Do the holidays sneak up on you the same way they sneak up on us? As we move closer to the holidays, AskPatty thought it might be nice to offer you some fun gift choices for those car-loving folks in your life. Whether you're looking for fun and frivolous, inexpensive and practical, or simply fantasizing about those luxurious and aspirational items you WISH you could give, we'll share them with you here.
For guys who love to work on their cars, consider gifts for their garage or mancave. Busted Knuckle Garage offers a variety of fun and practical items for any car lover, but my personal favorite is the company's signature herbal skincare products. Busted Knuckle offers a variety of items, including Mechanic's Hand Salve, Mechanic's Muscle Easing Salve, Mechanic's Skin Moisturizer, Mechanic's Hand Salve/Lip Balm, Mechanic's Hand Cleaner, and Mechanic's Sun Block "Lube in a Tube" - all affordably priced from just a few bucks for littlest containers of lip balm/salve to $21.95 for a jug of skin moisturizer. One of our all-time favorites is the large 1.75-oz tin of Mechanic’s Hand-Salve/Lip Balm. Offering relief for dry hands that crack and split, the Mechanic's Hand Salve helps relieve symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to gasoline, oil, and solvents. And of course, it's great for abrasions and cuts. (And ladies, it also feels great on rough patches around your elbows, knees, and heels -- I should know, I keep my own tin of this salve in my car!)
Nicks, scratches and paint chips disappear with easy to use AutomotiveTouchup products. These professional-quality products are designed for easy application and high performance in harsh climates, including high humidity and extreme cold or heat, for great-looking, long- lasting results. Most small repairs just need a basecoat and clearcoat, and primer is available if more repair work is needed. For the serious auto repair guy with a spray gun and a bigger restoration project in mind, products also come in ready to spray pints, quarts, and gallons. AutomotiveTouchup products are shipped directly to customers to provide the highest quality products at the lowest cost possible. An easy-to-use online ordering process, as well as responsive, expert customer support and detailed instructional videos helps DIY guys get professional-looking results. To order, visit AutomotiveTouchup.com or call 1-888-710-5192.
How about something practical, like a Valvoline Instant Oil Change gift card? Any person who drives a car must also perform basic maintenance like oil changes. With more than 850 stores nationwide, it should be easy to find a Valvoline Instant Oil Change shop near you. Their full-service oil change includes five quarts of quality oil, a new, top-quality Valvoline oil filter, and lubrication of chassis components according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specs. While they're changing your oil, VIOC technicians will also check your transmission fluid, wiper blades, power steering fluid, headlights and taillights, windshield washer fluid, battery test at participating locations, antifreeze/coolant, differential fluids (if requested), tire pressure, transfer case fluid (if requested), air filter, and serpentine belt. Find out more at www.VIOC.com
Looking for an awesome last-minute gift you can download in just a few minutes? Give your loved one a world-class driving experience with high-speed track time in an exotic or muscle car at Speed Vegas. The full-throttle package ($345) will put your favorite driver behind the wheel of Lamborghini Gallardo or the Iconic Porsche 911 GT3 for five laps on their 1.5-mile racetrack. Or, let him (or her -- women like to drive fast too!) experience the power and excitement of America's hottest performance muscle cars like the Corvette Z06 and Shelby GT with no speed limits. ($196) Individual laps in a broad assortment of exciting vehicles can be purchased starting at $49. Download a gift certificate in less than 10 minutes or call 702-874-8888 today for the most exciting holiday gift on this list!
I haven't listened to terrestrial radio since I bought my Ford Fiesta; once my free Sirius trial period was over, there was no way I could give up virtually commercial-free radio with clear coast-to-coast coverage when taking long road trips. XM and Sirius Satellite Radio are great gifts for car lovers, and make a great holiday gift that lasts all year long. The all-access radio package available at SiriusXM offers automotive and internet radio for $199 a year; for other plans or to purchase a SiriusXM internet radio, call 1-866-SHOP-XM1, or go online to upgrade a package.
If your loved one doesn't already have one in the trunk, then a car emergency kit is a great way to show them how much you care about their safety. Consider this suede-style ultimate car kit from BatterySavers.com with multiple compartments packed full of such heavy-duty auto accessories as 8-foot 10-gauge booster cables, 15-foot 4500-pound capacity tow rope, non-flammable tire inflator, emergency water bag, flashlight with krypton bulb and signal cone, emergency blanket and poncho, and knit gloves. A 50-piece first aid kit contains adhesive bandages, antiseptic towelettes, gauze dressings, and first-aid instruction card.
Another great emergency preparedness stocking stuffer is this handy ResQMe tool to keep on your keychain. This handy device will help you shatter window glass if someone is trapped in the car, and its sharp, but protected, razor blade can also be used to cut seatbelts. The ResQMe ($10 to $15) device is available at ACE Hardware or Do It Best and online at amazon.com, saveyourlife.us, and autogeek.net.
Just because they're too young for a driver's license does not mean they're too young to have cars of their own! Porsche solves that dilemma with a Baby Porsche push-along car ($129), Cayenne pedal car ($279), or awesome 911 pedal car that features a steering wheel with horn and engine sounds ($359)! If you don't want to encourage such go-fast tastes so young, consider the Mini Cooper Baby Racer for $85, the Mini Convertible Pedal Car ($195), or an entire selection of Mini die-cast collectibles (from $20 for 1:87 scale replicas to $88 for 1:18 scale replicas) available through your local Mini dealer.
What car-loving woman wouldn’t also love a Harvey's Seatbelt bag? New colors include juicy Grapefruit and Mint, and a braided style called “Sophia.” Among the most-popular bags in the Harvey's line are a collection of 100% recycled seatbelts called "Treecycle": Fully lined with hemp fabric imprinted with eco-friendly inks, the Treecycle line includes small wallets ($78) and messenger bags ($98), full-size totes, and satchels ($118). It’s been many years since I’ve carried a diaper bag, but I absolutely adore the “Tough Love” diaper bag ($198) in shades of pink. I love my cranberry red messenger bag and the attention it gets from others who are attracted to its lovely but durable appearance! Plus, Harvey’s bags are handmade in the USA and come with a lifetime guarantee.
No gift guide would be complete without these high-end AutoTex Pink wiper blades that not only keep your windshield clear, but also support breast cancer research. Available in black and pink, a portion of every sale goes directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States or the Breast Cancer Society for Canadian purchases. Giving AutoTex Pink wiper blades is more than just a gift; it’s a selfless commitment and an investment in life-saving change.
Everyone needs power. Whether providing a jump start to keep your car running, powering a portable stereo to keep the speakers blaring, or recharging multiple phones and tablets for Googling, or keeping a tent lit for the kids, Weego Jump Starter 44 is the perfect gift solution for anyone in the family. Weego 44 jump starts gas and diesel engines, charges USB-enabled phones, tablets and portable speakers, powers 12V portable devices, and lights the way with an ultra-bright flashlight. Weego design and electrical engineers created Weego 44 to ensure it is easy-to-use, safe and reliable too - packed with features to end any dead-battery panic. The SRP of Weego Jump Starter 44 is $149.99. Available online at www.myweego.com and in select outdoor and marine retailers, it is the latest product in a complete line-up of Weego jump starters, jump starter accessories, and rechargeable battery packs.
There are several car #RoadsideSafety parts available that can help you make sure you are prepared if your car gets stuck or breaks down while you are out on the road. #StaySafeLED is one of them; it helps to alert drivers on the roads around you and keeps you safe. The Stay Safe LED is a tool you can use to help drivers notice your car if you are stopped on the road or the shoulder, and can be mounted to the driver- or passenger-side window with a convenient clip to allow you to stay safely inside the vehicle, or can also be attached to any magnetic surface outside the car. This handy safety item folds down to a compact size for easy storage in your glovebox, and can flash up to 30 hours using AAA batteries.
Whether you're celebrating the holidays at your friend's kitchen table or in a restaurant or pub, when it's time to head home, how will you know for sure that you're safe to drive? Enter Floome, a high-precision smartphone-based portable breathalyzer that's inexpensive and convenient to use. Compact and light with a sleek Italian design, Floome utilizes the same sensor as found in breathalyzers used by law enforcement officers. This little device can easily be carried in your purse to measure your blood alcohol level and deliver precise estimates directly to your smartphone, no matter where you are. If you’re not safe to drive and need a ride, the Floome app will help you find and call a taxi. At $99, the Floome certainly is an inexpensive alternative to the many thousands of dollars that a DUI could wind up costing.
It might be winter now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for spring and summer activities with this Grizzly Cooler/Stereo combo that lets you take your tunes along with the tailgate fun. Featuring an Alpine sound system installed in a Grizzly Cooler, its innovative design does not sacrifice storage capacity or cooling capability. The 180-watt Alpine sound system consists of a two-way, 5.25-inch component waterproof speaker system with 4x10-inch bass radiators and a compact audio amplifier. The Bluetooth wireless connection provides audio streaming and pairs to a portable device in seconds through the illuminated control panel. The side-mounted 3.5-mm aux input can be used for a wired connection to a portable device, while the 3.5-mm audio output links multiple PWD-CB1 Alpine ICE systems together for bigger sound. The PWD-CB1 Alpine ICE is powered by the included 16-foot cable that plugs into the vehicle’s 12-volt auxiliary power outlet. When the PWD-CB1 Alpine ICE is connected to the vehicle, the monitoring system on the control panel signals the user if the vehicle needs to be started to prevent the battery from completely discharging. $1500 at alpine-usa.com.