to brew their morning cup of joe.

Motorized Coffee, $50

6.  Music Subscription

A drive without good music is like a sky without stars. Make sure your car-lover doesn’t have to press pause on their jam sessions by gifting them a subscription to Sirius XM radio. With over 120 channels to surf through, there’s a channel for every weird and wild musical taste out there.

Sirius XM 12-Month Subscription, $60

7.  A Dash Cam

Accidents happen to everybody. That’s why when those moments inevitably come, it’s so important to have evidence to back up your claims. Help your friends and loved ones protect themselves from other drivers, predatory insurance companies, and potential lawsuits by equipping them with a high-definition dash cam.

1080P High Definition Dash Camera, $49.99

8.  DIY Buffing Kit

We’ve all got those car-lovers in our life who love testing the limits of their DIY abilities. Help them take their skills from amateur to professional with this fully-loaded detailing kit. Fair warning – once they get it, you won’t be able to get them out of the garage.

Griots Garage Orbital Buffer Kit, $299

9.  A Portable Car Jump Starter

Traditional jump cables have gotten many of us out of a tight spot, but they’re not much good without another car and person to help out. Make sure they never find themselves in a situation like this again by gifting them this portable car jump starter. Plus, it doubles as a flashlight and battery pack!

DBPOWER 600A Peak 18,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter, $69.99

10.  Driving School

Not sure what kind of gift to get? Why not give the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime experience?  There are several driving schools out there that offer excellent classes, but we love the Richard Petty Driving Experience for just how many options they have. Everyone from teen car enthusiasts who are just learning how to drive themselves, to seasoned drivers can benefit from taking one of these exciting courses.

Richard Petty Driving Experience, Starting at $100

11.  Car Garbage Bags

Most people don’t like to drive a messy car around, but car-lovers are on a next level when it comes to cleanliness. Make sure they never have to worry about a cluttered car again with these leak-proof and odor-proof hangable garbage bags.

Tossits Car Garbage Bags, $15.99

12.  A Car Magazine Subscription

For the person who loves keeping up with the latest and greatest in automotive news and trends, a magazine subscription can help keep them up to date. Depending on their reading preference, gift them with a digital subscription, or keep it analogue with a traditional subscription.

Road & Track Magazine Subscription, $10

13.  A Pair of Men’s Driving Shoes

Made in Portugal, the Piloti Men’s Driving Shoes are the perfect blend of practicality and style. Great for having fun behind the wheel or just being out and about, your car enthusiast will love strutting around in these fashionable shoes.

Piloti Avenue – Men’s Driving Shoe, $186

14.  Cordless Tire Inflator

Having a cordless tire inflator lying around is extra handy when you need to top off the pressure in a tire…or inflate a basketball with its needle adapter. Either way, it’s a great, no-nonsense gift anybody with a car will appreciate.

Ryobi One+ Cordless Tire Inflator, $19.97

15.  A Key Finder

We’ve all been there. You’re rockin’ and ready for that big road trip but then, wait – where are my keys?!

Make sure that panic moment never happens again with the Tile Mate key finder. By synching to your smartphone, the Tile Mate tracks your key’s location, providing backup if you ever do misplace them.

Tile Mate Keychain, $19.99

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Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

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    1. Wow!!! Such wonderful gift ideas that one would have never thought about. Definitely gave me some good gift ideas.

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