doesn't matter whether she is your wife, mother, or daughter; sister,
cousin, or aunt. Are you looking for a way to indulge that special
car-loving woman in your life? How about pampering her car -- or
pampering HER while she's in her car? Consider accommodating her
wildest driving fantasies with this collection of fun and luxurious
gift ideas sure to drive her wild with holiday happiness.
Piloti is Italian for "racing drivers" and no truer expression could be found to describe this performance driving footwear from Piloti Shoes. Using his background in biomechanics and design, owner Kevin Beard created the Touring line of shoes especially for car enthusiasts, rally junkies, and street rodders. Tested by our top racing drivers at Le Mans in up-coming Race Professional styles, and faturing an exclusive, patented Roll Control heel technology designed for heel-to-toe downshifting, reinforced heel and toe areas, and tough double-row stitching, the Prototipo ($85) is constructed of a combination of high-quality suede and mesh to offer the fit and performance expected from Piloti, and is now available in a pretty black and rose color combo. What woman could resist these? Note: Piloti shoes are sized for men, so when ordering online, convert to a woman's foot by shifting 1.5 sizes down.
Cut the Glare
If she's a woman who loves high performance, then give her a pair of sunglasses that promise to deliver ultimate performance. Costa del Mar offers a collection of eyewear that proves she doesn't have to sacrifice fashion for utility, even if she needs prescription lenses. See for yourself with the "Costa Lore" collection, which showcases designs that offer beautiful looks, superior optical-quality polarized glass in a variety of shades, and a lifetime warranty. We especially love the "Grace" model, which features a strong Italian Zyl frame with soft lines and quiet curves that will keep your car-loving lady comfortable as she drives into the sunset. From $119.
Help Her Find Her Way
If she's a classy lady driving a classic car, here's an easy way to give her a navigation system that won't break the bank, or require any installation into her dash. Garmin's nuvi 200W will guide her with detailed maps on a sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display and with clear, voice-prompted directions. Ready to go right out of the box, nuvi 200W comes preloaded with detailed street maps -- including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs, and more -- for the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico (or regional coverage in other areas). Navigation is just the beginning, though: nuvi 200W includes many travel tools such as a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator, and more. The nuvi 200W sports a sleek, slim design that will fit comfortably in her pocket or purse, and features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. While Garmin's official suggested retail price is around $350, Amazon.com and other online retailers are pricing it around $230, so shop carefully to find the best deal.
Show Her She's a Super Mom
If your Mom can manage baby boss temper tantrums by night and meet grownup boss deadlines by day, while juggling children and career in an ongoing pursuit of work/life balance, show her how much you admire her with her very own "Super Mom" action figure doll. This six-inch-tall plastic mommy morphs between home mode and career mode thanks to her eight 'weapons' of mommy might including interchangeable happy and frazzled heads, a mood-swinging baby, super-long to-do list, a grocery bag of tasty but healthy snacks, magical carryall bag, and choice of fashionable footwear (work heels and casual mothering shoes). With a suggested retail price of $14.99 U.S. or $19.99 Canadian, the Super Mom action figure doll is available in three different ethnicities - Caucasian, African American, and Asian American - and can be purchased online at www.cmdstore.com/happyworker.
More Than a Bag, Lady
Who needs fancy designer logos? A Harvey's Seat Belt Bag is a must-have for for any car-loving girl! Available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, these fabulous bags are woven of - you guessed it! - strong and durable seatbelt straps. Each bag is lovingly built by the Harvey's team to exact specifications; most are fully lined with the Harvey's signature lining, and (depending on the model) are constructed with a variety of features from zip top closures to keep her valuables safe, to zippered and open pouch interior pockets that keep cosmetics, cell phones, and keys within easy reach. Take your pick: Satchels, messenger bags, totes, wallets, and coin purses range in price from $10 to $300.
We're Gonna Wash That Dirt Right Off of Her Car
This seven-piece car wash kit from Meguiar's has all the premium products you need to keep her car's exterior, interior, and wheels clean. Available in-store at Wal-Mart, Target, and Sears, and online for about $22 at Amazon.com this car-care kit will keep her pride and joy looking show-car perfect all year long. Car wash foams away tough dirt, road grime, and wax protection, while a high-gloss wax nourishes and enriches paint to create clear, deep reflections, and a brilliant shine. The Quik interior detailer quickly and easily maintains the look and feel of interior plastics, vinyl, leather, rubber, metal, and even audio/visual equipment. Last but not least, the kit includes a protectant to make those tires glisten with maximum shine and luster. The kit also includes a microfiber polishing cloth and convenient carrying case, so when you're done washing her ride it will be easy for you to put everything away neatly.
Play Doctor -- With Her Car
CarMD is a revolutionary, automotive diagnostic tool that allows women drivers to take control of their vehicle's health by offering a fast, convenient way to monitor her vehicle's health. Awarded the 2007 CES Innovation Award from the Consumer Electronics Association, this easy-to-use handheld gadget fits easily inside her the glove box and can link to her PC and an online database to provide information that, until now, only trained mechanics had. Whether she's checking out a used car before buying, or determining why her 'Check Engine' light might be on, the Car MD diagnostic tool will help her discern probable causes and estimate repair costs, BEFORE heading off to the repair shop. CarMD is now available direct to consumers for $89.99 at www.CarMD.com or by calling 888.MyCarMD (888.692.2763).
Dress Her up in Car Love
If your car-loving lady sometimes just wants to kick back in a tee-shirt and jeans, why not give her a chance to relax in something comfy? For the true racing fan, California Car Cover offers a broad selection from MoonEyes to Donut Derelicts, all in 100% pre-shrunk cotton, starting at $20. CafePress offers a variety of sentiments including "I Race in Heels" and "No, it's not my boyfriend's (husband's) car..." to logos professing specific vehicle loyalties. Because Cafe Press is a custom shop, you can find a variety of artwork and styles from short to long-sleeved tees, as well as other accessories, to find exactly what will fit her taste and size.
Ring in the New Year
If she truly loves automobiles, what could be a better token of affection than a piece of jewelry to express that passion? Artist Brian Bergeron has designed a series of "tire rings" - bands with car, bike, and motorcycle tread designs -- in a variety of metals, including silver, gold, palladium, and platinum. Prices start around $100 for sterling, and top off around $3700 for platinum!
Take Her to Top Speeds, Legally
If your car-loving lady is anything like us, she craves opportunities to experience high speeds. Why not enroll her in a Richard Petty Driving Experience where she can drive hot laps in a 600-hp NASCAR-style stock car on any one of more than 20 participating tracks across the country? Top speed varies according to student performance, track location, and limits set for each program, but ride-along experiences begin around $100 for three laps in the passenger seat while a professional driver takes her out at speeds exceeding 150 mph. If that's not exciting enough, consider stepping up to a full-on driving experience that offers from eight to as many as 80 laps in the driver's seat. Prices for driving programs range from $399 for a half-day experience to $2500 for greater intensity and increased laps. Trust us, nothing beats the thrill of piloting that much horsepower at those speeds. For a limited time during the holiday season, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is offering a special $59 Holiday Ride-Along package at select tracks across the country.