AskPatty’s Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Auto-Oriented Kids and Pampered Pets!
Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for gift ideas, here are a few more. We’ve gathered up a collection of great ideas for the younger drivers in your family. No matter their age or driving level, we've got something here to please all your car-loving kids! Or, if you’re at a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter, we’ve also found a few fun things for your special pets!
Motor Across America with this fun family “Road Trip” board game that challenges your ($27) general knowledge, vocabulary, and geography. Can you rattle off three towns that start with the letter "P"? What about three fast foods that contain the letter "B"? Or, finish the "Tale of the Trip" by filling in the blanks with words beginning with "A"? Great for ages eight years and up, you can leave the board at home, and bring the questions along for your own road trip, to keep passengers occupied while traveling.
Want to start a conversation? We love the Melissa & Doug Family Road Trip Game ($10) Kids and parents alike will be challenged by the thought-provoking questions in each box, each one designed to grab interest, spark conversation, and create special opportunities to learn more about your loved ones. Family Road Trip also includes games, quiz cards, and write-on game maps to help highway time fly by if you’ll be doing much traveling over the holidays.
The latest trend in remote-control toys is a control system managed through a bluetooth connected iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The app that powers this fun little remote-controlled Ferrari Enzo from Silverlit delivers fun effects, from the roar of a revved engine to the realistic Ferrari dashboard design on your mobile-device screen. Your device’s gesture controls actually drive the car with the tilt of the controller. Tilt forward to accelerate, backward to stop and go in reverse. Tilt right or left - turn right or left. Force feedback delivers the rumble of the engine to the device in your hands and increases as you go faster. This one is better for older kids (11-17 years) and is priced around $75.
There is SO much to love about the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise, and you can buy it practically anywhere. Target has a giant collection of Cars-themed products, both online and in stores, and if you can’t find what you want there, Amazon has a ton more. Whether your kidlet loves Lightning McQueen or prefers Sally Carrera, the options for gifts for young boys and girls run the gamut from décor for their room to plush toys great for any age range. Some kids might like playing with Cars-characters die-cast toys, while older ones might enjoy playing with them in a virtual video world, thanks to Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure for Xbox.
Is your family full of budding Mini Motoring enthusiasts? How about miniature pedal car designed to look like the MINI Cooper S Cabrio! Blue with white bonnet stripes, this toy pedal car has special plastic tires to minimize noise for indoor use. It's suitable for ages 3 - 5 years for about $150 at Mini.
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, then check out Go MINI Freestylers and Crew-zers, a collection of model cars with their own character and special features. All are based on the Cooper S and range from $9 to $25.
The Mini Motoring Gear website offers a giant collection of fun stuff, including a cool plush bulldog, caps, and baby tees and socks, and even an RC cooper. If you’re running late, that’s still great: MINI is offering free two-day shipping on items that weigh less than 20 pounds until December 31st.
If you want to teach your little ones to appreciate the finer luxury of Mercedes-Benz, start them out with a Bobby-Benz SLS AMG ride-on toy ($127). Its gray plastic body features ergonomic seating, tight turning circle, infinite precision-axle steering, and original Mercedes-Benz AMG rims. Mercedes also offers a two-wheeled option with this elegant wood balance bike painted in Mercedes-Benz Motorsport design ($180). Its steering angle is limited for safety reasons, and it rides on black 12-inch plastic wheels with rubber tires. It wears a Mercedes-Benz 3D star logo on front and has “Mercedes-Benz Motorsport” lettering printed on side.
Mercedes lifestyle collection for kids has a great assortment of plush dogs and bears made by Gund, super soft and perfect for little ones to cuddle ($24 to $50), caps blankets, baby tees, and even an plush SLS car.
My favorite? An $18 set of pair of metal car-motif wall hooks for children in the silhouettes of the Mercedes-Benz SLK (blue) and SLS (red).
Looking for more performance? Fund your own little one’s Porsche enthusiasm with these small-scale Porsche products made for kids! We love the plush Porsche teddy bear wearing a Porsche cap and a Porsche Motorsport race suit; he’s available in three sizes from $30 to $270.
They might be too young for the road, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still drive a kid-sized Porsche! The baby Porsche ride-on car ($150) is great from kids from one to three years old, and features soft, low-noise rubber tires, as well as an ergonomically recessed seat for small children and knee indentations for larger children. The 911 pedal car ($420) is better for kids over three and is designed with a molded ergonomic sports seat and pedal drive. If two wheels are more your style, then consider Porsche-designed kid’s bike ($435) for kids age three and up. Two products in one, this push-along bike can be converted to a children's bike in a few simple steps. Its lightweight aluminum frame features an adjustable height, ergonomically designed saddle, handlebars with protective padding and bell, smooth-running 14-inch wheels with ball bearings and reflective stripes, and adjustable cantilever front brakes and back pedal brake.
Porsche is offering free shipping on all online orders until December 31, 2013, but if you don’t want to wait, you can also find many items at your Porsche dealer’s parts department.
Mini Cooper Bulldog Products for your Pet
Mini Cooper Bulldog accessories are perfect for pets on the go! Here’s a couple items you can keep in your car all the time for road trips with Fido. Play fetch with a 7-inch Frisbee that features a rugged nylon rope ring and squeakers.
This cute little waterproof, easy-to-clean container ($25) makes pet meals on the go a snap thanks to separate compartments for food and water, and then collapses into a handy zip storage case with rugged leather exterior.
Canine Covers have been making car seat and cargo covers since 1998 and provide the most comfortable way for your dog to ride in style while protecting vehicle seating surfaces, floor, seatback and cargo areas from pet hair, scuffing and “accidents”. They can make a custom pet pad for your car and also offer an entire stock of already-made ones that will fit most any bucket and bench seats. Perfectly tailored from three types of fabric and 17 colors and patterns to fit the contours of your car, SUV or pickup, Canine Covers follow the seat contours and can even accommodate a split seatback with a hook and loop closure seam. Seat belt openings allow use of a canine travel restraints or easy use by two-legged passengers as well. Pricing is determined by vehicle and application.