Got a car fanatic in your family?
‘Tis the season to find something special to put under the tree
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.
Harry Pegg is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. You can find his reviews at www.exhausted. ca and on Facebook.