Got a car fa­natic in your fam­ily?

‘Tis the sea­son to find some­thing spe­cial to put un­der the tree

Calgary Sun - Autonet - - DRIVING.CA - Harry Pegg

Well, to­day is the last day of Novem­ber and that means Christ­mas is just over three weeks away.

I apol­o­gize for jump­ing the time bit, but I got to think­ing what might be cool for a car nut to dis­cover on Christ­mas morn­ing. (Short of a brand new car in the drive­way).

This week, I’ve compiled a short list of things you might con­sider for the ve­hic­u­lar fa­natic on your list.

It starts with a visit to a deal­er­ship that sells his/her favourite ve­hi­cle. That’s where you can find all kinds of branded gift­ware from wear­ing ap­parel to watches to bags to jew­ellery, key­chains and more in an equally-wide va­ri­ety of prices.

You can find much of the same ma­te­rial on-line, but I am not a huge fan of In­ter­net shop­ping, es­pe­cially if time is short and sizes or qual­ity may be off.

Gamers who are into driv­ing might en­joy a rac­ing game from Xbox or Play Sta­tion. Not one of those car­toon­ish or car theft abom­i­na­tions, but a game that sim­u­lates the real thing.

If there’s an older ve­hi­cle in­volved that doesn’t have a built-in sys­tem, you might con­sider a dash­mounted GPS nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem from Garmin or TomTom. Or you might con­sider a dash cam, which is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar these days.

Maybe you know some­one who is con­stantly drop­ping stuff be­tween the front seats and con­sole. On a run through Ama­zon the other day, I no­ticed a novel idea for elim­i­nat­ing that ir­ri­ta­tion – a set of gap fillers. Prob­lem solved and not pricey ei­ther.

Does the car owner on your list pre­fer to de­tail his ve­hi­cle him­self? Why not put to­gether a box of high-qual­ity clean­ing and pol­ish­ing sup­plies or maybe a wheel clean­ing kit. If his ve­hi­cle is older and he does a lot of his own main­te­nance, there’s prob­a­bly one tool or an­other he’s wished he had.

Fine art prints of a favourite ve­hi­cle are al­ways wel­come. Bet­ter yet, take a photo of the favourite ve­hi­cle and have it blown up and printed on can­vas for a real show-stopper.

For the reader on your list there are any num­ber of car-re­lated books on the mar­ket.

Go on-line or even to your favourite book-seller and check them out.

Fi­nally, if you want to please the car nut who also loves Lego, wrap up a Lego model of a favourite car or truck and let him build his own.

You might think a car lover is hard to please, but with a lit­tle thought, a bit of time on-line or a visit to a deal­er­ship, you can come up with the per­fect gift.

Good hunt­ing.

Harry Pegg is a mem­ber of the Au­to­mo­bile Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. You can find his re­views at www.ex­hausted. ca and on Face­book.

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