Car Gifts for the Holidays: Part 3

by Don Elliott on December 22, 2011

Finding the right holiday gift can be a challenge, particularly if you are shopping for someone who has “everything.” It turns out that no one has everything they need or want for their car. There is always one more thing that the car guy or gal didn’t even know they needed. Check out some of the great car gifts you can give this holiday season.

Scooter – One sure way to improve the gas mileage on the family car is to not drive it so much! An alternative for short trips or just for a fun ride is a gas powered scooter. Scooters come in all shapes and sizes. They are fast enough for local trips, and small enough to park anywhere. Scooters offer 85-95 miles per gallon. Vespa is probably the best known name in scooters. A new Vespa S 50 4V will set you back $3,199, but it will look great under the Christmas tree!

GPS Navigation Devices – The choices for navigation devices provides a great way to manage your holiday shopping budget. Free navigational applications are available for your Smartphone. However, built in navigation and screens can cost thousands of dollars. Santa recommends a portable device that can be moved from car to car or carried for a city walking tour. Sales abound in retail stores and on the Internet. The Garmin Nuvi 40 base model retails for $119.95, but has been offered on sale for under $100.

Emergency Roadside Assistance – Joining an auto club offers assurance that you will have help in case of a breakdown or roadside emergency. Services include towing, lockout or locksmith service, gasoline, jumpstarts, and flat tire assistance. Some clubs offer more including travel discounts, travel planning, maps, insurance discounts, and even low interest auto loans. Basic membership in the AAA starts at $43, but can go up depending on where you live.

First Aid Kit – A first aid kit is not the most exciting car gift on our list this holiday season. However, there is a chance to personalize the first aid kit for your special friend or relative. A standard first aid kit that includes all of the basics costs about $25. Check out a few kits to find out what needs to be included and then make your own. You can decorate a lunch box or another container with personal messages. Add extras to the bandages and antiseptic that will be important for the person who is the target of your gift. Tylenol or aspirin, sunscreen, lip balm, bottled water, antacid, and any other items that might be used in an “emergency” can be added.

Stocking Stuffers – Take a walk through the auto repair parts section of any big retail store or auto repair parts outlet to find a few things to round out your shopping list. Ice scrapers, tire pressure gauges, wet wipes, lock antifreeze, and license plate frames are all available for under $10. Check out your neighborhood dollar store for some of the best prices. Don’t forget that pine scented Christmas tree for the rearview mirror and an added dose of holiday magic!

Get your car lover a car gift to make it a holiday season to remember!

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